Road to be closed to allow essential work on £11m Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme

Mon, 15 Jun 2020

A foreshore road in Hessle is to be closed to allow essential work to be carried out on a £11m tidal defence scheme.

Cliff Road, Hessle, will be closed for three months from 7am on Monday 22 June 2020 for health and safety reasons to allow heavy machinery and construction work to be carried out safely on the Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council project involves the construction of a 465-metre long, 1m-high glass and concrete wall along Cliff Road, Hessle, to help shield the area from flooding caused by tidal surges along the Humber.

When completed - along with the other two sections currently being undertaken on the A63 and the Hessle Haven Sluice - the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in the Hessle and West Hull areas.

The Cliff Road closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and may be extended further if it is necessary.

However, the road will still be open for residents and businesses, emergency services, bin crews and delivery vehicles.

Dave Waudby, the council's head of infrastructure and facilities, said: "We had previously planned to keep the road open to all traffic during this construction phase, using traffic lights and fencing off the work area.

"Under normal circumstances this would have worked well, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with people at home and children off school, the foreshore and Cliff Road in particular has become an extremely popular destination for day trippers.

"So, unfortunately, because of the large numbers of pedestrians and cars, we are unable to carry on the work safely without closing Cliff Road.

"As heavy machinery and equipment such as sheet piling rigs, cranes and excavators will frequently use Cliff Road throughout the day, the safety of the members of public is paramount, and we have no other viable option but to implement this measure.

"We don't wish to discourage residents from enjoying the foreshore, so we will be signposting alternative parking at the Humber Bridge Country Park and off-road parking on Livingstone Road close to the skate park. Both of these car parks are less than 10 minutes' walk from the foreshore on Cliff Road.

"Vehicles will still be able to gain access to the Country Park Inn and its car park throughout the work."

Traffic lights will still be in operation on Cliff Road during the closure to allow safe access for permitted vehicles.

All parking bays and kerbside parking on Cliff Road will be closed off and the area will be patrolled by parking enforcement officers.

Work on the tidal defence scheme is due to continue until late spring next year.

The first section of the scheme began in January this year with the start of construction of a 600m long, 1 metre-high concrete barrier along the westbound stretch of the A63 Clive Sullivan Way, which is being carried out by Highways England.

The next stages are being carried out by council contractor Interserve Construction Ltd and include:

  • The construction of a 1-metre-high glass and concrete wall along the southern side of Cliff Road, Hessle. The wall will include flood gates at various points which can be closed during a tidal surge event.

  • The raising of the road underneath the Humber Bridge to tie in with the concrete barrier as it passes under the bridge.

A further stage of the tidal defence scheme involves a series of improvements to the sluice structure on the Fleet Drain at Hessle Clough which includes raising the existing wall by one meter to reduce the risk of overtopping during a tidal surge.

This stage of the works is being carried out by another council contractor ESH Construction.

The work is being jointly funded with grants from the Environment Agency (FDGiA), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (ERDF) and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fund Programme.

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