BID begins next phase of street makeover

Amey has started a 10-week improvement programme at Liverpool’s Bixteth Street, the second of six medieval streets in the city centre being improved as part of a £1.4m revamp.

Leather Lane, connecting Dale Street and Tithebarn Street, was the first of the streets to be upgraded earlier this summer.

The Commercial District BID has invested £900,000 in the two-year scheme, raised via the 1% BID levy on businesses, and this has been matched by Liverpool City Council which will invest a further £500,000 to upgrade Water Street in 2016.

Works include improving footways and kerbs, road resurfacing, street lighting and rationalising street furniture.

The four further streets to be upgraded are:

  • Old Hall Street – mid-October to early November
  • Edmund Street – 19 October to 4 January
  • North John Street – 11 January to 28 March
  • Eberle Street – 11 January to 4 April

The public realm programme is part of a wider four-year schedule of works across the city, which includes a city centre connectivity scheme to provide new and improved signage and lighting, dedicated coach parking, more priority for pedestrians and cyclists and a review of bus routes to reduce delays which will be delivered from 2017-2019.

Jim Gill, chairman of the Commercial District BID, which represents more than 850 businesses, said: “Upgrading the public realm is a critical part of a much wider programme to enhance the experience of the Commercial District and its appeal as the place to do business in Liverpool. Improving connectivity within the district, be it upgrading roads to improving broadband speeds, is a major goal of the BID as it will stimulate growth and investment and we’re delighted we have the support of the city council to help us achieve this.’’

The Liverpool BID Company is currently seeking ideas and suggestions from businesses on what they would like to see happen in the Commercial District over the next five years. The BID is drafting a business plan to develop the district up to 2021, and will be seeking a renewal ballot in March 2016.

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