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09/03/2009

A63 Castle Street consultation begins

A public consultation begins today on options to improve the A63 Castle Street in Hull.

The Chamber has been campaigning for many years for a solution to reduce congestion on the road, alongside Hull City Council and local MPs. The Highways Agency has now decided upon its two preferred options, which it is putting to consultation.

The two alternative improvement plans for the 1-mile section of the A63 Castle Street between Porter Street and Myton Bridge will be displayed at an exhibition next month and details will be sent to local businesses and residents.

Both options - an underground and an overground option - involve significant realignment of the Mytongate Junction, currently one of the most congested sites on the route.

The underground option would involve:

  • The creation of a split level junction at Mytongate by lowering the level of the A63 under a new bridge which will carry both Ferensway and Commercial Road across the A63 at approximately the same level as they are now.

The overground option would involve:

  • The creation of a split level junction at Mytongate by raising the level of the A63 on a new structure over both Ferensway and Commercial Road which will remain at approximately the same level as they are now.

For both options:

  • The eastbound carriageway will be widened to three lanes between the junctions at Mytongate and Market Place while the westbound carriageway would remain at two lanes.

  • New pedestrian bridges will be provided at Porter Street, Princes Quay Shopping Centre and Market Place to replace the existing pedestrian crossings.

  • Alternative accesses will be provided from the A63 to the Holiday Inn Hotel, Spruce Road and Waverley Street.

Carolyn Burgess, President of Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, said: “Castle Street is one of Hull’s major traffic bottlenecks. Delays on the A63 cost businesses time and money. Castle Street is the weak link between the national road network and the port of Hull, so solving it is vital not just for the city but for the whole of the region. That’s why we have all been pushing so hard for a solution and that’s why it is such a priority.”

The Chamber will be inviting members to give their views on the two options when further details are published, before responding to the Highways Agency. The consultation ends on 1 June.

More information can be found on the Highways Agency website.

To give your views, email Richard Kendall (r.kendall@hull-humber-chamber.co.uk) at the Chamber.



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