Hull (often referred to as just Hull) is a large city with a
population of over a quarter of a million people. Located on the
banks of the Humber Estuary in the East Riding of Yorkshire,
Kingston Upon Hull is just a few miles from the North Sea.
During its history, Hull has operated as a market town and trading
hub in addition to being a military port for supplies and a fishing
centre. Hull suffered severe damage during World War II which saw
most of the centre rebuilt after the war ended.
These days, Hull is known as being a very busy sea port which
accounts for nearly 20% of the United Kingdom's imports. Several
industrial companies have offices or bases in Hull including Seven
Seas, British Petroleum and Smith & Nephew.
In recent years, Hull suffered particularly bad damage during the
flooding in June 2007. As much as 20% of the city's housing
experienced damage and 90 of the schools were affected. The
estimated damage to just the schools is thought to be as much as
Hull has excellent shopping options and houses three large shopping
centres; Prince's Quay, The Prospect Centre and, most recently, St
Stephens. These developments contain large brand name stores and
many smaller chains and outlets.
The retail industry in Hull has grown by a large proportion in
recent years which has culminated in The Quay West development that
will see the Price's Quay shopping centre extended further with
another 60 new shops planned for the area.
Students in the area can take advantage of the local university. The
University of Hull (formed over 70 years ago) has well over 15,000
students attending it. The university has strong links with Hull
York Medical School which is renowned for its work in training more
doctors under a government backed scheme. The University of Lincoln
also has a campus in Hull.
Transport links to Hull are very good. By road, the M62 motorway is
the most popular route and links Hull with Manchester, Liverpool and
Leeds. The motorway comes near to Hull and then joins the A63 dual
carriageway that arrives in the city.
The Humber Bridge is close to Hull and helps link the city to
southerly towns. The bridge is the fourth longest single-span bridge
in the world. There are several bus operators in Hull who operate
Park and Ride schemes and services to outer towns and villages.
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