The A63 Castle Street Hull improvement scheme has been let on an early contractor involvement (ECI) design and build basis. Subject to the completion of statutory processes, it is expected that full construction work will start in 2016. Construction is expected to take 48 months to complete from start of work.
The 1.5km scheme in the centre of Hull will improve journey times for road users through conversion of a major interchange into a split level junction with a two-lane dual carriageway carrying east-west traffic below north-south traffic in a new 400-metre underpass. This section of the A63 is one of the busiest sections of road in the area, and is an important link between the M62, the Humber Bridge and the Port of Hull.
The aim of the project is to reduce the impact of the barrier caused by Castle Street between the city centre to the north, the tourist and recreational developments to the south, and to improve access to the Port of Hull.
The scheme will also include three new footbridges, one of which is a council scheme that will go ahead following the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) being awarded £4m from the government’s recent growth deal announcement.
According to the initial contract notice published last year, Balfour Beatty’s first task is to manage the exhumation of 15,000 bodies from the Holy Trinity Burial Ground, which needs to be cleared to make way for the new road link.
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK chief executive Nicholas Pollard said: “This award to improve journey times on the main route through Hull builds upon our 20 year portfolio of work for the Highways Agency and our extensive experience of successful delivery of ECI contracts including the recent A3 Hindhead Tunnel and A46 Newark to Widmerpool projects through which we were able to deliver substantial cost efficiencies to the Highways Agency.”