A major upgrade that will transform Hull’s transport network is now officially under way.
Work has now begun to improve the A63 Castle Street, which will improve transport links between the Port of Hull to the A63 and M62 along with the wider strategic road network.
The scheme will also help to reunite the city centre with its waterfront, supporting the city’s economic growth and improving journeys to the city centre and the port.
Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “We are really pleased that we are now starting this long-awaited project. This major upgrade will greatly improve journeys into Hull and the port of Hull.”
Castle Street is a key scheme in Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan and will see the creation of a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “To see this long-awaited scheme finally start on site is a momentous occasion for this city. Over the past 20 years, we have worked hard to bring this crucial transport upgrade to fruition.
“This long-term investment will deliver significant benefits for those thousands of motorists who use this arterial route on a daily basis.”
The improvements will see Ferensway and Commercial Road cross the A63, creating a split-level junction. The eastbound carriageway between Princes Dock Street and Market Place will be widened to three lanes and a new bridge built over the A63 at Porter Street.
Work has also begun at the Trinity Burial Ground and a compound will be set up as offices in Wellington Street West.
Work at the burial ground, which lies partially within an area where improvements must be carried out, is being done with permission from the Church of England. Contractors are relocating monuments and removed walls in a careful and respectful manner and are installing hoarding.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re working right across the country to level up infrastructure and the upgrades to the A63 Castle Street will provide the right tools to support Hull’s economic growth.
“As Northern Powerhouse Minister, I welcome this vital improvement, which has the potential to cut journey times, improve reliability and boost businesses in the north.”