What we know so far about Hull’s…

What we know so far about Hull’s £392m Castle Street upgrade – and what needs to happen for it to start
2019-10-23 14:46:00
We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAn operation to move a new £12m footbridge into place is set to close Hull’s busiest road for a weekend next month. But that disruption is likely to pale into comparison with the expected upheaval during the £392.5m upgrade of Castle Street which is finally due to get underway late next year. The long-awaited scheme is currently expected to take four years to complete. Highways England officials have said they aim to keep traffic flowing through the city centre and on major roads in surrounding neighbourhoods as best they can. That includes a commitment to keep at least one lane open in each direction during the day on the A63 between Myton Bridge and the Daltry Street flyover and only resorting to overnight temporary closures when necessary. The agency is also working closely with Hull City Council, bus companies and businesses in the area. The new £12m footbridge being assembled close to Castle Street (Image: Jerome Ellerby) Details of how traffic will be managed during the construction period will be announced nearer the starting date. But here’s what we know so far about the most expensive road improvement scheme in Hull’s history. Why it’s needed Nearly 50,000 vehicles travel along Castle Street every day but the design of the current Mytongate junction and a number of traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossings along the route can create huge tailbacks at peak times. This slows down vehicles heading to and from the docks and adds to the costs of hauliers who use the port. How the new Castle Street footbridge will look The congestion also ensures air quality is poor in the immediate area while the Marina and Fruit Market areas remain difficult to reach by foot from other parts of the city centre. The scheme in detail The main feature of the project is a completely re-designed junction where Ferensway meets Castle Street. The plan is to lower a section of the east-west A63 route and build a new road above it linking Ferensway to Commercial Road. In addition, the eastbound carriageway will be widened to three lanes between Princes Dock Street and Myton Bridge. As well as the spectacular footbridge about to be installed between the southern end of Princes Doc

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