A63 Castle Street

We’re improving a section of the A63 Castle Street in Hull.

Start date March 2020
End date 2024-25
Cost £355 million

Latest updates

  • 15 August 2022

    A63 Castle Street improvement scheme – Bank holiday working

    We’re creating a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction to create a split-level junction. This will ease congestion as well as improving safety and access to the port.

    We’re planning to work over the bank holiday weekend to allow us to stabilise the poor ground conditions so we can construct the underpass. We’ll be working between 8am and 6pm on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August in the red area highlighted in the below.

    We are not anticipating this work to be noisy, but we’ll continue to work closely with Hull City Council to monitor it and take action where necessary.

    Map showing work area over bank holiday Monday

  • 07 August 2022

    Overnight closures of A63 in Hull for ongoing Castle Street upgrade

    Castle Street Hull - Birds eye view of the construction site

    Road users in Hull are advised local diversions and parking restrictions will be in place from next week as part of the ongoing A63 Castle Street improvement. 

    Both carriageways will be closed overnight between Daltry Street and Roger Millward Way on Monday 8 and Tuesday, 9 August to install new lighting columns around Porter Street Bridge. 

    This will be followed by overnight closures of the westbound carriageway to stabilise ground conditions ready for construction of a new underpass.  

    They take place from Monday to Friday during the week of 15 August, and Monday to Thursday in the week commencing Monday, 22 August. 

    All closures will be in place from 8pm to 6am.  

    Traffic will be diverted along the A1105, A1079 and A165 or vice versa. 

  • 22 June 2022

    Further update on overnight working - A63 Mytongate Junction

    Our work to create a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction continues. This will ease congestion as well as improving safety and access to the port.

    We have further westbound overnight closures planned working Monday to Friday from Monday 20 June until Friday 1 July. We're working from 8pm until 6am through the old Trinity Burial ground and along the old A63 in front of Holiday Inn.

    We will also need an eastbound closure Monday to Friday from Monday 27 June until Friday 1 July from 8pm until 6am. 

    This is to allow us to stabilise the poor ground conditions so we can construct the underpass. This work is also taking place during the day, but night working is required along this section for safety reasons, due to close proximity to the live traffic. 

    If you would like any further information, please contact our customer care line 0300 123 5000 or email A63castlestreet.hull@nationalhighways.co.uk 

  • 01 June 2022

    Update on overnight working - Mytongate Junction

    We’re creating a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction to create a split-level junction. This will ease congestion as well as improving safety and access to the port.

    In June, we’ll be working Monday to Friday from Monday 6 June until Friday 17 June from 6pm until 7.30am and will be through the old Trinity Burial ground and along the old A63 in front of Holiday Inn.

    This is to allow us to stabilise the poor ground conditions so we can construct the underpass. This work is also taking place during the day, but night working is required along this section for safety reasons, due to close proximity to the live traffic. 

    We need the following road closures for the work.

    • A63 westbound only - Monday 6 – Friday 10 June (five shifts) 8pm-6am
    • A63 westbound only - Monday 13 – Friday 17 June (five shifts) 8pm-6am

    If you would like any further information, please contact our customer care line 0300 123 5000 or email A63castlestreet.hull@nationalhighways.co.uk 

  • 13 May 2022

    A63 overnight working

    From Monday 16 to Friday 20 May we’ll be working overnight between 6pm and 7.30am on the A63 around the Mytongate junction, through to the old Trinity burial ground.

    This is to allow us to stabilise the poor ground conditions so we can construct the underpass. This work is also taking place during the day but by working overnight we’re able to complete this phase quicker. We are not anticipating this work to be noisy but will continue to monitor it and take action where necessary.

  • 14 April 2022

    Better connections for Hull drivers as new A63 underpass develops

    Work on a new underpass is moving forward, creating better connections for drivers in the city centre.

    Significant progress has already been made and the next stage will see the installation of new wall panels in the 400m underpass, where east-west traffic will travel below north-south traffic at the current Hull Mytongate junction. New lighting will also be installed at Porter Street.

    We have carried out deep excavation work to create the new 400m section of underpass. As well as forming the underpass walls, there has been extensive intricate piling work – the process of driving foundations through the ground to provide greater stability and strength to the structure.

    In total, 200 wall panels are being installed in the underpass.

    To ensure the next phase of work can be carried out safely, overnight closures will be in place on the A63 between Roger Millward Way and Daltry Street.

    The westbound carriageway will be closed each night, from 8pm until 6am, on these dates:

    • Tuesday 19 April - Friday 22 April
    • Monday 25 April - Friday 29 April
    • Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May

    The eastbound carriageway will also be closed from 8pm until 6am on Tuesday 19 April.

    Deep dry mixing work is also taking place overnight, every Monday to Friday night, between Porter Street and Murdoch’s Connection. This work is expected to be in progress until late July 2022.

    Frances Oliver, Project Manager said: “We’re not anticipating this work to create significant noise disruption in the area. However, we will continue to monitor sound levels and take action where necessary."

  • 30 March 2022

    Time-lapse of Porter Street bridge

    The new bridge is a major step forward in National Highways’ £355m scheme to improve safety and create better connections in Hull city centre.   

    The 37-metre emerald-green structure creates a new pedestrian route over the A63, connecting Porter Street on the north side of the major route to St James Street to the south. 

    This extra footbridge, close to where major improvements are being carried out to the Mytongate Junction, is an integral part of overall A63 Castle Street major project. 

    The scheme will support Hull's economic growth, improving journey times to and from the city centre, and help the nearby port to thrive. 

    Ramps and steps have been installed on the northern side and in the next few weeks will be put in to place on the southern side.

    The bridge is expected to open to pedestrians and cyclists early this summer. 

  • 30 March 2022

    Commercial Road closure

    The closure of Commercial Road has been extended until the end of the scheme although we will continue to review this. This will allow us to reconstruct the road, install new gullies and drains which will connect to the existing drain in the centre of the road, remove and install new lighting at the junction, install the new traffic
    signals, construct three new islands, repave footpaths, install the new pumping station and resurface Commercial Road.

    By keeping the road closed we’ll be able to keep a consistency in approach to traffic management arrangements rather than having several changes which would be needed to carry out the work. It will also  improve safety and traffic flows on the A63.

  • 21 February 2022

    Porter Street footbridge - March 2022

    Next month we're going to be installing a brand new footbridge over the A63.

    The new bridge will provide a pedestrian route over Castle Street from Porter Street on the north side of the major route to St James Street to the south. 

    The Porter Street footbridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the dual carriageway and ease congestion on the A63. 

    This extra footbridge, close to where major improvements are being carried out to the Mytongate junction, is an integral part of the overall A63 Castle Street major project, which will support Hull’s economic growth, improving journeys to and from the city centre, and will help the nearby port to thrive. 

    More than 500 cubic meters of concrete have created the 55-tonne footbridge’s foundation and up to 140 tonnes of steelwork are to be used to create the ramp and stairs.  

    To ensure the structure is winched into its new home safely, there will be three weeks of overnight closures of the A63 between Daltry Street and Roger Millward Way from Monday, 7 March to Friday, 25 March. 

    During the first week, the road will be closed overnight to remove the current temporary traffic management to allow access for the cranes that will be doing the heavy lifting. 

    From Monday, 14 March the bridge will be lifted into place with a 200-tonne crane while the two stair sections and seven ramp sections weighing up to 12 tonnes will be installed to the north of the A63 using a 100-tonne crane.    

    In the third and final week, the two stair sections and seven ramp sections will be installed to the south of the A63 and the temporary traffic management replaced. 

    All closures take place from 8pm to 6am the following morning. In the event of high winds, the lifting operations will be reshceduled for safety reasons.  

    The bridge is due to open to pedestrians and cyclists by April. 

     

  • 19 January 2022

    January 2022

    Work has started to create the new westbound entry slip road from Kingston Retail Park towards St James’ Street and the exit slip road at Holiday Inn.

    We are also starting overnight work between 6pm and 7.30am Monday to Sunday on the A63 between Porter Street and Princes Quay Bridge (Murdoch’s Connection). This is to allow us to stabilise the poor ground conditions. This means work will be for around 12 months. Work will mainly be around the Mytongate junction, to the rear of Kingston Retail Park, through to the old Trinity burial ground and the front of Holiday Inn.

    We will also be closing the westbound carriageway from Monday 24 January for two weeks to allow us to complete some of the stabilising work close to the road.

    We are not anticipating this work to be noisy but will continue to monitor it and take action where necessary.

  • 30 September 2021

    Overnight weekday closures continue

    The A63 will be closed between Daltry Street flyover and Roger Millward Way until Thursday 7 October as work continues to carry out alterations to the roadworks layout at Mytongate junction and install fencing in the central reservation near to Porter Street.

    The closures will be in place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am and work is expected to be noisy. A new method for installing the central reservation barrier to reduce the noise impact is being used and noise barriers will be used to further reduce the noise for residents. Unfortunately there is still likely to be some noise due to drilling the fencing into place.

    Drivers are being urged to allow extra time for their journeys and to follow the marked diversions in place.

    We’d like to remind drivers that the exit on to the A63 westbound carriageway from Commercial Road is closed and will be until the end of October. This is to allow us to start work on the new walls of the underpass in this area.

    Separate to the A63 Castle Street work and for long-distance traffic travelling westbound overnight during weekdays, work is ongoing to install new steel safety barriers along the A63, between junction 38 of the M62 (North Cave) and South Cave. Work on this scheme takes place from 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday with no weekend work planned.  

    Long distance traffic should follow the overnight westbound diversion from Hull city centre to re-join the M62 at Howden. Local access will remain in place with shorter diversion routes for traffic travelling within the Hull area.   

    Diversions can be viewed here.

  • 21 September 2021

    Exit slip road closure

    The exit slip road from the A63 westbound on to Commercial Road will be closed until 22 September 2021.

    This is following an issue with overnight resurfacing.

    Until the issue is resolved overnight 21 September 2021, drivers should head to the next junction at Daltry Street along English Street and down Commercial Road.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • 03 September 2021

    Myton swing bridge update

    Work is ongoing to complete the installation of a temporary pedestrian crossing at Porter Street in Hull city centre and to amend the roadworks at the nearby Mytongate roundabout.

    Plans are afoot for improvements to be made for the Myton swing bridge in early 2022. In preparation for the upgrade to be made, engineers need to carry out surveys and preliminary work.

    Therefore, the A63 will remain closed overnight, during weekdays between the Daltry Street flyover and Roger Millward Way until Friday 17 September.

    The closures will be in place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am.

    The exit on to the A63 westbound carriageway from Commercial Road is closed and will be until the end of October. This is to allow us to start work on the new walls of the underpass in this area.

    We thank drivers for their patience during this work.

  • 13 August 2021

    Overnight, weekday closures

    The A63 will be closed between Daltry Street flyover and Roger Millward Way from Monday 16 August for up to 14 weekday nights as we remove the Porter Street pedestrian crossing install a temporary one. We’re also carrying out alterations to the roadworks layout at Mytongate junction. 

    The closures will be in place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am, apart from the bank holiday weekend, when work will finish on Thursday evening and restart the following Tuesday evening. 

    We’re urging drivers to allow extra time for their journeys and to follow the marked diversions in place.

    We’d like to remind drivers that the exit on to the A63 westbound carriageway from Commercial Road is closed and will be until the end of October. This is to allow us to start work on the new walls of the underpass in this area.

    Separate to the A63 Castle Street work and for long-distance traffic travelling westbound overnight during weekdays, work is ongoing to install new steel safety barriers along the A63, between junction 38 of the M62 (North Cave) and South Cave. Work on this scheme takes place from 8pm to 6am Monday to Friday with no weekend work planned.  

    Long distance traffic should follow the overnight westbound diversion from Hull city centre to re-join the M62 at Howden. Local access will remain in place with shorter diversion routes for traffic travelling within the Hull area.   

    Diversions can be viewed here

     

  • 06 August 2021

    Underpass construction

    We’re carrying out large and deep excavation work to create the new 400m section of underpass where east-west traffic will travel below north-south traffic at the current Hull Mytongate junction.

    Engineering work began this month (August) and over the coming months the underpass’ wall panels will be formed, as well as intricate piling work. A variety of piling rigs to create excavations will be used throughout the area during the day, with signed diversions in place.

    Drivers are being urged to allow more time for their journey as they exit from Commercial Road on to the A63 westbound carriageway which is closed, seven days a week, for around 12 weeks due to the depth of the excavation work and will be shut until around the end of October.

    Several pedestrian crossings across the scheme have been closed to allow the underpass work to be carried out. We advise people to follow new ‘yellow brick’ diversion routes and stay safe.

    Click here to find out more about the work taking place at this key and most complex part of the scheme.

  • 30 July 2021

    Commercial Road exit closed

    The exit from Commercial Road on to the A63 westbound carriageway will be closed from Monday 2 August. This closure will be in place seven days a week, for around 12 weeks due to the depth of excavation work.

    It's to allow us to safely build a section of the new underpass along the A63 at the Mytongate junction. We're creating a split-level junction which will ease congestion as well as improving safety and access to the port.

    The work will involve the construction of the southern underpass wall panels. We will use a variety of piling rigs to create large, deep excavations throughout the area during the day.

    The closure will be in place from outside the Whittington and Cat. Drivers will be diverted along Kingston Street and English Street to Daltry Street where they will be able to rejoin the A63.

  • 15 July 2021

    School hoarding challenge - get involved

    If you’ve been down Castle Street this year, you might have spotted a big white tent opposite the Princes Quay shopping centre. This has been home to a team of archaeologists, digging in the ground to find objects, or artefacts, which provide clues about what people did in the past.

    The archaeologists have been excavating Trinity Burial Ground, where thousands of people were buried during the Georgian and Victorian eras. Lots of different objects have been found with the burials which tell us about the people who lived in Hull nearly 200 years ago.

    By finding out how these objects were made, used, and cared for, we can rediscover the stories and voices of people from the past – where they came from, what they did, what they looked like, what was important to them. We too have lots of treasured objects in our homes which might tell archaeologists of the future about our lives today.

    We want to get a snapshot of the personal treasures of Hullensians today and showcase them on a display by the A63 while the new road is built.

    We’re inviting children of all ages across Hull to share a picture and a story about their personal treasures. The pictures could be drawn, painted, photographed or collaged – get creative! We’d like to hear about why you’ve selected this object and what makes it special. It might be unusual, or given to you by someone, or you might have a particular memory attached to it.

    Send us your picture as a .jpg file and submit your answer to these questions:

    • What is your object?
    • How did you get it?
    • Why is it your personal treasure?
    • What could archaeologists in the future learn from this object?

    Send in your submissions to A63CastleStreet.Hull@highwaysengland.co.uk by Friday 23 September.

    For ideas and suggested activities check out the full 'School hoarding challenge' in the documents section.

  • 01 April 2021

    Footpath closures in place

    The footpath running between the A63 near Murdoch’s Connection and Waterhouse Lane is now closed so tunnelling work on a new sewer can be completed.

    The closure will allow Yorkshire Water who is carrying out the work to operate a crane away from road users and pedestrians.

    Once the work to move a large sewer pipe has been completed we can start work on building the new junction at Mytongate.

    The closure will be in place for three months, during which time a clearly-signed diversion will be in place from Ferensway along Anlaby Road and down Princes Dock Street and vice versa.

    We've also had to close access from Humber Dock Street to prevent pedestrians attempting to cross the road towards Princes Dock Street. A barrier has been installed across the junction of Humber Dock Street which will also stop traffic from accessing the A63.

    Engineers will also be building a kerb line across the road and carrying out changes to the drainage, white lining, signs and landscaping. This will ensure the pedestrian routes in the area are as safe as possible ahead of the potential reopening of bars and restaurants in the Humber Dock Street area.

    The work will be carried out during the day between 7.30am and 6pm as some of it will be noisy as we remove the existing road surface. 

    Pedestrians are also being reminded that some of the existing crossing points at William Booth House and Whittington and Cat pub have been closed to allow us to move traffic on the A63 and work more during the day to minimise disruption for residents. 

    Pedestrian routes are now in place with crossing points at Porter Street and across Murdoch’s Connection.

  • 05 March 2021

    Our first virtual presentation

    We hosted our first virtual presentation for the people of Hull on Monday 1 March.

    We provided an update on the scheme, talked about what’s coming up next and provided an opportunity for you to ask the team any questions you had about the scheme.

    During the webinar a presentation was given by our team. The presentation is now available for you to download.

    If you were unable to attend but would like any information or update about the scheme then you can contact the team on the following:

    A63CastleStreet.Hull@highwaysengland.co.uk

    0333 242 3692

  • 12 February 2021

    Demolition work due to start

    Work to demolish the Arco buildings in Waverley Street, Hull, is due to start. 

    In order to build the scheme, we needed some land close to Mytongate junction, and this land was identified through collaborative discussions with Arco and Hull City Council.

    We’ve also been working closely with Arco since September 2020 to look at the process we’ll use to build the underpass using the western car park.

    Before we can use the land, we need to demolish the Arco buildings, this will start week commencing Monday 15 February 2021. The first part of the process is to strip the inside of the building and disconnect services which will take approximately four weeks, this is followed by the actual demolition work. The demolition process is expected to be complete by the end of spring.

    Work will take place during the day only, we’ll be using an excavator to demolish the building and although there may be some noisy activities we are not expecting disruption to be long lasting. We’ll also be using water suppression to manage any dust created by the demolition.

    Once the demolition has been completed we’ll use the area as a construction compound for the underpass at Mytongate. As well as using the area for a number of silos and other equipment we need to undertake this work, we’ll also use it for storage and as a welfare area.

    Work to set up the compound will be ongoing until the summer and we’ll need to use this area until the scheme construction is completed in 2025 when we will hand the land back to the owners, Hull City Council.

Project information

Give us your feedback

Visit our A63 Castle Street Junction Improvement feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: A63CastleStreet.Hull@nationalhighways.co.uk

We’re planning to create a new junction by lowering the level of the A63 at the 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 three lanes. We also plan to construct a new bridge over the A63 at Porter Street. These improvements will improve access to the port, congestion, safety and connections between the city centre and the tourist and recreational facilities.

 

You can view what the improvements will look like by watching our fly through video.

Mytongate junction restricts the flow of traffic along the A63, causing congestion. It is used by approximately 47,000 vehicles each day and delays at peak times can cause problems for people and businesses. The A63 acts as a barrier between the city centre to the north and the retail and dock areas to the south. We need to create better connections between the two areas.

We’ve launched a dedicated webpage for the archaeology work that we’re carrying out as part of the A63 Castle Street scheme. There you will be able to keep up to date with all the latest finds and insights and how we’re piecing together Hull’s history.

You can also sign up for notifications so that every time the webpage is updated with new information you’ll receive an email.

To create the new underpass and junction upgrade at Mytongate we need to change the way the roundabout is used.

This will allow us to move traffic on the A63 so we can work more during the day and minimise disruption for residents and will be in place until the underpass has been built.

Below you will find a series of maps, in alphabetical order, which will show you how you can access businesses around the junction.

Drivers also can't turn right from all directions (from A63 eastbound and westbound, Ferensway and Commercial Road).

Drivers travelling along Ferensway and Commercial Road also can't go straight on.

A63 junction showing permitted turns

The diversions at the junction are expected to add up to ten minutes to journeys so please allow extra time for your journey. We've kept them to our network as much as possible to avoid increasing traffic on the local roads.

Bonus Arena, Princes Quay shopping centre

Access to Myton Street from the A63 has been closed. To access Bonus Arena, Princes Quay shopping centre and other businesses in this area please use Ferensway, Osborne Street and Waterhouse Lane.

The map below also shows how to access the venues if travelling westbound and if you miss the turning eastbound.

Please remember that Myton Street is one way around the arena.

Bonus Arena diversion route

Holiday Inn, Kingston Retail Park, Nuffield Health, Whittington and Cat pub

To access the businesses in the Commercial Road, Kingston Street, English Street and Lister Road areas please leave the A63 at Daltry flyover if travelling eastbound following the black solid square.

If travelling from the north or west please follow the solid circle on the yellow and black signs.

Holiday Inn diversion route

Overnight closures

When the A63 is closed overnight between Daltry Street and Roger Milward Way roundabout and you wish to continue along the A63 please follow the below diversion route.

 

Overnight closures diversion route

Documents

Our Castle Street principal contractor Balfour Beatty was delighted to support the Humber STEM event at Sewell Group Craven Park on 1 July. 

The event was attended by 600 primary school children and 30 businesses.

More than 150 pupils visited Balfour's activity which was to build the tallest and strongest structure.

Castle Street archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology Limited were also in attendance with a mini archaeology dig which went down a storm.


School visit to Humber STEM event

 

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