A new footpath and cycle route that will give members of the public the opportunity to see developments on Hull’s Alexandra Dock take shape, has been officially opened today (15th May).
The three-kilometre pathway represents an investment of £2 million and is the first element of the Green Port Hull development on Alexandra Dock, to be opened.
The footpath, which now forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail, will carry the re-routed Public Right of Way from the river front to enable construction of the Siemens facility which forms part of the wider Green Port Hull project. The pathway will give walkers and cyclists the opportunity to travel from Victoria Dock around the outer perimeter of Alexandra Dock uninterrupted, giving unrivalled views over the site as the Siemens development takes shape.
The walkway has been built by CR Reynolds of North Ferriby on behalf of Associated British Ports, which is investing £150 million in providing marine berths for offshore wind turbine installation vessels and preparing the site for Siemens to begin construction of its blade factory, service buildings and offices.
This work involves demolition of existing buildings, infilling 16-acres of the dock with around one million cubic metres of sand from the Estuary, as well as construction of quay walls and three new berths.
ABP Head of Projects Simon Brett believes the opening of the footpath and cycleway represents a significant milestone in the development of the site and a major success for collaborative working with local residents, businesses and consultation groups.
He said: “Today sees the completion of a crucial part of the redevelopment of Alexandra Dock. As part of the construction work we had to close the established public right of way, which was used and enjoyed by many people, so to be able to open this new route is fantastic.
“We very much appreciate the input we’ve had from so many different parties, which has helped to create such an interesting and varied route. These have included ramblers and cyclists through to schools and the local art college. All have played their part in creating this great new footpath.
“The pathway will give walkers and cyclists front-row seats as the site develops, and the landscaping, lighting and seating schemes, artwork and information boards that are to be installed over the next year will also make it an informative, interactive experience. We’re looking forward to seeing members of the local community use and enjoy this new facility.”
More than 90 trees and around 26, 000 plants have been used in the landscaping of the footpath. Artwork created by students from Hull School of Art & Design will be used to line the walkway. Exhibition panels designed by local schools will also be erected and ABP itself together with help from local historians will also place information boards at strategic points along the walkway, giving a potted history of the dock and details of its future as vital link in the renewable energy supply chain.
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “We welcome the opening of this footpath which will provide a key walking and cycling route for residents and visitors of the city.
“The diversion of the original footpath will be critical to the investment and business in the area and will prove to be an invaluable asset to the city’s public right of way network.
“Green Port Hull is one of the most significant developments in our city promising long-term future prosperity ensuring Hull is at the heart of the advancing renewable energy sector.”
The Siemens facility is due to become fully operational in early 2017.
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- · Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
- · Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- · Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- · Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- · Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
- · Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
- · Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and could create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.
Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.
The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over two million tonnes of cargo annually.