New funding of £85 million is set to be spent on major roads and transport schemes in Liverpool over the next four years.
A report to the city council’s Cabinet on Friday 20 March outlines plans for:
• A new city centre ‘connectivity’ scheme including new and improved signage and lighting, dedicated coach parking, more priority for pedestrians and cyclists and a review of bus routes to reduce delays (to be delivered from 2017-2019)
• Making the Strand more pedestrian friendly to make it easier for residents and visitors to access the waterfront by improving crossings and routes for cycles and people on foot (to be delivered in 2018-2019)
• Completing the upgrade of the A565 north Liverpool corridor to improve the flow of traffic and make Regent Road more pedestrian and cycle friendly (to be delivered from 2016-2019)
• Improving the pedestrian routes in and around Lime Street (Parker Street/Elliot Street) including links to the St John’s and Clayton Square shopping centres which are currently undergoing major refurbishments (to be delivered from 2015-2017)
• Upgrading the Tunnel Road/Earle Road junction so there are pedestrian crossings for each route and upgrading the pedestrian crossing on Tunnel Road so it can accommodate cyclists (to be delivered in 2015-2016)
• Installing a pedestrian and cycle crossing and shared cycle/footway to connect Everton Park to Prince Edwin Street as part of Project Jennifer as well as east-west cycle links and crossings on Great Homer Street and Scotland Road (to be delivered in 2015-2016)
• Upgrading crossings and installing bus priority measures on the A57 around the Knowledge Quarter as well as road resurfacing and public transport infrastructure improvements (to be delivered from 2015-2017)
• A bid for funding to replace the bridge on the A565 at Great Howard Street to enable it to operate without a weight limit, and new lighting and drainage on the A59 linking the city with the M57 and M58 (to be delivered from 2015-2018)
This funding is separate and in addition to the £80 million of the council’s own money being spent over the next eight years tackling the historic backlog of highways repairs in the city.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are a growing city which is absolutely fantastic, but that means we need to invest in our infrastructure so we are able to handle the increasing amount of businesses, freight and people travelling to and through Liverpool.
“Our proposals are aimed at improving those key routes and areas which are busiest so that we can keep Liverpool moving and compete with other cities.
“We are also to balance the competing needs of pedestrians, cyclists and traffic, for example by installing better pedestrian crossings, including some where both cyclists and people on foot can cross safely.”
In addition, the Commercial District (BID) and the city council will spend a total of £1.4 million resurfacing and improving footpaths and street furniture on Old Hall Street, Bixteth Street, Edmund Street, North John Street, Eberle Street and Leather Lane over the next 12 months, with £500k of improvements to Water Street taking place the following year.
Jim Gill, Chairman of Liverpool’s Commercial District BID, which represents more than 900 businesses, said: “This multi-million investment in the public realm of the Commercial District has been a major priority for the BID Company and we welcome the city council’s support in this programme.
“We look forward to seeing the results and building on these improvements to further enhance the appeal of the Commercial District as the place to do business in Liverpool.”
Money for the projects is coming from the Growth Deal (£51 million); the Highways Challenge Fund (£16 million) and the STEP fund (£4.2 million), supplemented by £12 million of local authority cash and £900k from the Commercial District BID.
The Cabinet will be asked to accept the funding at its meeting.