Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson has met with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP about the timing of improvements to the A63 Castle Street.
The plans for the overall scheme have, in Mr Johnson’s words, serious technical problems to overcome, but it is hoped that an iconic footbridge linking the City Centre to the Marina and waterfront, can be constructed in time for 2017.
“He was receptive to our suggestion that, if necessary, the construction of the bridge could be progressed separately and in advance of the road improvement scheme. He undertook to explore this possibility with his officials as a matter of urgency and to write to me within the next fortnight to inform me of the outcome,” Said Mr Johnson.
Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull City Council cabinet member responsible for transport infrastructure, was also at the meeting in London.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that this footbridge is ready for all the additional visitors we expect during our year as City of Culture and to make sure that the government fully understands the need for the wider Castle Street improvements, which are essential for the future growth of the city.
“We will continue to press the Secretary of State, the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to deliver this vital project on time,” Said Councillor Mancey.