A63 Castle Street Improvement

Project status:   Planned


Start date:   Post 2015
End date:  To be confirmed


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £129 million to £192 million


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Scheme update

As part of the pre-application stage for the A63 Castle Street improvement Development Consent Order, further traffic and environmental assessments are necessary. We are working hard to finalise the application and will submit it as soon as these have been completed. We still expect to start work on this scheme in 2016/2017 and to complete it in 2020.

Old Town

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.

Temporary land

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.

Extended scheme

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.

Bridge consultation

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.

Pre-application consultation

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 £129 million and £192 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 ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

ActivityDate
Preferred Route AnnouncementMarch 2010
Start of Pre-application consultation28 June 2013
Pre-application consultation exhibition19, 20 July and 10 August
End of Pre-application consultation15 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 A632 September 2013
End of targeted consultation on pedestrian crossing at Market Place29 September 2013
Start of the targeted consultation on proposed designs for the footbridge over the A63 at Princes Quay20 January 2014
End of consultation on proposed designs for the footbridge over the A63 at Princes Quay18 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 scheme25 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 markings22 April 2014
End of consultation on the extension to the western end of the scheme28 May 2014
End of consultation on a number of temporary land sites and drainage17 June 2014
Submit Development Consent Order application to the Planning InspectorateSpring 2015

Business Case

A63 Castle Street Improvement - Business Case
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010

Leaflet

A63 Castle Street - Public Consultation - 8 May 2009
Public Consultation leaflet - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED
A63 Castle Street - Public Consultation - April 09
Public Consultation leaflet - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED

Other

A63 Castle Street - Public Consultation Exhibition (Scheme Information) - April 2009
Public Consultation Exhibition (Scheme Information) - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED

Plan

A63 Castle Street Improvement: Old Town Plan
A plan of proposals for minor road improvements to maintain access to the Old Town area

Report

A63 Castle Street - Public Consultation Report - March 2010
Public Consultation Report - CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED