A new stretch of road linking the M62 and Edge Lane with Liverpool city centre is to be built after the final piece of funding was approved.
The £15m Hall Road project has been awarded a £1.5m investment from the Northwest European Regional Development (ERDF) programme. The grant follows funding guarantees from Liverpool City Council, the Department for Transport and other local agencies.
The scheme will tackle high levels of congestion into the city centre, as well as improving conditions for public transport users, walkers and cyclists through the construction of a new section of highway on a north south axis and the replacement of the gyratory currently negotiated by inbound traffic.
The scheme, which aims to reduce congestion on the route by 11% by December 2011, involves:
- The construction of 1.46km of road upgrade to create a strategic gateway entrance point to the city
- 0.8km of new road surface
- The creation of a new bus lane
- Improved pedestrian surfaces
- To plant 300 semi mature trees by December 2011.
Cllr Peter Millea, Liverpool City Council executive member for assets and development, said: "The Hall Lane scheme is a vital step in the regeneration of the city centre. It will remove one of the worst bottlenecks in the region and it will produce a much better environment for the neighbourhood which will be welcomed by local residents who have suffered from the congestion in this area for too long."
In October, Birse Civils won the contract to widen and improve the adjacent stretch of Edge Lane, which runs into Hall Lane.