A63 Castle Street Improvement
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Our pre-application consultation began on Friday 28 June 2013 and concluded on Thursday 15 August 2013. Our consultation documents are still available to view on the 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.
Ground survey works
As part of the development of the A63 Castle Street scheme road users in Hull are advised that we will be carrying out ground survey works along the A63 Castle Street from early June.
The initial works, which will involve testing the condition of the road by drilling core samples for analysis, are due to start from the first week of June and last for approximately a week. The majority of the work will take place on the main carriageway of the A63 between Market Place and Porter Street, with some work taking place on a number of side roads too.
During the work, there will be various overnight lane closures on parts of the A63 main carriageway between 8pm and 6am. Lane closures on side roads will be carried out during the day, between 9.30am and 4pm. Delays are expected to be slight and the work will be carefully timed in order to minimise noise disruption to nearby residents.
The second phase of work will involve more detailed ground investigations of the A63 and surveying of the wider area, including some surrounding land. This work is due to begin from Monday 17 June and last for approximately three months, and will involve various overnight lane closures on and around Mytongate Junction.
The surveys are being carried out to support the detailed design and development work currently underway for the major A63 Castle Street improvement scheme. The work will enable us to test the condition and viability of the ground for engineering works.
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 email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010
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