Time to redraw plans
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.