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

  • 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.

  • 24 March 2022

    Porter Street bridge lands into place

    The new bridge at Porter Street has been lifted into place, marking another milestone in this multi-million pound scheme.

    The new 37 metre footbridge has been installed across the A63 near to Porter Street to further improve safety and reduce congestion.

    We’ve also installed the ramps and steps on the northern side and in the next few weeks we’ll be installing them on the southern side.

    The bridge will be open for pedestrians and cyclists in early summer. Further information will be released closer to the time.

  • 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.

  • 21 January 2021

    Weekend closure planned

    We’ll be closing the A63 between Ferensway and Roger Millward Way over a weekend to allow us to complete various aspects of work, minimising disruption for residents.

    The work includes:

    • excavation of the central reservation so it can be hardened ready for traffic to use
    • we’ll be removing the hoardings around Murdoch’s Connection and carrying out inspections in preparation for it opening
    • Yorkshire Water will be carrying out their work to reroute the sewers so we can construct the new underpass
    • we’ll be carrying out repairs to Myton swing bridge

    This work will take place between 8pm Friday 29 January 2021 to 6am Monday 1 February 2021. 

    This will allow us to minimise disruption for residents living close to the scheme by completing noisy activities over a weekend so we can complete the work quicker and cause less disruption going forward.

    Some of the work is expected to be noisy but we will try to keep this to a minimum where possible.

    We’ve also been working closely with Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to minimise disruption for drivers on the diversion route.

    We’d encourage those that do need to travel over that weekend to allow extra time for their journey and to follow the clearly signed diversion route in place.

    Once the work has been completed we’ll close Commercial Road between access to the Holiday Inn and Kingston Street for around three weeks for the following:

    • to allow Yorkshire Water to connect to an existing sewer that is in the middle of the road
    • Northern Gas Networks will be installing a new gas main
    • Northern Power Grid and KCOM will be installing new ducting which protects the underground cables

    There will also be a closure of Myton Street from 6am on Monday 1 February to allow Yorkshire Water to divert the sewer. This closure will remain in place until the scheme has been constructed, access to Myton Street will be from Osborne Street. 

    You can see the latest information about the scheme in our newsletter.

  • 22 December 2020

    Demolition of Myton Centre

    We’re due to start demolishing Myton Centre week commencing Monday 4 January.

    The area which previously belonged to Hull City Council is being used as a new public open space.

    The first part of the process is to strip the inside of the building with the actual demolition of the building due to start later the same week. The whole process is expected to take four weeks to complete.

    Work will take place during the day only, we’ll be using an excavator to demolish the building and aren’t expecting it to be noisy. We’ll also be using water suppression to manage any dust created by the demolition.

    Once the demolition has been completed the area will be landscaped and turned into public open space, connecting the existing Jubilee Arboretum with William Street Park.

    Well also be restarting work to strengthen the central reservation. This work will begin again week commencing Monday 4 January 2021 and will be carried out overnight. This is because we need to close the eastbound A63 and reduce the westbound A63 to one lane for safety. Although we will be working between 8pm and 2am on weekdays we are limiting the noisiest activities to before 11.30pm to reduce the impact on local residents. We expect that this work will take four weeks to complete.

  • 18 November 2020

    Our response to customers

    We would like to apologise to the residents of Hull who were disrupted by our work that took place on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November.

    In order to improve the pedestrian access along High Street to the Fruit Market area we needed to install some sheet pile walls. These are walls built to keep the earth, water or any other material from falling into the area.

    Why were you working overnight?

    We were unable to carry out the work during the day because we were working next to the Magistrates Court. The court has sessions on weekdays and sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays. We couldn’t disturb these ongoing sessions.

    Another reason we were unable to do the work during the day was because we needed to close a lane of the A63. We discussed with the local authority whether we could close one side of the carriageway, but it was felt that this would cause too much disruption. This is due to the higher number of vehicles using the road using the day and other work in the city centre.

    This restricted us to carrying the work out overnight.

    Why was it so noisy?

    We were carrying out piling work which can be noisy. The level of noise depends on various things such as the nature of the ground, size of piles and the layout of buildings in the area – affecting how the noise travels and echoes. We were using large piles and the ground was resistant which meant it was particularly noisy.

    We looked at different type of piling which is generally less noisy, however this would’ve taken over a month to complete. We felt the best option was to do the work over just one weekend.

    Who did you tell about the work?

    A few weeks before the work took place we sent letters to residents living in nearby streets.

    • Church Lane Staithe
    • Trinity Wharf
    • Liberty Lane
    • Blanket Row
    • Market Place (up to South Churchside)
    • King William House
    • Queen Street (as far as Humber Street)
    • Castle Street (north side as far as Fish Street)

    We have reviewed the letter-drop area and next time we will consider sending letters to more properties, as we recognise that the noise travelled further than expected.

    What steps were taken to monitor noise?

    During this work Hull City Council were monitoring noise-levels.

    We are putting-in noise monitors along the entire length of the scheme. At some of our sites we already have mobile ones. We’ll be agreeing the noise thresholds with the local authority.

    How do you intend to improve things next time?

    We’ll be doing more noisy work over the coming months, including more piling activity. We accept the noise level this time was very disruptive and we are looking at how we can improve this for residents in the future. We will:

    • Avoid working overnight wherever possible.
    • Work together with the local authority and speak to businesses and others early-on, so that we can find the best way to minimise disruption.
    • Send letters to more properties, across a wider area - to let more people know about the work before it happens.

    We will continue to carefully consider the impact that the work has on the travelling public – to ensure that we don’t cause major delays.

     

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

For those travelling from the M62 - we currently have a barrier scheme taking place between North Cave (junction 38 of the M62) and South Cave on the A63. Overnight until February 2022 traffic may be diverted off at junction 37 for Howden to Marfleet Avenue.

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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