Artist impression of the new Princes Quay bridge.
Nick Hill

£11.5m Princes Quay bridge in Hull gets the green light

Work will finally begin next year on the Princes Quay bridge in Hull after Hull City Council granted planning permission on October 7th.

Highways England announced that the bridge, which will link the marina with the southern end of Princes Dock, will be completed in Easter 2017.

The £11.5m project is being part-funded by Highways England, with a £4m contribution awarded to Hull City Council by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Archaeological work is scheduled to commence on the site later this year to prepare for construction work next year.

The bridge is being delivered as an early phase of a major project by Highways England to upgrade the A63.

The 1 mile scheme in Hull city centre aims to enhance journey times with a proposed new junction at Mytongate and two new pedestrian bridges over the road, including the Princes Quay bridge.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “It’s great news that Highways England will be able to construct the Princes Quay bridge in advance of the main Castle Street scheme and in time for Hull’s term as the European City of Culture.

“The Government is investing a record £1.3bn in roads across Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years as part of its long-term economic plan. Schemes like these will help build the Northern Powerhouse and create more jobs and opportunities for hardworking people across the region.”

Jimmy Holmes, Highways England project manager, added: “Now planning permission and funding has been granted, we are on track to enable the bridge to be in place by Easter 2017 as an early phase of the main Castle Street scheme.

“We have carried out extensive planning and worked very closely with our stakeholders, including Hull City Council and local businesses.

“We will work hard to keep disruption to a minimum and will install the new bridge as quickly as we can. Discussions have already started with Hull City Council and Humberside Police about how the traffic is managed and pedestrian access is maintained during construction.”

The bridge has been designed to allow further development around the waterfront as Hull City Council continues to regenerate the area around the marina.

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