Tuesday 3 Jan 2017
Vital bridge upgrade to begin in Hull
Network Rail is reminding road users in Hull that vital improvement work will begin on a bridge over the railway close to Hull Paragon next week.
Park Street, which spans the tracks that go in and out of the station, will be closed from January 9 until March 28 so that the bridge can be strengthened and the 7.5-tonne weight restriction, which was imposed in 2000, can be lifted.
The work, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, was originally scheduled to take place last October but was rescheduled to January in order to not clash with Hull Fair.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project with clearly signposted diversions in place, with access to the Tesco car park at St Stephens and the Transport Interchange coach park maintained throughout.
Paul Wright, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “Park Street bridge was built in 1938 and is now in need of investment to keep both the road and rail networks reliable. While we apologise for any inconvenience the road closure causes, the bridge work has been planned to cause the minimum amount of disruption for the shortest amount of time and we have worked alongside Hull City Council throughout the scheme.”
Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Energy City, said: “Park Street Bridge in its current condition is not fit for purpose and these works will not only increase the existing weight limit, but reduce traffic in Ferensway and make pedestrian access into the Interchange much safer and easier.
“These improvements to the city’s highways network play an important role in helping to reduce congestion and support economic regeneration through improving sustainable accessibility for all modes of transport around the city.”
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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.