Subway Street to be reopened as Hessle Road traders welcome parking plans
TRADERS have welcomed the news that a street off Hessle Road will be reopened to ease parking problems.
Subway Street was blocked off years ago when thousands of homes were knocked down.
Now work should begin shortly on opening it, providing a link to Clive Sullivan Way and increasing parking spaces.
Hairdresser Donna Finn, who owns Fe'male Ego on Hessle Road, has been campaigning to open up the street for seven years.
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She also wants West Dock Avenue and Harrow Street reopened.
She said: "This is fantastic news and certainly a step in the right direction.
"We have been trying to get these roads reopened and the yellow lines lifted for years.
"It will help create a lot more parking spaces and we need to make sure the yellow lines are lifted."
Mrs Finn also believes it will help with traffic problems along the street.
She said: "It should ease congestion in Hessle Road and, if the all three are opened, it will make a considerable difference.
"It will also help traders with deliveries and make it easier for lorries to turn.
"Slowly but surely we are getting there."
A 21-day consultation will begin this week on the new traffic regulation order. If there are no objections, work could start within weeks.
Paul Hammond, partner of furniture store Carl Hammonds, has also welcomed the move.
He said: "We have been here 50 years and I have worked here for 28 years.
"When the council created parking bays and closed the roads, it was a mess.
"Parking is a nightmare and it is something our customers always complain about. It is even a nightmare for the traders themselves.
"Opening the streets will really help for deliveries as well.
"We have large lorries to deliver big items such as sofas and beds and they have to double park.
"If the roads are opened, the lorries can turn down them.
"This is very welcome news."
Hull City Council has confirmed plans to open Subway Street.
Graham Hall, assistant head of service for transport and asset management, said: "The proposed changes to Subway Street will be to remove the existing physical barrier and increase the amount of parking spaces available for people visiting the shops in Hessle Road and other businesses in the area."
Over the next couple of months, the council will review the parking restrictions on other streets south of Hessle Road.