From road and rail improvements to new flood defences, during the past 12 months the Humber LEP has been supporting our partners to deliver vital infrastructure projects to support the Humber’s economic prospects and unlock future growth.
The LEP’s Growth Deal programme supports infrastructure projects across the Humber, led by local authorities and businesses. £21m has been invested on the ground over the course of the 2018/19 financial year.
Building on the successful Delivering Housing Growth scheme in Hull, further sites have been identified and brought forward for new-build housing and refurbishment of old housing stock to further Hull’s strategy of housing-led renewal.
Additional regeneration is being facilitated in the city centre with demolition and other enabling works taking place in Albion Square to unlock potential for a mixed use regeneration development.
Work has also started on constructing a pedestrian footbridge over the A63, connecting the city centre with the Marina and Fruit Market areas, and providing safe access for pedestrians and cyclists alike. This is a core part of the A63 improvement scheme and will open up opportunities for further development around the waterfront.
South of the Humber, investment to improve transport infrastructure continues with a £7.2m LGF investment to upgrade the Humber’s rail infrastructure almost complete. The alterations to the rail network between Immingham and Doncaster will enable more goods and wider loads to be transported from the ports.
Work has also started to undertake vital carriageway works around the South Humber Bank. Across two separate schemes approximately £4.6m Local Growth Fund has been committed to improve the condition and quality of the highway asset and ensure it is a suitable standard to accommodate existing and future traffic developments within the area.
Further investment has also gone into Bridlington, with the Gypsey Race Park project supported by ESIF and the next phase of the regeneration of Bridlington Town Centre.
A number of schemes to alleviate flooding at locations in the East Riding are now substantially complete. These include at Anlaby and East Ella, where a large culvert to redirect storm water has been installed, Cottingham and Orchard Park where an overflow lagoon has been created, and Hull and Holderness where the height of existing tidal defences has been increased to guard against tidal surges.
The Humber Enterprise Zone provides a supply of sites for investment, and 2018/19 saw two new businesses move on site, with 349 new jobs created – bringing the total to 42 new occupant companies and 1,746 new jobs being achieved on Enterprise Zones since their establishment.
Major Enterprise Zone investment decisions being made in 2019 included the announcement of new facilities to be built by Siemens Mobility and Croda at Goole.
Meanwhile, our unique Single Conversation Group continued to bring together statutory agencies and planning authorities to ensure that barriers to development across the Humber are minimised. It has been working with developers of major schemes in 2018/19, including Yorkshire Energy Park and Siemens Mobility.
The Single Conversation Group is also developing a comprehensive compensation and mitigation plan for the Humber, which will identify the potential habitat creation requirements needed to enable developer/investors to achieve sustainable economic development in the region.
£58.25m investment committed to infrastructure projects
7,498 properties with reduced flood risk
811 new houses completed under the Growth Deal