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£2.2m Queens Drive works completed

Work is about to be completed on a major £2.2 million scheme to upgrade Queens Drive in Liverpool.

The project to revamp a 6km stretch of the six-lane dual carriageway – between Townsend Avenue and East Prescot Road – ends tomorrow afternoon (Friday 21 September). The work has included extensive carriageway resurfacing, junction improvements and the replacement of street lighting.

The significant city council investment – which has brought essential improvements to one of the city’s important strategic corridors – has been carried out in four phases, to minimise delays as much as possible.

However, some disruption has been inevitable, and the city council is thanking businesses for the patience they have shown since the scheme began in July.

The council is also urging shoppers who may have stayed away from shops in the area in recent months – including Old Swan District Centre, Green Lane, West Derby Road, Millbank and Prescot Road to return to the area, support local businesses and make the most of the new and improved road.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said: “These improvements to Queens Drive are long overdue, so I’m delighted we have delivered a fantastic new road surface which should stand the test of time.

“We have worked really hard throughout this scheme to minimise disruption, keep the traffic flowing and update local people, motorists and businesses on progress. Inevitably there has been some disruption, but some short term pain has been necessary to deliver the long term gain.

“I would like to thank businesses for their patience. I know there have had been some knock-on effects for traders, but now this vital work is complete, businesses will reap the benefits for many years to come.”

Traffic management measures were in place throughout the duration of the works. Traffic was full contra-flow to allow work on each carriageway to completed, with the road reduced to a single lane in each direction. A dedicated traffic officer was on-site 24-hours-a-day to provide access to residential and business properties.

The city council has also worked closely with Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs to make sure the works caused the least possible disruption to travelling football fans. Traffic management measures were completely removed on days of football matches to help with the traffic flow.

Information boards were put in place and variable message signs activated at key locations to advise about the work. All local residents and businesses were informed by letter about work taking place before the start of each phase.

The contractor for the works was Tarmac and Enterprise Liverpool managed the project.

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