On the right track
A £16 million scheme which has more than doubled the rail capacity to Hull docks will ease traffic congestion and help jobs in the region.
The scheme, which included doubling and strengthening sections of rail track to the docks on Hedon Road, has increased rail capacity from 10 to 22 freight trains per day in each direction.
It's expected to ease traffic congestion on busy routes such as the A63 Castle Street, which currently carries around 60,000 vehicles per day, including 9,000 lorries bound for the docks.
"It's also excellent news for the city in terms of safeguarding existing jobs and allowing the expansion of the docks to cope with international demand," said transportation policy manager at Hull City Council, Michael Ibbotson.
"It's not expected that all of the extra capacity will be taken up immediately, but that rail usage will increase in time as the market grows.
"Some early enquiries have already been received from new businesses looking to move goods in or out of the docks by rail."
The scheme has included the removal of the railway bridge at Ella Street and the installation of a new double junction at Hessle Road.
It has been funded by Yorkshire Forward (£9.5 million), Network Rail (£5.1 million) and Associated British Ports (£1.5 million).
Opened by minister for transport Rosie Winterton in June, the scheme has been hailed as an excellent example of partnership working with support from Hull City Council, the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly and the Humber Economic Partnership.