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Green light for Hull bridge

Planning permission has been granted for the £11.5M Princes Quay bridge in Hull.

The bridge will link Hull marina with the southern end of Princes Dock. Construction is expected to be finished by Easter 2017. Planning permission was granted yesterday by Hull City Council.

The bridge was designed by architects McDowell+Benedetti in conjunction with lead designer Arup and contractor Balfour Beatty. Balfour was awarded the main £75M A63 Castle Street improvement project by the Highways Agency under an Early Contractor Involvement design and build deal last year.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “It’s great news that Highways England will be able to construct the Princes Quay bridge in advance of the main Castle Street scheme and in time for Hull’s term as the European City of Culture.”

Princes Quay, Hull, bridge

Source: Highways England

Architects McDowell+Benedetti, Arup and Balfour Beatty are all working on the bridge.

The work is part of a project by Highways England to upgrade the A63. This work includes a proposed new junction at Mytongate and two new pedestrian bridges over the road, including the Princes Quay bridge. It is working on a Development Consent Order application for the scheme.

Highways England project manager Jimmy Holmes said: “Now planning permission and funding has been granted, we are on track to enable the bridge to be in place by Easter 2017 as an early phase of the main Castle Street scheme.

“We have carried out extensive planning and worked very closely with our stakeholders, including Hull City Council and local businesses.

“We will work hard to keep disruption to a minimum and will install the new bridge as quickly as we can. Discussions have already started with Hull City Council and Humberside Police about how the traffic is managed and pedestrian access is maintained during construction.”

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