Road scheme wins major award

An innovative road scheme which includes revolutionary traffic signals to help cyclists has won a top engineering award.

The scheme on Leeds Street has won the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation North West Regional award for Best Practice Project of the Year. It was also commended for Transportation Project of the year.

Liverpool City Council, Amey and King Construction worked collaboratively on  the £3.5m  scheme, aimed at creating a better and safer environment for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to move around the scheme.

It involved improved transport links, by removing pinch points at junctions. The scheme was funded by the Regional Growth Fund and included road resurfacing, LED street lighting, the regeneration of the public realm and innovative traffic and cycle signals

Signals at the junctions with Vauxhall Road and Pall Mall  help cyclists beat traffic by giving them a five second head start on other vehicles. ThermiCam detectors use sensors to detect cyclists and distinguish them from other vehicles, meaning the advance lights are not used when there are no cyclists, avoiding delays to other road users.

Nick Kavanagh , the City Council’s Director of Regeneration, said: “This is a highly imaginative scheme which has improved the environment for all road users and this award is very well merited.”