How and when you can have your say on Hull's £400m Castle Street plans

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2019

A date has been set for the first stage in a public examination of plans for Hull's most expensive road scheme.

The £400m improvement project on Castle Street is currently scheduled to start later this year and take up to five years to complete.

However the proposals have to first go through an examination process similar to a public inquiry before getting the final go-ahead from the government.

The first part of that process takes place on March 26 when a preliminary meeting chaired by planning inspector Peter Willows takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Ferensway.

Described an an "open floor" meeting, it will give organisations and members of the public the chance to air their views on how future hearings should be handled.

In an open letter, Mr Willows said: "The purpose of the preliminary meeting is to enable views to be put to me about the way in which the application is to be examined.

"At this stage I am looking at the procedure and not the merits of the application.

"The merits of the application will only be considered once the examination starts, which is after the preliminary meeting has closed.

"I wish to run a fair, efficient and effective meeting so that all relevant views can be heard.

"As such, I strongly encourage groups of individuals who have similar views on the procedure to choose one representative to speak for the group."

Highways England submitted its application for the scheme to the Planning Inspectorate last September.

It involves upgrading a mile-long stretch of the A63 at Castle Street, including lowering a stretch of the road into a cutting at the current Mytongate junction.

Under the plans, a new road linking Ferensway and Commercial Road will cross over the lowered section of the A63 creating a split level junction.

The proposed footbridge over A63/Castle Street, Hull City Centre. (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

The project will also widen the eastbound carriageway to three lanes between Mytongate and Market Place with the nearside lane being marked for local traffic.  The westbound carriageway would have two lanes as at present.

As well as the new footbridge currently under construction between Princes Quay and the Marina, the scheme proposes a second pedestrian bridge between Porter Street and the Kingston retail park while the current pedestrian route under Myton Bridge which links High Street with the Fruit Market will be upgraded.

Existing accesses from Castle Street to the Holiday Inn Hotel, Spruce Road and Waverley Street will be closed and all current traffic light signals and ground-level pedestrian crossing points along the route will also be removed.

Archaeologists have already carried out initial excavations at the Trinity burial ground where around one-third of the site will be re-developed. This is expected to involve the exhumation of hundreds of bodies before construction work starts.

Archaeologists uncovered a fascinating insight into the lives of Hull's population in the 18th and 19th centuries during the A63 Castle Street works

In addition, the empty Earl de Grey pub fronting Castle Street will be demolished with a view to re-building it at a nearby site while the long-derelict Castle Buildings in Myton Street will be improved.

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