PLANS for a landmark bridge in Hull that would heal the divide between city and its marina will be made public next month.
Pressure has been growing for a solution to crossing the A63 at Castle Street since Hull won the title City of Culture 2017.
The Highways Agency is close to finalising a design for a new £5m bridge close to Prince’s Quay. A consultation process will take place next year.
Hull Council officials say they hope people will see it as a “vast improvement” on the traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossing there now. It will be a striking design and, at more than 16ft wide, take cyclists as well as pedestrians.
A Hull Council spokesman said: “The design has evolved through a process of consultation with various bodies. It isn’t hard and fast.
“Hopefully most people will accept that it is going to be a vast improvement and a good bridge that will be safe and convenient. We won’t expect everybody to like it – all these things are a compromise.
“Some people will love it, some people will hate it. We hope it makes a statement and most people will grow to love it.”
The authority is hoping the bridge, which will take up to nine months to build, can be completed ahead of the £160m Castle Street scheme and in time for City of Culture.
The Highways Agency said: “We have been working closely with Hull City Council to develop an acceptable crossing at Princes Quay, and we plan to consult on a number of potential options for this crossing in the New Year.
“We are currently in the process of finalising the plans for this consultation, including the precise options that will be put forward and the timing. More details will be made available once we have completed this work.
“It is important to note that any agreed option for the crossing will need to be both achievable and affordable, and meet the scheme objectives. Start of work on the scheme remains subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory processes and it remaining value for money.”
It planned to submit its development application in the spring.
Derry-Londonderry – this year’s city of culture – built its Peace Bridge, across the River Foyle, connecting the largely unionist Waterside with the largely nationalist Cityside, two years ahead of the festivities.