A month-long public consultation on a proposed £45m raft of transport improvements is to be launched in Liverpool this Thursday 6 October.
The Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) scheme comprises eight projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve the general environment of the city. The projects are:
St George’s Plateau: new event space to be created by reclaiming northbound lanes of Lime Street, increasing current event capacity.
The Strand: New four lane highway, new north-south cycleway, enhanced animation of public space and road enhancements to improve pedestrian links from waterfront to the Commercial District and main retail area.
New City Bus Hub: to be established near Queen Square bus station accompanied by a new bus routing strategy that will cut congestion and pollution.
New City Coach Park, location to be confirmed: new off-street layover facility and rest area for drivers and reduce congestion in the city centre.
New Canning Dock Bridges: four new bridges will be created to link Salthouse Quay (opposite Albert Dock) with Mann Island, opening up land for future development.
New Moorfields entrance: upgrade to the public realm on Moorfields to enhance the quality of arrival in the Commercial District from the station.
Brownlow Hill: Upgraded public realm and new cycle links from Lime Street station to the growing Knowledge Quarter.
Victoria Street/Tithebarn Street: Public realm upgrades plus the introduction of a two-way cycleway between Lime Street and the waterfront via Hatton Garden and Tithebarn Street.
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration at Liverpool City Council, said: “Our city centre ‘welcome’ needs a major upgrade to the standard befitting a world class city.
“With a growing residential population, a huge rise in visitor numbers and £10bn of major developments in the pipeline, how we navigate around the city needs a radical re-think in key locations.”
The consultation includes an online survey open until 6 November and a four-day roadshow starting on 11 October. Businesses are invited to have their say, either at a Liverpool BID Company event on 6 October or at a seminar held by Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce on 10 October.