Time to re­draw plans

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The now sched­uled Cas­tle Street de­vel­op­ment has at­tracted some com­ment this week, not least from Frank Mc­conaghy. In short I agree with Frank’s rec­om­men­da­tion about build­ing “a road on stilts”. We’ve been build­ing fly­overs for decades, so why not link a few to­gether?

Of course, I haven’t done a sur­vey of traf­fic both ways be­tween Smith & Nephew and the Vic­to­ria Dock round­about, but I reckon a good pro­por­tion in both di­rec­tions is through traf­fic, par­tic­u­larly HGVS.

By build­ing a road that goes above Cas­tle Street, that has ap­pro­pri­ate on/off slip roads at each end, this would surely present a bet­ter so­lu­tion than what is cur­rently en­vis­aged.

Build it high enough and you ren­der the My­ton Bridge re­dun­dant for all through traf­fic.

Now, I can’t fig­ure out why this sort of pro­posal doesn’t ap­pear to have re­ceived se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

Cas­tle Street is part of the A63 trunk road, so is the ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity of High­ways Eng­land, so the work will be funded by cen­tral govern­ment. In his let­ters, Frank al­ludes to the lack of suc­cess Hull seems to have had over many years when it comes to re­ceiv­ing na­tional sup­port and fund­ing.

Could it be that our lo­cal po­lit­i­cal elite are just not up to the job? Has there been a lack of vi­sion all round? Are the usual peo­ple so com­fort­able on their coun­cil seats that they fail to rise to the chal­lenges that lo­cal govern­ment de­mands these days? I don’t know.

Come on lo­cal politi­cians, get your heads to­gether and make some noise that will be heard in White­hall. Re­draw the Cas­tle Street plans for all our sakes.

Rob Mil­ner, He­don.

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