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New traffic model to inform future plans for the city

Plans to develop a new traffic model to understand and improve how traffic moves across Hull have been given the go-ahead.

It’s the first time a traffic model will be available for use across the whole city.

It means that the local authority will have the ability to virtually implement plans such as a proposed housing development or a transport improvement scheme to better understand the wider impact it will have on traffic before the scheme goes ahead.

Councillor Mark Ieronimo, Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Roads and Highways,: “This could be a gamechanger for how we plan and develop Hull for future generations.

“The traffic model could transform how the council delivers schemes, making sure that is it done in the most efficient and effective way possible by identifying any early interventions that may be required.

“By investing in this model, the council will be able to understand the impact of a future development on the transport network and identify measures to improve it.”

Consultants Pell Frischmann will focus on delivering the transport assessment for a multi-modal transport model including Hull and the surrounding area, and the development of a bus rapid transit route and improved cycling facility along Foredyke Stream – stretching from Hull city centre to Kingswood.

Councillor Ieronimo: “As the housing market continues to grow, the council recognises that there is increased pressure on the roads, and this modelling will help plan for a multi-modal approach which can make use of the existing highways network, ensuring it is accessible for all road users.”

The plans were approved at a Hull City Council Cabinet meeting on Monday 28 November.

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