A £4m public realm improvement project on Old Hall Street and Dale Street in central Liverpool will start in March 2010 following public consultation.
The scheme has been awarded funding from the North West Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund and the Local Transport Plan.
Liverpool City Council will repave and resurface the length of Dale Street and sections of Old Hall Street, providing access improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
The work on Old Hall Street will include the removal of all unnecessary signs and street furniture such as bins or poles, landscaping with tree planting where possible and the extension of high quality pavements. Junctions at Union Street and Brook Street will be redesigned to enhance pedestrian crossings, while improvements will also be made to the Leeds Street entrance into the commercial district.
Vehicles using Crosshall Street and the Churchill Way South flyover will continue to do so and travel along Dale Street. However, it is proposed that the traffic that currently moves alongside the flyover onto Dale Street will only be able to turn right on to Hatton Garden. This is subject to further consultation and consideration.
If the traffic closure is introduced, it will allow for the creation of a large pedestrian space outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court to increase safety. A reduction in vehicle numbers along Dale Street would further improve road safety, enhance air quality, reduce noise pollution and create a more reliable and accessible public transport network.
Dale Street will become a two-lane highway with parking, bus stops and servicing on the south side of the road. The entire street will be resurfaced and the pavements repaved with granite, as used in Williamson Square and Church Street.
More than £20m has been spent delivering Liverpool's city centre movement strategy in recent years with wholesale changes to layout and traffic flow.
- A public exhibition of the planned works will be held at the Town Hall for businesses, residents and members of the general public on Thursday 28 January between 9am and 2pm and on Friday 29 January between 9am and 5pm.