Hull road closure causes long traffic delay

Traffic jam
Image caption Some motorists claimed they experienced delays of up to 90 minutes

Motorists in Hull have faced long delays after roadworks forced the closure of a main road.

County Road North, west of the city, closed for repairs on Monday. It follows a series of roadworks in the area that started earlier in the year.

The council apologised for the "inconvenience" but said the closure was to ensure public safety.

It claimed the failure of a railway crossing barrier on Springbank West earlier had contributed to the delays.

Some motorists claimed they experienced delays of up to 90 minutes during their morning commute.

'Has to be done'

The council has been carrying out a series of repairs since April and closed a number of roads to traffic including Woodcock Street, Bishop Lane and Princes Street. Further closures are expected later this year at Wilton Street, St Georges Road and Alliance Lane.

Roadworks are also taking place on the A164 between Cottingham and Willerby.

A number of diversions have been put in place throughout the city.

County Road North is closed for seven weeks but is open to pedestrians and cyclists.

The council said "many years of winter gritting" had "contaminated the reinforced concrete supporting the bridge" across County Road North.

Graham Hall, assistant head of service for transport and asset management at Hull City Council, said: "The work has to be done to County Road flyover. It's for safety reasons."

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