Safety fears could close tunnel leading to Hull's former fish dock
THE future of a subway leading to Hull's former fish dock is set to be reviewed after being at the centre of a planning row.
The tunnel under Clive Sullivan Way and the main railway line in and out of the city currently provides a pedestrian route from Hessle Road to the derelict former St Andrew's Dock.
Once part of Subway Street, it used to be the main road link off the fish docks.
It was the scene of a massive explosion in 1970, which killed two people and left 17 others in hospital with serious burns, when a tanker carrying liquid gas struck the roof of the tunnel.
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Today it is still a public right of way with access restricted to pedestrians and cyclists.
But that could change after city councillors heard concerns over safety issues surrounding the subway.
They have called for a review of its use as a public right of way after rejecting proposals to redevelop the old dock for student housing.
One of the reasons for rejecting the scheme was a proposal to use the subway as the main pedestrian access route to the new flats
The company behind the proposal had offered to install new security lighting and 24-hour CCTV in the subway.
But Humberside Police lodged an official objection, claiming the area was a potential crime hotspot because of its isolation.
The force produced figures recording 230 crimes committed in a quarter-mile radius of the dock during a two-year period to April this year.
Planning committee chairman Councillor Sean Chaytor said: "We do want to see some form of development there, whether it is residential or office-based, but it needs to be safe for people to get to."
Councillor Nadine Fudge, who represents the area, said the tunnel was still well-used despite being tucked away behind an industrial estate.
"It is still lit at night and people do use it," she said. "We need to see if it is possible to do anything to improve the tunnel because I accept that at the moment it is not the most pleasant place in the world."