Hull is nothing short of a UK front-runner for both digital connectivity and transport links.
The city is now pushing to be one of the UK’s leading smart cities. Citywide 4G coverage and affordable ultrafast fibre optic broadband is already available to a quarter of business and residents.
And Hull has some of the UK’s best international connections due to its location. A large amount of capital investment has meant the majority of homes and businesses in Hull now have access to full-fibre technology.
KCOM has invested £85 million in the project, with the telecoms firm set to roll out the technology to its 200,000 properties by March 2019. It will see businesses able to connect at one gigabit per second, while households enjoy download speeds of 250Mbps.
KCOM says the deployment will put the Hull area among the best-connected regions in the world.
Home-grown internet firm Connexin is building a state-of-the-art £5 million data centre designed to accelerate this push. The new CXNDC data centre will create new opportunities for local businesses and technology firms, bringing more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.
Hull's position as a major port city and its location near several major airports sees it benefits from some of the country's best international connections, while a £70 billion transport plan for the north of England is set to further reinforce its enviable position.
The 30-year Transport for the North plan, designed to balance the country's economy and drive economic growth between the ports of Hull and Liverpool, is already is under way.
The plan reveals a sustained investment programme in transport that could deliver a £100 billion boost to the north's economy and create 850,000 jobs.
For Hull, the plan will augment the city’s existing links to the UK, Europe and the world.
The M62 motorway, one of the main east-west routes in the north of England, connects Hull to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool and the M1. More than eight million vehicles cross the Humber Bridge annually, linking Hull to a growing economic area on the south bank of the Humber.
Seven direct rail services run to London from Hull Paragon Interchange, the city’s major transport hub, every day from Monday to Friday in as little as two hours and 40 minutes, meaning travelling to the capital is quick and easy. An hourly service connects the city to Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly and a twice-hourly service runs to Doncaster and Sheffield, with connections to the Midlands.
Hull serves as a gateway to Europe, with daily overnight ferry services from Hull to both Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, connecting passengers to major European motorway and rail networks. More than a million people and 12 million tonnes of cargo pass through the Port of Hull every year.
More than half of Hull residents live within a two-hour car journey of an international airport. Nearby Humberside Airport provides high-frequency flights to Amsterdam and Aberdeen, while Leeds Bradford Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, East Midlands and Manchester Airport are just a short drive away, easily connecting Hull to the world.