In 1884, the Alexandra Dock in Hull became one of the first ports in the world to get outdoor lighting, allowing labourers to work through the night. The system was supplied by a German company: Siemens. One-hundred and thirty years later, Siemens returned to Hull – this time with a factory that manufactures 75 metre rotor blades for offshore wind turbines which has acted as a catalyst for an economic revival in the regional city. Now an ambitious businessman is planning an even more radical £1.5bn overhaul which could utterly transform the port itself – and create Britain’s largest man-made lagoon in the process. He has proposed an ambitious £1.5bn scheme to build a six mile relief road on reclaimed land in the Humber estuary, encircling the city. It would transform Hull’s waterfront, protecting it from flooding, reducing traffic congestion and harnessing the economic benefits of the North Sea green energy revival by creating a vast new port area safe from tides and waves.
Telegraph 13th Nov 2019 read more »