Liverpool completes £5m Ropewalks upgrades
Graham Construction has wrapped its work for the city council, replacing the existing footway and carriageways in the district and installing new street lighting, bollards, bins, and street furniture.
The £5m revamp of Fleet Street, Colquitt Street, Back Colquitt Street, and Ropewalks Square followed similar work taking place at Wood Street and Slater Street. These projects concluded in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Cllr Dan Barrington, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for climate change and highways, explained why improving Ropewalks’ infrastructure had become a priority.
“Due to the nature of the narrow roads and the sheer volume of people and traffic attracted to the area, congestion, air pollution, and road safety have become big issues and the council has been looking at ways to improve the experience, especially for pedestrians and cyclists,” Barrington said.
“Now completed, the Ropewalks District has the high-quality public realm it deserves, and it will be a safer, more accessible and more pleasant experience for all concerned.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority provided a £5m grant to support the Ropewalks works. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said that the completion of the project would ensure Ropewalks “has the proper infrastructure in place to keep growing its reputation as one of the most vibrant and creative hotspots in the city”.
Liverpool City Council is also upgrading more than 29 roads as part of its latest Highways Investment Programme phase. This £11m phase includes improvements to Priory Road, Townsend Lane, Princess Drive, Finch Lane, Alderfield Drive, and Alder Wood Avenue.
Contract Dowhigh is leading on ten projects situated in the northern part of the city, while Huyton Asphalt Civils is working on 11 located in the central area. Tarmac Trading is in charge of eight projects in the southern part of the city.
The first phase of HIP had a price tag of £19m and saw improvement made to Altcross Road, Bull Lane, Larkfield Road, Aigburth Vale, Banks Road, and Mersey Road.