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Essential maintenance work on seven bridges
over the A1079 from Monday 23 January

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that essential maintenance work on seven bridges over the A1079 between the roundabout at Bishop Burton and the east of Jocks Lodge interchange is about to be carried out.
The £500,000 project, funded through the highway maintenance grant allocated to the council by the Department for Transport, will begin on Monday 23 January, and is scheduled for completion by the end of March, 2017.
The work, to be carried out by the council’s contractors, Balfour Beatty, will include replacing and maintaining the bearings beneath the bridge beams; replacing life-expired joints; repairing damaged concrete; and building new access platforms to facilitate future inspections of the bridges.
In order to ensure the safety of road users and contractors, a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the A1079 in the vicinity of the works. Lane closures will be in place on the dual carriageway sections of the road, and during the night, traffic signals will be used to minimise disruption to traffic.
Traffic lights will also be in place on both Newbald Road and Walkington Road where they cross the A1079. The layby to the north of Jocks Lodge interchange will be closed to provide a working area for the contractors.
Councillor Andy Burton, portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said : “ We apologise to motorists for any inconvenience caused by these essential works, but reassure all road users that these works will ensure the long-term future of all these bridges over this very busy road.”




Nearly 4,000 Cottingham households can now find out when they will be able to access ultrafast broadband in 2017.

Local communications provider KCOM today announced which streets across the village will be next to get its ground breaking Lightstream service.

The news comes as KCOM continues the unprecedented £60m rollout of its cutting edge and future proof broadband fibre network, which can deliver download speeds of 250Mbps (megabits per second) for residential customers and one Gigabit per second for businesses.

More than 42 streets (including more than 900 homes) in Cottingham will go ultrafast during January while a further 2,400 homes in the village will receive Lightstream in March.

KCOM’s Executive Vice President Gary Young, said: “Thousands more homes and businesses will be able to connect to Lightstream during 2017, and we’re delighted to provide customers with more detailed information about when they will be able to sign up.

“Demand for Lightstream has been phenomenal and we are connecting a new customer every 30 minutes, which truly puts Hull at the forefront of the ultrafast revolution. Many of these people are entirely new to KCOM as we extend the benefits of ultrafast internet speeds to a whole new group of customers.

“The significant financial investment in this new infrastructure is now paying dividends for householders and businesses with ultrafast broadband as standard reaching more and more areas of north, east and west Hull as well as the surrounding towns and villages in the East Riding.

“This is truly putting Hull at the forefront of the UK’s ultrafast revolution.”

The release of locations and timescale for the next phase of KCOM’s fibre deployment follows news that Lightstream is now available to more than 110,000 properties across Hull and East Yorkshire, a milestone that was reached ahead of schedule following KCOM’s decision to accelerate the pace of the rollout.

By the end of 2017, Lightstream will be available to at least 150,000 properties, equal to 75 per cent of KCOM’s overall network in Hull and East Yorkshire.

This cements Hull’s claim to be the only city in the UK where broadband with download speeds of at least 100Mbps is being made available as standard.

This is because KCOM is installing fibre cables all the way from its telephone exchanges to the customers’ properties.

In most of the rest of the UK, fibre cables are typically laid only as far as telecoms cabinets in the street, with copper cable forming the final connection to the customer. The result is slower download speeds that vary according to how far a customer lives from the street cabinet.

KCOM’s investment in ultrafast broadband network was praised by Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock at the Broadband World Forum in London last October, where he singled out KCOM’s commitment to full fibre roll out as “the future”.
Details of the next phases of the rollout can be found at www.kcomhome.com/rollout where customers can check when ultrafast will be available in their postcode.

Customers in the roll out areas announced today can also pre-register their interest in Lightstream on KCOM’s website to take advantage of priority booking for installation appointments before they become available to the general public.


Drivers warned to take extra care on the roads


The council is issuing the following advice to help residents drive safely during winter conditions:

Driving on snow, ice and slush:

  • Drive slowly using the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
  • Manoeuvre gently, avoid sudden braking or acceleration.
  • When slowing down, get into a low gear as early as possible and allow your speed to reduce using the brake pedal gently.
  • Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Remember, in these conditions it can take 10 times longer to stop than on a dry road.

    Driving in winter sun:

  • Dazzle from the winter sun is an underestimated hazard. Carry sunglasses to help reduce the glare.

    Driving in fog:

  • Drive slowly using dipped headlights or fog lights.
  • Do not drive too closely to the vehicle in front.
  • Do not speed up if the fog suddenly lifts, it drifts rapidly and is often patchy.

    In difficult conditions:

  • Do not drive unless you absolutely need to.
  • Check weather forecasts and travel information.
  • If possible, tell someone when you expect to arrive.
  • Make sure you are equipped for your journey with warm clothing, food, a torch, a shovel, water, boots, a hazard warning triangle and a fully charged hands free mobile phone.


Work about to start on new Multi-Service Centre

for Cottingham

Work is due to begin soon on a refurbishment scheme for the Cottingham Library building, as part of the council’s £7.4 million programme of creating a number of new Multi -Service Centres across the East Riding.

The work at Cottingham will see the customer service centre and registration service move into the refurbished  library building, offering customers a one-stop-shop facility, in a modern and attractive environment. It is anticipated that work will be completed within ten months.

During the building works, the customer service centre and registration service will continue to operate as normal from their existing locations. The library service will, however, be relocating to temporary accommodation in front of the Civic Hall in Cottingham for the duration of the work.

The library will close temporarily at the end of business on Saturday 10  December at 12.30pm and will re-open in its new temporary location in front of the Civic Hall at 9.30 am on Monday 19  December.
The opening hours during the building project  will be:

Mon   9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00
Tues   9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00
Wed   Closed
Thurs  9.30 – 12.30            1.30-7.30
Fri       9.30 – 12.30            1.30-5.00   
Sat      9.30-12.30


Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111


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