Work is to get under way next week of resurfacing of one of Liverpool’s main commuter routes.
The Islington corridor -Erskine Street, Brunswick Road, Low Hill, Islington, New Islington between Everton Road and St Anne Street – is to be resurfaced and traffic signal work and improvements to the footpaths will also take place in a £2.7m scheme . This is part of an £80 million programme to improve Liverpool’s strategic highways network.
Resurfacing work will start at the junction of Everton Road and West Derby Road. All resurfacing will take place at night (between 7pm and 6am). There will also be a number of road closures and diversions will be in place. It is anticipated that the work will take about 11 weeks to complete. Associated traffic signal, drainage and footway works will take place during the day under off-peak lane restrictions.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport said: “Islington is a very important gateway route into the city centre with huge numbers travelling along it every day.
“Like many other major routes there has been a significant lack of investment in its condition over many decades – something we are determine to rectify on this and other roads.
“Road users have righty complained about the state of our highways and getting them to a high quality condition is an important factor in the regeneration of the city.
“The investment we are making in our highway network shows the importance we attach to ensuring the city has roads in a top quality condition.
“Inevitably with work of this nature there is unavoidable disruption but we are trying to minimise this by doing the carriageway resurfacing work at night-time and when it is complete the benefits will be there for all to see.”
The City Council is using capital resources such as borrowing and receipts from the sale of assets to fund the work. Capital resources cannot be spent on revenue costs of day-to day Council services such as salaries. Money spent on assets such as roads help to reduce the ongoing annual revenue maintenance costs of highways in future years.
Other roads included in the programme include the A59 Walton corridor (recently completed), Smithdown Road (from Gainsborough Road to Queens Drive) and Ullet Road (from Smithdown Road to Croxteth Gate)
The contractor for the Islington works in King Construction.