Start date for £250m A63 Castle Street upgrade put back AGAIN

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jul 2017

Work on the long-awaited upgrade of Hull's busiest road is not expected to start until 2019.

The latest delay over the improvement scheme for Castle Street was revealed today by city council transport portfolio holder Councillor Martin Mancey.

He said Highways England had informed the council that a development consent order for the multi-million project was now due to be submitted in October.

The equivalent of a planning application, the order had been expected to be submitted to the government in May.

Councillor Mancey said: "The timetable for the consent order has slipped a little which is unfortunate but as it's a Highways England scheme there's not a lot we can do about it as a council.

"Assuming the consent order is agreed, it does probably mean that actual work on the ground will not start until 2019 at the earliest."

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He said the council would continue to press Highways England to include the construction of a proposed new footbridge over Castle Street between Princes Dock and the Marina in the initial phase if the work.

"We remain very keen to see the bridge in place as soon as practically possible to maintain connectivity to the Fruit Market area for pedestrians.

"That would also allow the existing pedestrian crossings along the route to be removed."

He said the council would also be lobbying to ensure two lanes of traffic are maintained in each direction during the scheme, which is scheduled to last four years.

The works include lowering a section of the road at the current Mytongate junction and building a new road above it, linking Ferensway to Commercial Road.

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Several junction improvements would also be carried out. The estimated cost of the project has been put at £250m.

Cllr Mancey said council officials were due to meet their counterparts at Highways England next month to discuss latest cost estimates ahead of the consent order being finalised for submission.

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