The East Yorkshire city of Hull (strictly, Kingston-upon-Hull) grew prosperous thanks to its maritime position. But it was severely damaged by WWII bombing and the post-War period was a story of economic hardship. The award of UK City of Culture 2017 helped the city’s rejuvenation, generating over £200m in inward investment. Part of the ongoing renaissance is the proposed A63 Castle Street improvement, a 1.5km scheme to improve traffic flow on this major route through the city to the docks whilst enhancing pedestrian links between the Old Town and the renovated marina. The DCO examination hearings begin on 4 June 2019.
Stephen Whale, instructed by BDB Pitmans LLP, is representing Highways England (the applicant) at the hearings. It is Stephen’s sixth DCO: previous cases include the A556 in Cheshire, the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement scheme and the M4 smart motorway.