£355m A63 Castle Street scheme moves to next phase
Commuters in Hull are being told to allow more travel time as work on the A63 Castle Street scheme begins its next phase.
National Highways are progressing essential works on a new junction at Mytongate as a part of a major project that will improve car journeys in Hull. As a part of this next step in the upgrade, a part of the A63 will be lowered to create an underpass.
To allow work on the new split-level junction to commence safely, a week’s worth of different overnight road closures on the A63 have been announced. The closures will cover both east and westbound traffic between Daltry Street and Roger Millward Way, including Ferensway slip roads.
Back in 2020, the government announced that it would pump £355 million into the A63 Castle Street Improvement. The massive project looks set to be completed by 2025 to help allow free-flowing traffic to and from the city while improving the air quality in Hull.
The road closures confirmed by National Highways are:
Monday 13 November: Eastbound 8 pm – 6 am
Tuesday 14 November: Eastbound 8 pm – 6 am
Wednesday 15 November: East and Westbound 8 pm – 6 am
Thursday 16 November: Eastbound 10 pm – 6 am
Friday 17 November: Eastbound 10 pm – 6 am.
An extra date of Tuesday, November 21 has been issued as a precaution should any work need to be rescheduled. This contingency day is scheduled for between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Hull Live reported in September 2022 that there were plans to lower the A63 by up to seven metres to create a new underpass. This would be completed by lowering dozens of steel cages into the ground and filling them with concrete to create the supporting walls.
National Highways Project Manager Michael Upshon said: “The new Mytongate junction is an important part of the overall Castle Street scheme. Once it’s complete, it will reduce queuing and delays, ease congestion by increasing capacity, and ensure journey times are more reliable.
“We’re carrying out this work before Christmas to help minimise disruption. However, we recognise there will still be some delays to the travelling public, as well as disruption within the city centre itself.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience while we carry out these major improvements within Hull city centre.”
The length diversion in place will take motorists via the A15, A164, A1079, and A1033, through Sutton Road and returning to the A63 via Marfleet Lane.