Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements - Information Page

Closes 31 Mar 2021

Opened 21 Aug 2018


The Humber: Hull Frontage scheme is a £42 million flood defence scheme to upgrade the defences along the edge of the Humber Estuary to protect the city of Hull from tidal flooding.

The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the estuary for 113,000 properties.  It will upgrade tidal flood defences at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including at St Andrew's Quay Retail Park, Victoria Pier and Victoria Dock Village. In total more than seven kilometres of tidal flood defences along the estuary frontage will be improved.

Work on the scheme is scheduled to be completed by March 2021.

Victoria Dock Village - Plimsoll Way
Victoria Dock Village West - Plimsoll Way

Current update

Contractor BMM-JV - a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald - are on site and have begun work.

Victoria Dock Village
Work on the flood defences at Victoria Dock Village – West has started in June 2019. In order to carry out the construction work, a section of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) along the Hull frontage promenade has temporarily been closed – and a signposted diversion route has been put in place.

The diversion starts at The Deep and initially follows Tower Street, then continues along South Bridge Road and then along Plimsoll Way, where the diversion ends, re-joining the footpath promenade and the TPT eastwards.

Alternatively, there is also an option to continue past The Deep along the footpath promenade up to and then along Camilla Close and then joining the diversion along South Bridge Road and Plimsoll Way.

Please see the image below, highlighting the footpath closure and the route of the diversion.

Victoria Dock Village - West, footpath promenade closure

Victoria Pier
A supplementary planning application was submitted to Hull City Council in July 2019 for flood defence improvements proposed at Victoria Pier.

We hosted a drop-in style event at Victoria Pier on Tuesday 3rd September to offer residents and stakeholders the opportunity to meet the project team and hear about the progress we are making along the frontage of the Humber Estuary and learn more about the proposed work at Victoria Pier.

The event was well attended and has received positive feedback for offering people the opportunity to ask the project team any questions about the current work to improve the local flood defences.

Ministerial visit
Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey visited the city on Thursday 16th May 2019 to mark the official start of work on the Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements scheme.

The Minister met representatives from partner organisations, including Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water and Highways England, at a public event at Hull City Hall to mark the launch. She was then shown the Hull tidal barrier and areas of work, including Victoria Dock Village, where the Minister cut the first piece of turf to get the scheme officially underway.

Following the Minister’s visit, there was a public drop-in event and exhibition at City Hall to allow residents and business owners to learn more about the work.

Victoria Dock Village East - Harbour Way
Victoria Dock Village East - Harbour Way

Why is this work needed?

In the past 65 years, there have been three major tidal events in Hull.  The most significant  of these occurred in December 2013 when 264 properties were flooded when the existing defences were overtopped. During high spring tides, water levels in the estuary have the potential to rise by around one to three metres above some parts of the city.

The Humber: Hull Frontage Scheme is one of a number of flood alleviation projects that form part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Environment Agency and 12 local authorities around the Humber are working together to review and determine how we manage tidal flood risk around the Humber Estuary, including rivers where tidal flow is the main source of tidal flood risk.

Victoria Dock Village West - Half Tide Basin
Victoria Dock Village West - Half Tide Basin

In 2008, the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy identified the need for a review of tidal defences in and around the city of Hull. We reviewed 19 kilometres of existing defences along the north bank of the Humber, through Hull from Saltend in the east to the city’s boundary at Hessle Haven in the west.

Our review concluded that improved flood defences were required over seven kilometres of the study area and that work was needed in eight separate locations along the estuary frontage in Hull.

Humber Strategy survey

We are currently developing an ambitious new Humber Strategy (Humber 2100+) for managing tidal flood risk on and around the Humber, for the next 100 years – and we would like to hear your views to help us shape the new strategy.

We want to find out more about local attitudes towards flood risk and hear about what matters to people who live and work around the Humber area. To do this we have launched a survey to gather information that will feed into our work on the strategy. To take part in our survey please visit:

Working in partnership

This investment will be supported by a further four kilometres of new and raised defences on either side of the city, at Hessle, where work is currently being planned and at Paull, where defences have already been completed. This work is delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.




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