The council successfully bid for £3.2m towards the project from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The landowner and project partner, Horncastle Group, is also providing a £1.6million contribution to the scheme – with East Riding of Yorkshire Council funding the remainder.
The project has involved the construction of the final section of new link road across the old Brough Aerodrome site to join Skillings Lane with Moor Road – creating a new route for traffic to help ease congestion in Brough town centre.
Representatives from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Horncastle group and contractors gathered to today (Monday 14 March) mark the official opening of the finished Brough Relief Road.
Now complete, the scheme is expected to generate significant economic growth for Brough by:
- unlocking 85 hectares of employment land and 17,200 square metres of commercial space,
- thereby creating up to 600 new jobs,
- opening up new land for around 550 houses and new space for the local community.
The finished road will now provide an essential link between the new Brough South Development and the western side of the town, and also provide brand new access for the Humber Enterprise Park (HEP) Enterprise Zone site.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I’m extremely pleased we’ve been able to attract funding for this vital scheme which will bring so many social and economic benefits to the town of Brough.
“We expect this new infrastructure will now take some of the larger HGV traffic away from the town centre, as they can use the direct Brough Relief Road to reach the industrial sites.
“Now the scheme is complete, it will open up a huge area of land for major investment in the town.”
Councillor Claire Holmes, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said: “The council took the lead and forward-funded the design, planning and feasibility work for this final phase of the Brough Relief Road in order to accelerate the scheme.
“This has helped to link two important projects for the benefit of this town.
“Brough South, led by the Horncastle Group, and the Humber Enterprise Park, led by Citivale are two employment related projects that have the potential to transform the town and make a significant contribution to the local and regional economy.
"The council would like to acknowledge the work of local contractor C R Reynolds and the Horncastle Group, which have worked with council officers to bring this project forward.”
Work on the Brough Relief Road Phase Three began in November 2020, and staff on-site have had to contend with working through the Covid pandemic.
The work has been carried out by civil engineering specialist C R Reynolds on behalf of the council, and involved:
- The construction of an 800m (0.5 mile) single-carriageway road linking Skillings Lane and Saltgrounds Road with Moor Road.
- The creation of a new priority junction at Skillings Lane and Saltgrounds Road.
- Making dedicated cycleways and footpaths alongside both sides of the road.
James Newman OBE, chair of the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Brough Relief Road is an essential piece of infrastructure that will improve the air quality through Brough Town Centre, as a result of the reduction in traffic through the town.
“It will also bring about an improvement in the local economy with opportunities for more local jobs and additional commercial opportunities. The planned additional community spaces and improved public realm spaces will also help improve health and wellbeing for local people.
“This scheme would not have been possible without this legacy project and I am delighted that we have been able to support this project.”
Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, said: “The completion of the Brough Relief Road is a major milestone in the development of Brough South and the wider town and we are particularly pleased to be able to facilitate delivery at such an early stage in the project, well ahead of schedule.
“It will facilitate better access to the Humber Enterprise Park, relieving congestion in the town centre, and will enable local people to access the facilities and amenities we are providing as part of the Brough South development.”
Andy Gaze, managing director of C R Reynolds Ltd said: “The Brough Relief Road has been another very important project which completes the wider scheme and has paved the way for the Brough South development.
“It has created opportunities for many local suppliers and allowed C R Reynolds Ltd to employ two new apprentices allowing fantastic opportunities for these employees to progress in the future”.