The Strand in Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, c Google Earth

Liverpool City Council has appointed AECOM to produce designs for phase two of the Strand's revamp. Credit: Google Earth

Liverpool awards phase two design contract for £5m Strand revamp

AECOM has been tasked with delivering designs for the next stage of a scheme aiming to revitalise a major route through the city centre.

A review is to be undertaken of the A5052 / A5036 Strand from the junction with Leeds Street and Great Howard Street to Sefton Street and Parliament Street, stretching 1.4 miles.

The scheme focuses on improving active travel provision while maintaining capacity and journey times for general traffic.

Liverpool City Council’s corporate director for neighborhoods and housing has made a delegated decision to opt for AECOM to deliver the modeling and concept design having set an evaluation criteria divided into 60% quality, 30% cost, and 10% social value.

The value of the phase two design contract is £126,000 drawn from an allocated budget of £450,000 within the approved capital programme. The overall Strand upgrade is estimated to cost just over £5m.

This has been detailed in a report produced by the council’s interim divisional manager for transport and highways which can be viewed on the council’s website.

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Ah, ‘active travel’ – the dream of persuading people in a wet and windy city to cycle to work, thereby ensuring they arrive at the office dirty, sweaty and looking like they’ve just returned from Glastonbury. Good luck with that.

By Anonymous

I use my bike for work so all good and by the way you can buy waterproofs and stay looking very trim indeed.

By Anonymous

Who knew that Phase one was going to create a “poor environment”?
How was that signed off as value for money?

By Anonymous

In addition something needs to be done with Sefton Street down to Brunswick Station. The road surface is not great
and some landscaping would he be great. Meanwhile the council should be attracting reliable developers to build more residential fronting the road near the station which is a great asset.

By Anonymous

Always moaning !!!!!!!!
You could build the Statue Of Liberty in Liverpool they would still moan.

By Anonymous

Active travel is a positive but it’s strange how Merseyrail trains get clogged with huge bikes, owned by people who you’d think would be cycling instead of causing nuisance for people travelling by rail.

By Anonymous

Phase one is anything but a “poor environment”.

May I remind you of the high kerbs that once ran through the middle, the transformation of the space next to the Liver Building which is now a wonderful place to sit and socialise, lots of trees, the wonderful benches and artwork which celebrate our cities rich history, the safe cycle track for children to use without fear of being ran over…

I would say it’s far from “poor” and showcases that Liverpool are taking active travel seriously and long may it continue.

By Meredith

How about you consult some professional drivers from in and around the city, these are the drivers who sit in GRIDLOCK everyday because the last improvements happened against all advise offered.
Ease the traffic flow across the city centre OPEN Lime St. Every motor vehicle is using Copperas Hill to leave the city centre, causing GRID LOCK, Ranleigh St, Charlotte St, and Lime St leading on to Copperas Hill. MADNESS.

By Anonymous

The whole purpose of this is to encourage you to use your bike or public transport and stop being lazy like the UK is .

By Anonymous

The same narrow minded comments apply to all active travel schemes.
As someone else said, they are just lazy folk, usually who have been brought up too entitled to allow others to use the road safely.

By Anonymous

When I joined Merseyside County Council highways department in 1976, the proposed road scheme between Great Howard Street and Parliament Street was a 6 lane elevated motorway viaduct. The Albert Dock was derelict and only Church Street was closed to vehicles. Dualling the route helped Liverpool One, the Albert Dock and South Docks developments. The road layout may need modifying but I am proud of the changes we made.

By Mike Hodgkinson

How about vertical grade separation? One way tunnel then on top a one way road allowing access to the side streets. Half’s the width of the road, eliminates traffic flow conflicts and makes land available for other transport modes or low density waterfront development (e.g shacks, pedestrian shelters, art installations).

By Watcherzero

1976 – nearly 50 years ago. Did you design roads based on 1926 driving habits when you were working in 1976? In fact, if we go far back enough, we could probably date the roads back to when cars weren’t even invented.

By Anonymous

So people who don’t want to turn up to work sweaty, dirty and scruffy are ‘lazy’, eh? Ad hominem attacks: the last refuge of someone who’s lost an argument.

By More Anonymous than the others

“All advice offered”… what advice was that?

The measure of improvement is not just the time is takes to get from A to B? The council actually did a lot of work to demonstrate the impact from the improvements on the Strand.

But like I say, improvement of air quality through having trees planted, improvement of safety for cyclists, improvement of spaces to hold social events or general day to day gathering, improvement of the pavements with beautiful stone blocks, benches to sit in and admire the Iconic Graces!

But of course, all of this is bad and wasn’t worth any of it. In your view we should have scrapped such improvements, tagged a few extra lanes on and made sure you can scoot around quicker!

Such narrow minded comments. We should be celebrating this scheme and others just like it.

By Meredith

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