Hull city centre work boosts safety

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Published: Sunday 7th September 2014 by The News Editor

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Workers have been beavering through the night to make sure the public are safe at the Hull Freedom Festival this weekend and future events in the city.

Hull City Council and the Highways Agency have carried out a number of alterations to Castle Street during the past week as thousands of people are expected to use it to attend events at the Marina, Humber Street and the Fruit Market.

The changes include replacing permanent barriers with temporary ones, adding extra drop kerbs and altering the pedestrian crossing and traffic light arrangements.

The Event Safety Advisory Group had raised concerns about Castle Street’s ability to cope with large numbers of people, particularly at the crossing point, but the work has now raised its capacity and should also mean that other roads won’t have to be closed in future during large-scale events like the Freedom Festival.

The work will also help the city cope with the number of people who are likely to attend City of Culture events in three years’ time.

Humber Street and Pier Street will undergo a facelift once the festival has finished, beginning with the renovation of warehouses in the area.

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Published: Sunday 7th September 2014 by The News Editor

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