Hull's roads are not good enough and A63 Castle Street upgrade won't fix problem, says ABP boss

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Apr 2018

A senior port company boss says improved transport links to and from Hull are vital for the city's long-term future.

The long-awaited £400m Castle Street upgrade due to start in 2020 is designed to improve traffic flows through the city centre to the eastern docks.

But Dafydd Williams, ABP Humber's head of communications, said it will only be the equivalent of applying a sticking plaster to a much larger problem.

Speaking at a city council scrutiny committee, he said: "The current road links in and out of Hull are not good enough.

"It's incredibly important to the port of Hull to get Castle Street delivered and then start looking behind that long-term because Castle Street is only a sticking plaster.

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"Although Hull is seeing good growth as a port we are seeing much better growth in Immingham and the reason for that is straightforward - shipping lines don't like their drivers taking up to an hour just to get through Hull.

"At the moment, going through Immingham is a more attractive prospect.

"The quicker we can resolve these problems, the better it will be for our business and the better it will be for the city's economy."

Mr Williams said container traffic through Hull had increased by 26 per cent over the last 13 months despite congestion issues on the A63 at peak times.

He said haulage firms were continuing to move away from using southern ports such as Dover as a route to Europe.

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