‘High priority’ to ease city’s gridlock

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HOPES have been raised that Hull’s busiest road will finally get long-awaited improvements.

Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson and transport portfolio holder Coun Martin Mancey met Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in Westminster yesterday. Coun Mancey said Mr McLoughlin agreed Castle Street was “high priority” for the next spending review, and work could possibly start as early as 2016.

Hull Council is planning to launch a design competition for a land bridge.

Coun Mancey said: “He agreed it was important that the works not only solve the traffic problem on this important route to the port and the future Siemens development, but also include quality pedestrian facilities to cross this busy road.”

The Department for Transport has appointed a project sponsor to co-ordinate the plans – which could cost between £160m and £200m – and oversee the budget and the Highways Agency has appointed a project manager and a team of consultants for the design.