An interactive map has been launched to allow people in Liverpool to discover when their road is being upgraded as part of a £500 million investment drive in the city’s highways network.
The new map, which outlines works on a 12 month rolling programme and will be regularly updated can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements. It will give residents and businesses data on the nature of the road repairs, how much it will cost and when and how long the upgrade will take.
The landmark investment – bolstered by a new £200m package of works approved at the Full Council meeting last night – is aimed at tacking the deteriorating quality of the city’s roads and is a response to Central Government cuts of £444 million to the council’s budget since 2010.
The new £200m package will 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
The bulk of this new investment will come from borrowing £185 million over 25 years at low interest rates, supported by savings generated by the council’s transformation plan and ‘Invest to Earn’ strategy, which generates income streams from commercialising council assets.
A recent peer review by the Local Government Association found Liverpool City Council had prudent levels of debt for one of the major ‘core cities’ and robust financial management processes in place.
The first roads to be repaired under the new £200m programme will be:
Cranmer St – L5
Saville Rd – L13
Monterrey Rd – L13
Glen Rd – L13
Allenby Sq/Rd – L13
Beatty Rd – L13
Beryl St – L13
Coral St – L13
Gourley St – L13
Springfield Way – L12
Berkley Ave – L12
Sheldon Road – L12
Rockwell Road – L12
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Everyone who drives around Liverpool – including me – knows that many of our roads are not fit for purpose and large scale investment is the only solution.
“We have constantly lobbied Government but their response to the issue of potholes and poor road surfaces in major cities – compared to motorways and major routes in mainly rural areas – has been a huge smack in the face to the economic engines of this country.
“High quality roads are the arteries of any modern, fast-growing city like Liverpool, and I am also concerned about the safety of road users and I don’t want to see anyone injured or killed due to weaving around potholes.
“This new interactive map is a great way for people to see where the works are taking place, when and what exactly is being done.”
Councillor James Noakes, Cabinet Member for Highways, added: “Addressing the state of our highways network is a fundamental necessity with the added bonus that it will create jobs as well as generating new apprenticeship opportunities.
“Clearly, the deteriorating state of our roads is a national problem, but to do nothing in Liverpool will simply see the cost of fixing our roads soar in future years and passporting this responsibility and cost would be a dereliction of duty .
“Better roads are needed for travelling to work, to education, to leisure opportunities and to see family no matter if you are walking, cycling, driving, jumping a taxi or taking the bus. It is vital for the city today and the city’s growth. This interactive map will be one more useful tool for residents and businesses to see what is happening and to make necessary changes in advance of works to reduce any inconvenience.”