Start date for long-awaited Castle Street bridge revealed
How Castle Street will look once the improvement scheme has been completed
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Nov 2017
A start date has been revealed for the construction of a long-awaited footbridge over Hull’s busiest road.
Work will get underway on the £11.5m crossing over Castle Street in October next year.
The bridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross between the Marina and the Princes Quay shopping centre.
The date has been confirmed as part of a new timetable for the wider upgrade scheme covering the stretch of the A63 running through the city centre.
It was originally hoped the bridge could be in place for Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture but delays in preparation for the bigger £250m improvement project forced a re-think.
Eventually, it was decided to pause the bridge works until after 2017 to avoid potential traffic disruption during the year.
The latest starting date for the bridge works has been welcomed by Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy.
Along with Hull City Council cabinet member Councillor Martin Mancey, she met with Highways England officials earlier this week to hear details of the new timetable.
She said: "I pressed the representatives from Highways England to keep to the timetable currently agreed and was pleased to see that they agreed this was exceptionally important.
"The people of Hull have been let down on this project before and it would be absolutely unacceptable for the timetable to slip back any further.
"Constituents can rest assured that I will continue to press Highways England and the transport secretary to make sure the project is delivered one time and that each of the milestones set out are being met."
BIG PLANS: Work on a footbridge over Castle Street will begin next year
It is believed the construction of the bridge will take around 12 months.
Highways England, which is responsible for the A63, says the next public consultation on the Castle Street scheme will take place in January.
The project will then go out to tender in February along with a proposed upgrade scheme for the Garrison Road roundabout.
The official development consent order for the main improvement works to the Mytongate junction will be submitted next summer.
Under the plans, the existing traffic-light junction will be replaced with a new elevated road linking Ferensway to Commercial Road with a lowered section of the main east-west A63 route running underneath.
If the order is approved, the main contract will start in 2020.
Cllr Mancey said: "I was pleased to see that Highways England are actively addressing the outstanding issues regarding the main road scheme and have a credible plan for delivering the bridge to the recently-announced timetable.
"I will continue to work closely with Emma and Highways England to ensure there is no further slippage of the programmes for delivering both the bridge and the main scheme."