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The Department for Transport has this week given final approval to the A63 Castle Street improvement scheme in Hull. Set to cost £355 million and take around five years to complete, the Highways England scheme will transform one of the city’s busiest roads and improve access to the waterfront for people and goods.
Transport for the North included this scheme in its Strategic Transport Plan, published in February 2019, pointing out that it would significantly reduce congestion and improve connectivity between the city centre to the north and the retail and dock areas to the south.
The scheme includes lowering the level of the road at the Mytongate junction and widening the carriageway. As well as improving access and reducing congestion, these changes will enhance safety and allow for more reliable and easier movement of people and freight. This scheme is the second phase of A63 improvements, with work to install a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists already well underway.
Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director at Transport for the North, commented on the announcement: “We’re pleased that this essential scheme has now been given the go-ahead after already being included in the March 2020 Budget.
“It will make a significant improvement to local connectivity, reduce congestion on a road that is used by around 47,000 vehicles each day, open up the waterfront area to visitors, and also make the docks more accessible for freight movements.
“This represents another piece of the jigsaw being fitted into place in Transport for the North’s long-term vision to create a multimodal transport network to support our region’s people and businesses for generations to come.
“We look forward to seeing activity start on the ground so that the benefits to the city of Hull can be realised as soon as possible.”