Hull Carr Lane road closure sparks business footfall fears

Road works on Queen Victoria Square in Hull
Image caption Works are also currently under way in other roads including Queen Victoria Square, which is adjacent to Carr Lane

Traders on a major Hull city centre road fear its closure will affect their businesses.

Carr Lane has closed to all traffic for four months for it to be rebuilt ahead of the City of Culture celebrations next year.

It is part of the authority's £25m 10-year revamp plan for the city centre.

But some businesses have said buses diverted away from the area would result in a drop in footfall, which would be "a blow" for trade.

Carr Lane is one of the city's main routes for buses, with nine stops along the road. It will be reconstructed from Monument Bridge to Anne Street with new paving.

While the work is going on, an alternative temporary bus stop has been put in place on Anne Street.

Image copyright Hull City Council
Image caption Diversions have been put in place for buses to be routed to a temporary stop on Anne Street

Ted Johnston, owner of Johnston's Butchers, said: "We're already struggling for footfall in the city centre because shopping habits have changed. This is another blow.

"A great deal of the footfall comes from the buses and they'll be disembarking elsewhere."

Councillor Martin Mancey said "some disruption" was to be expected.

He added: "We are working hard to support businesses through these periods, with Hull BID and with dedicated public liaison officers employed by Eurovia acting as a point of contact for all retailers and businesses affected by the work.

"We are also installing additional signage in areas to signal that businesses are open as usual."

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) and Stagecoach East Midlands said the disruption was "unfortunate" and "inevitable", but both companies were working with the council to "minimise the inconvenience for bus passengers".

The closure comes at a time when works are under way on other roads in the city centre, including Whitefriargate and Queen Victoria Square - both of which are only accessible by pedestrians.

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