Liverpool’s “dock road” is to close for four weeks from Monday, 12 November to enable vital works to take place to support the city’s new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, located at Liverpool Waters.
The Waterloo Road/Regent Road corridor is to be closed in both directions from the junction at Paisley Street through to Blackstone Street in the heart of north Liverpool’s Ten Streets District.
The closure will enable contractors – Osborne – to install underground utility and drainage works for the new £7.6m waterfront link road which is being built for the forthcoming Isle of Man Ferry Terminal at Princes Dock and to support the construction of new residential developments now on site in Peel Land and Property’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.
Traffic heading into and out of the city centre will be diverted to use parallel routes such as Great Howard Street/Derby Road (A565), Scotland Road (A59) and Stanley Road and Great Homer Street.
Traffic signs will be advising commuters that the best access to the Costco site will be from Great Howard Street. Access for residents and businesses in the area will be maintained.
The works will also allow Osborne to undertake essential works associated with the North Liverpool Key Corridor project, such as the widening of the pavement.
The contract for the new Isle of Man ferry link road has been funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Single Investment Fund.
This new road is part of the second phase of the wider £45m Liverpool city centre connectivity scheme which is a key element of Liverpool City Council’s £500m Better Roads programme to invest in the city’s highways network.
A second new link road will also be built to provide a connection between the existing Bath Street/Princes Parade/Waterloo Road junction and the new signalised junction at Leeds Street/Great Howard Street (A565).
The new junction on Great Howard Street is part of a major £32m revamp to make it a full dual carriageway – including a new bridge which opened last September. The latest phase – a four-week programme of utility works which closed access to the road at various points is now complete and the road will re-open in both directions on Monday.
This overall investment package of highways improvements in the North Liverpool area is worth more than £100m and is seen as crucial to the development of surrounding major regeneration schemes such as the Ten Streets creativity district and Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool Waters.
Councillor James Noakes, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “There is a huge amount of investment going into the highways infrastructure around the North Liverpool corridor which is a fantastic sign of the amazing economic changes this area is undergoing.
“However, such is the complexity and sheer scale of the works being undertaken it is unavoidable that this will not have an impact on commuters. Great Howard Street and Waterloo Road are vital arteries for the city centre but the problem we have is that they have been neglected for decades and we need to ensure they are not just fit for now, but for the rest of this century.
“The developments planned along Liverpool Waters and Ten Streets district be it Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, the Cruise Terminal, Liverpool 2 Port or Everton’s proposed new stadium are all going to have a huge, long-lasting impact on the economic prosperity of the north of the city creating thousands of new jobs and we need to get the infrastructure right – it is the bedrock upon which everything else works.
“So yes, naturally we can only apologies to commuters for this short term pain but there is no doubt about the long term gain these roadworks will deliver.”