Work on a bridge in Hull city centre has been delayed until at least 2018 after ground investigations revealed complications.
The A63 Princes Quay footbridge project will not now be finished – or even started – in time for the East Yorkshire city’s role as UK City of Culture in 2017.
The decision to postpone the scheme was made after surveys showed extra works were needed to an existing marina wall before foundations could be laid for the bridge. This meant work would have been ongoing through much of 2017, which Hull City Council deemed “not acceptable”.
Highways England A63 Castle Street project manager James Holmes said last summer: ”We appreciate the public interest in the scheme and are continuing to do everything possible to construct the bridge in time for City of Culture in 2017.”
But a spokesperson for Highways England said this week: “We remain committed to constructing a footbridge at Princes Quay in Hull and we are working hard on the plans.
“Hull City Council and Highways England jointly took the decision to reschedule construction work to avoid disruption to the City of Culture celebrations in 2017.”
Hull City Councillor Martin Mancey said this week: “If construction had gone ahead, the level of disruption it would have caused on the main arterial route in the city during our year as City of Culture would not have been acceptable.
“We are currently in discussions with Highways England to develop a detailed plan to improve the existing crossings across Castle Street in time for 2017, the details of which will be released shortly.”
Archaeological and ground investigation work – which began on the site last summer – will continue over the next few weeks.
The bridge is part of a £75M A63 improvement contract held by Balfour Beatty.
A Balfour Beatty spokesperson said: ”A joint decision was taken by Hull City Council and Highways England to reschedule construction work of Princes Quay footbridge to avoid disruption to the City of Culture celebrations in 2017.”