A63 Castle Street Improvement
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
We are working hard to finalise the Development Consent Order application and will submit it as soon as further necessary traffic and environmental assessments have been completed.
We still expect to start construction in 2016/2017 and complete in approximately 4 years
Ground investigations to begin at Trinity Burial Ground
The A63 Castle Street scheme will see a new phase of the project starting week commencing 2 March 2015.
Investigative work is due to start at Trinity Burial Ground, near the Mytongate junction on Castle Street. The investigations are needed so that specialists can evaluate the condition of the graves, and conduct ground surveys. This will allow plans to be made in the event that planning permission is granted for the A63 Castle Street improvements.
Approximately one third of the Burial Ground will be affected by the proposed scheme, and this early phase of work has been allowed after permission was granted from Holy Trinity Church and the Diocese of York. To ensure the work is carried out respectfully, a secure fence will be put up around Trinity Burial Ground and areas will be screened off. The work will involve removal of low lying bushes, ground surveys, and the temporary removal of some of the grave monuments.
The investigations will be carried out by specialist contractors and overseen by archaeologists. Any monuments removed will be managed carefully, placed into safe storage and replaced once work has been completed. At this stage the work carried out will initially be ground surveys, should any human remains need to be exhumed, they would be treated sensitively and with respect.
Subject to receiving planning permission, the main exhumation work is expected to start in 2016/17.
If anyone has any further enquires about the work, or if people do think they have ancestors who may be buried in Trinity Burial Ground, please contact the project team by calling 0113 2373752 or emailing them at A63castlestreet.email@example.com
Trinity Burial Ground
The proposed scheme will affect approximately one third of Trinity Burial Ground, which is located off Castle Street (refer to diagram). This additional space is required to enable us to construct one of the slip roads for the Mytongate junction improvement proposed as part of the scheme.
This will mean the burials and monuments within this area of the burial ground will need to be relocated to enable construction of the scheme.
We will ensure that the road improvement works impacting the Trinity Burial Ground are managed respectfully, with full care and consideration to human remains, surviving monuments, historic architecture and addressing the concerns of living descendants. The burial ground is consecrated ground and we are in close dialogue with representatives from Holy Trinity Church and the Diocese of York to ensure that all appropriate measures and permissions are in place for the planned works.
Research of the available records suggests that up to 16,000 burials may be located within the affected area of the burial ground. Human remains from this area will be exhumed before the main construction programme. This will involve the controlled removal of human remains by a team of trained archaeologists and cemetery exhumation specialists. We expect this work would not start until 2016/17, with plans to undertake preliminary ground investigation and evaluation surveys in advance. Some of the remains may subsequently be analysed to help provide information about life in Hull during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Human remains will be reburied and monuments replaced within the unaffected area of the burial ground, with an appropriate service.
We will also upgrade the unaffected area of Trinity Burial Ground to maximise benefits to the local community, while balancing this with its historical significance and value as a site of nature conservation importance.
If you have ancestors buried in Trinity Burial Ground and you have any queries regarding these proposals please contact the project team by calling 0113 2373752 or emailing them at A63castlestreet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the public consultation exercise that we carried out between June and August 2013, we have developed proposals for minor road improvements to maintain access to the Old Town area. These proposals include changing the current South Church Side and Dagger Lane one-way system to two-way with localised road widening, changing priorities at the junction between the A63 and Princes Dock Street and creation of a shared space for pedestrians and vehicles on North Church Side. Also included are localised footway strengthening to support vehicles overrunning, relocation of street lighting columns and associated traffic signs and road marking changes.
A plan of these proposals can be found on the publications page. Please note that the Old Town plan shows the current A63 layout.
A targeted consultation seeking views from affected landowners and stakeholders on proposed areas of land required temporarily to construct the scheme and the proposed route for drainage took place between 25 March and 17 June 2014. Various plots of land in the vicinity of the scheme are being considered for site compounds, material storage and material treatment areas. The sites may be required for the full duration of the construction of the scheme, which is currently expected to be approximately four years. The responses to this consultation are now being considered. Thank you to everyone who provided comments.
We have now identified a need to extend the boundary of the scheme at the western end. The new proposal extends the boundary of the scheme from the junction with St James Street to the A63 junction with Ropery Street. This extension is to allow us to carry out minor improvements to this section of road, including installing road signs, replacing street lighting and changing the road markings to tie in with the main improvements works to the Mytongate junction. A targeted consultation seeking views from affected landowners and stakeholders regarding this extension took place between 22 April and 28 May 2014 and the responses to this consultation are now being considered. Thank you to everyone who provided comments.
A consultation on the design options for the proposed new footbridge over the A63 at Princes Quay took place between 20 January 2014 and 18 February 2014, the consultation documents are still available to view on the A63 Castle Street consultation page. We are now considering your responses as we develop the proposals further. Thank you to everyone who provided comments.
We have previously conducted a pre-application consultation between Friday 28 June 2013 and Thursday 15 August 2013. The consultation documents are still available to view on the previous A63 Castle Street public consultation page.
We are now carefully considering your responses as we develop our proposals further. Thank you to everyone who provided comments.
What is happening?
We propose to improve a 0.9 miles (1.5km) stretch of the A63 at Castle Street by lowering the level of the road into a cutting by approximately 7.6 yards (7 metres) at Mytongate Junction. Ferensway and Commercial Road would pass over, being raised by approximately 1.09 yards (1 metre), creating a split level junction.
When and where is this happening?
This section of the A63 Castle Street is a dual carriageway which runs in an east-west direction to the south of Hull city centre, between Porter Street and Myton Bridge for a distance of approximately 0.9 miles (1.5km). The route is one of the busiest sections of road in the whole of East Yorkshire and is an important link between the M62, Humber Bridge and Port of Hull.
The A63 improvement scheme is one of six selected by the Government to have its design and development work funded now, for potential construction after the 2014/15 financial year. Start of work on the full scheme is subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory processes and the availability of funding in the next spending review.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
On 8 May 2012, Roads Minister Mike Penning, announced that funding would be provided in this Spending Review period to develop the A63 Castle Street Improvement Scheme, "to ensure a 'pipeline' of future Highways Agency major infrastructure improvements will be maintained, contributing to future economic growth, and supporting Government's National Infrastructure Plan." By developing the scheme now, it will be in a good position to be considered for delivery in the early years of the next Spending Review period (post 2015). The estimated cost of this scheme is in the range of £135 million and £202 million.
In the meantime the scheme will be designed to a higher level of detail and consultations will continue with key stakeholders and members of the public to discuss scheme details and to ensure that the scheme benefits as many people as possible.
It is important to note that by advancing this scheme through its development phase, this does not guarantee its construction; this decision will be taken at the next spending review. For more information visit our Future Spending Review page.
How will the scheme be carried out?
We would widen the eastbound carriageway to three lanes between Princes Dock Street and Market Place, with the nearside lane being marked for local weaving traffic. The westbound carriageway would have two lanes, as at present.Provide pedestrian footbridges at Porter Street, in front of Princes Quay shopping centre and at Market Place, to allow pedestrians to cross above Castle Street. We propose to close accesses from Castle Street on safety grounds, alternative accesses would be provided.
What are the benefits?
The objectives of this scheme are to improve access to the Port of Hull, relieve congestion and improve safety. In addition, the project seeks to reduce the impact of the barrier caused by Castle Street between the city centre to the north and developments, tourist and recreational facilities to the south.
How do I find out more information ?
More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.
|Preferred Route Announcement||March 2010|
|Start of Pre-application consultation||28 June 2013|
|Pre-application consultation exhibition||19, 20 July and 10 August|
|End of Pre-application consultation||15 August 2013|
|Start of the targeted consultation on changing existing plans for a new pedestrian footbridge at Market Place with an alternative option to improve a route via High Street to cross underneath the A63||2 September 2013|
|End of targeted consultation on pedestrian crossing at Market Place||29 September 2013|
|Start of the targeted consultation on proposed designs for the footbridge over the A63 at Princes Quay||20 January 2014|
|End of consultation on proposed designs for the footbridge over the A63 at Princes Quay||18 February 2014|
|Start of consultation on temporary land sites and drainage route options. During this period a number of targeted consultations were held on various sites across the scheme||25 March 2014|
|Start of consultation on the extension to the western end of the scheme in order to carry out minor improvements including installing road signs, replacing street lighting and changing the road markings||22 April 2014|
|End of consultation on the extension to the western end of the scheme||28 May 2014|
|End of consultation on a number of temporary land sites and drainage||17 June 2014|
|Submit Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate||Winter 2015/16|
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010
Preferred Route Announcement Leaflet
Public Consultation leaflet - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED
Public Consultation leaflet - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED
Public Consultation Exhibition (Scheme Information) - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED
A plan of proposals for minor road improvements to maintain access to the Old Town area
Appraisal Summary Table
Public Consultation Report - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED
Scheme Assessment Report