A63 Castle Street improvement

Charlie Stewart

A63 Castle Street improvement

Proposals to improve a section of the A63 Castle Street in Hull.

Scheme stats

Region: North East
Start date: TBC
Cost: £135.1 to £201.6 million
Type: Major Scheme
End date: TBC
Project status

Progress report

We’ll be carrying out a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey from 16 August 2016, on and around the A63 Castle Street. This allows us to locate buried objects, such as pipes and cables, which may need to be diverted during the scheme construction. The survey will help inform the design of the improvements and should last approximately 12 weeks. The GPR survey does not require any digging as it uses vehicle mounted and trolley mounted equipment. There will be some night time working to minimise disruption to the public. We’ll need to extend this survey to some local roads during the 12 week period. We will notify you if you will be affected, by letter, no later than 2 weeks before the survey is due to commence on your street.

What next?

Once the survey is complete we will be able to finalise our Development Consent Order.


Date Event
TBC Start of works
TBC End of works

Why we need this scheme

Mytongate junction restricts the flow of traffic along the A63 which can slow people’s journeys. This busy road has approximately 54,000 vehicles travelling along it each day. Delays at peak times cause problems for a large number of people and businesses. The A63 also acts as a barrier between the city centre to the north and the retail and dock areas to the south. This means we need to create better connections between the two areas.

The scheme in detail

We plan to create a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at Mytongate junction. Ferensway and Commercial Road would cross the A63 creating a split level junction. Between Princes Dock Street and Market Place we propose to widen the eastbound carriageway to 3 lanes. We also plan to construct 2 new bridges over the A63:
  • at Porter Street
  • a bridge in front of Princes Quay Shopping Centre
We remain committed to constructing a footbridge at Princes Quay in Hull and are working hard on the plans. We have jointly taken the decision with Hull City Council to reschedule construction work to avoid disruption to the City of Culture celebrations in 2017. This followed results from the recent ground investigation work, which revealed it would not be possible to open the bridge until autumn 2017. This is due to a number of technical issues relating to the foundations of the bridge. The bridge will be built after 2017 and a final decision will be made on the timing of this once traffic and environmental assessments have been completed this summer.


Completion of the scheme will provide:
  • improved access to the Port of Hull
  • congestion relief
  • improved safety
  • improved connections between the city centre to the north and developments, and tourist and recreational facilities to the south


Trinity Burial Ground

We have successfully completed archaeological investigations at Trinity Burial Ground. This work has been extremely important in helping us to plan for the construction of the Castle Street improvement scheme. The investigation has also provided a significant amount of historical information about the burial ground and Hull itself. If you are interested in finding out more, download our fact sheet.

Marina and North side of Castle Street

We’re investigating parts of Hull’s medieval defences to help understand more about the history of Hull and the people who lived here. Around 700 years ago brick walls and ditches were built to protect the town from invaders, but these have since crumbled away or been removed. Our work aims to discover where the old walls were built. It will also mean that archaeologists can find out more about what they were made of and how they were constructed. The work near the Marina was completed in mid-March 2016.

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