Liverpool City Council is looking to pedestrianise the full length of Bold Street, to encourage the café culture and music scene in the Ropewalks area of the city centre.
The scheme will be split into two phases. The first phase will include Bold Street and Seel Street, and phase two will move to Wood Street, Fleet Street, Slater Street, and Colquitt Street.
Funding of £4.5m has been secured for the first stage, from the Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package, with £3m provided from the Local Growth Fund and £1.5m coming from section 106 contributions.
As part of the Ropewalks proposals there could be new and improved seating and lighting, planting new trees and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The council is also looking to reverse the one-way traffic system on Seel Street, running from Gradwell Street to Berry Street and losing Seel Street between Colquitt Street and Slater Street at night time.
According to the council, the aim of the proposals is to reduce the amount of traffic collisions, improve the connections to and around this area of the city centre, and support and help attract future investment.
The city council is holding a public consultation event on the proposals on Monday 19 March in The Box at FACT, 88 Wood St, from 2pm to 8pm.
Cllr Ann O’Byrne, deputy Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Bold Street and the Ropewalks area in general has transformed in the past 10 years as the edgy bohemian heart of Liverpool led by a new wave of creative, independent businesses.
“Both the daytime and night time economies in this part of the city centre has flourished and created new demands in terms of traffic and the time has come to provide some solutions.
“Pedestrianising the full length of Bold Street has the potential to cement this amazingly colourful, vibrant street as one of the most dynamic in Britain.”
Once consultation is complete and the Ropewalks plans have been approved, it is anticipated the works will begin on phase one in January 2019 and be completed by November.