Liverpool’s “dock road” is to reopen on Monday, 10 December after a month long closure to enable vital works to support the city’s new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, located at Liverpool Waters.
The Waterloo Road/Regent Road corridor will reopen in both directions from 6am now that underground utility and drainage works for the new £7.6m waterfront link road have been installed.
The link road is being built to service 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.
From Monday the parallel route on Great Howard Street/Derby Road (A565) will be reduced to a single lane in both directions to allow the scheme’s contractor, Osborne, to continue the next phase of a £22m project to create a full dual carriageway from Bootle to Liverpool city centre and the upgrade of Waterloo and Regent Road.
The temporary lane closures on the A565 will be:
- Great Howard Street, single lane running in either direction between Bentinck Street and Chadwick Street
- Derby Road, single lane running in either direction between Millers Bridge and Bankfield Street
This new dual carriageway and dock road works, which will complete in Autumn 2019, are just one of four highways schemes allowed to continue in the run up to Christmas after Liverpool City Council suspended all non-essential roadworks until the New Year.
The north Liverpool corridor scheme has been funded by the Local Growth Fund (LGF). Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.
This overall investment package of road improvements in the north Liverpool area is worth more than £100m and is a key element of Liverpool City Council’s £500m Better Roads programme to invest in the city’s highways network.
The works are also 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: “The North Liverpool corridor is a hugely complex highways scheme involving an immense amount of engineering works on two major roads at the same time.
“To ensure traffic flows this scheme can only be carried out by a phased approach which means some weeks there are full road closures and some weeks just lane closures.
“We really appreciate the patience of motorists as these essential works are carried out and fortunately there are other alternative routes. Of course, schemes of this nature cause disruption but the long term gains of this investment in north Liverpool’s infrastructure are going to help redefine our city’s economic future.”
Liverpool City Council recently boosted its Better Roads programme with a £200m package to be invested over the next five years across three main elements:
- £160 million in road reconstruction
- £25 million in resurfacing and patching work
- £15 million specifically earmarked for addressing potholes
To assist residents, commuters and business to track road works an online map, which highlights current and planned road repairs, can be found at : https://liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements
For more information visit: www.liverpool.gov.uk/betterroads