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A63 road
A63(T) looking west from near Brough
A63(T) looking west from near Brough
Length (miles) 58
Length (km) 93
Direction East - West
Start Kingston upon Hull
Primary
destinations1
Selby
End Leeds
Roads joined [ M⁠1 ⁠] M1 motorway[ M⁠62 ⁠] M62 motorway
UK road A15.svg A15 road
UK road A165.PNG A165 road
Euroroute(s)
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.


The A63 is a major road in Yorkshire, England between Leeds and Kingston upon Hull.

Leeds – Howden

It runs east from the Halton Moor area of Leeds past Garforth and through Selby and Howden. The six mile £44 million Selby Bypass opened on 11 June 2004, and it partly shares the route with the north-south A19. At the end of the bypass the A63 joins the A19 on part of the £5 million Barlby Bypass, which is 5 miles (8.0 km) long with the Riccall section further north, which opened in October 1987. This follows what was the old East Coast Main Line before the Selby Diversion opened in the early 1980s.

It leaves at the dangerous Barlby Crossroads to the right, passing Osgodby then over the railway line and passes Hemingbrough. The Osgodby Bypass was cancelled due to increases in prices of land. It crosses the River Derwent and enters the East Riding of Yorkshire. It passes through Newsholme before passing straight through Howden next to Howden Minster.

From Howden the A63 is renamed to be the B1230, at the Howden end it is still signposted as the A63. The B1230 continues and carries the A63 traffic over the M62 motorway and onwards in to Gilberdyke. When the B1230 was originally the A63, the main road through Gilberdyke was a dual carriageway for about three miles to the other side of Newport. Where the B1230 crosses the M62 motorway at Newport the M62 finishes and the A63 starts. Prior to the last eastern section of the M62 to be built, the motorway terminated at a temporary junction at Balkholme onto the A63 (now B1230). Before the M62 opened, the single carriageway A63 was Hull's main route to the south of England, via many bottlenecks.

North Cave – Hull

The section from the M62 to the A1034 junction near South Cave was single carriageway before the M62 opened in May 1976. The section was constructed as the dualling of the Caves Bypass and opened when the last eastern section of the M62 opened, completing the dual carriageway link to the outskirts of Hull. The 2.5 miles (4.0 km) Elloughton bypass was built in October 1971, from the A1034 to the Welton/Brough junction passing Brantingham to the west. It replaced the former road through Elloughton and Brough.

The Welton/BroughNorth Ferriby section opened in 1963. At the west end of North Ferriby, the former traffic lights and crossroads were replaced in early 2007 with an interchange.

The North Ferriby bypass and North Ferriby – Hessle were two sections that opened in 1961. The road continues under the Humber Bridge and through Hessle before terminating in Kingston upon Hull. This final section carries the name Clive Sullivan Way, and was named after the rugby player Clive Sullivan, being originally titled the South Docks Road.

A section of the A63 forms part of the unsigned Euroroute E20.

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