Hull given £1m to prevent gridlock when…

Hull given £1m to prevent gridlock when A63 upgrade works start
2020-12-08 11:34:00
An extra £1m is to be spent on improvements to Hull's road network. The funding from Highways England is a boost to Hull City Council's existing highways budget for road maintenance and repairs. It will be used to support a range of measures aimed at mitigating the impact of traffic being diverted away from the A63 once construction work starts on the £355m Castle Street upgrade scheme early next year. A number of so-called pinch-points have been identified where the potential for heavy congestion is likely. The dual carriageway running through the city centre is expected to remain open to traffic during the four-year improvement project but it will be reduced to a single lane in each direction during certain periods. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. There are also expected to be a limited number of full overnight closures. Traffic building around Mytongate roundabout (Image: Kate Pugh) Most of the anticipated disruption is expected to be near the Mytongate junction where a section of the A63 will be lowered into an underpass with a new road linking Ferenway and Commercial Road being built above it. Highways England senior project manager James Leeming said: “We have been working with Hull City Council for several years to identify areas where we can help the local authority to increase the resilience of its network. “This funding will enable local routes to cope better with increased traffic flows. “We start work at the Mytongate junction in the new year to create more space for the preparatory work needed for the new underpass, which is an important stage in the progress of the scheme.” Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “We welcome this funding and commitment from Highways En
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