Press release

Albert Dock flood defence improvement work to start

New flood wall will reduce flood risk to hundreds of properties affected by last December’s tidal surge

A £6.3 million Environment Agency scheme to improve flood defences on the River Humber at Albert Dock in Hull begins on Wednesday 12 November.

The work will involve the construction of a 950-metre wall, one metre high, that will reduce the risk of flooding to hundreds of properties affected by last December’s tidal surge.

A further 600 metres of defences will be built within the Port of Hull to protect the city centre, and repairs will also be made to the Dunston Culvert, which is disused and dilapidated.

Construction is expected to be completed by June 2015.

To allow the works to take place, the TransPennine Trail will be temporarily diverted, with an access ramp provided to maintain the right of way for disabled people.

Peter Toms, project manager at the Environment Agency, said:

Over the past few months of planning for this scheme, we have been working closely with Hull City Council, Associated British Ports and the Local Enterprise Partnership, who have all given us excellent support.

The improved flood defences at Albert Dock will reduce the risk of flooding to 300 local homes and businesses.

Check the Environment Agency web pages to find out if you are at risk of flooding.

You can also register for free Flood Warnings if they are available in your area. You can register online or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188.