The city’s intention to establish seven pop-up cycling routes remains on course to attract Government support, with tweaks made to the routes as further funding is sought.
A report that will go before Liverpool City Council’s regeneration and sustainability select committee next week outlines the progress made so far in establishing the pop-up routes, following Mayor Joe Anderson’s commitment to supporting 60 miles of routes.
Funding for the programme comes locally, with Andeson doubling down on an earlier pledge by committing up to £4m of LCC backing; and nationally, with the Department for Transport asking for active travel scheme bids.
Three of Liverpool’s seven routes are now established, with alterations to layout and design ongoing. Monitoring equipment is being installed: Vivacity cameras are in place on West Derby Road and will soon be put it on Liverpool Loop North.
The team led by highways manager Jayne Black is currently awaiting the outcome of its bid and allocation of Tranche 2 funding, so that it can progress the other routes, with a target delivery of early 2021.
Council officers have secured £290,000 from the first tranche of the DfT’s Emergency Active Fund to implement one of the routes, and an announcement is expected shortly on a further bid of £1.85m to implement three of the remaining four.
A “small pot of funding” has been secured for cycle parking at schools that have expressed interest, and the Liveable Streets Liverpool platform used to build up data on what people want to see delivered and where – Black’s report says that the implementation of the first route, undertaken in a hurry amid the first, pressured phase of lockdown, showed that a more consultative approach is preferable.
The list of routes in full is below, with the completed routes towards the top:
- Route 1. West Derby Road – Kensington – City South
- Route 2. Sefton Park to City Centre – Sefton Park perimeter – Sefton Park Road
- Route 3. Liverpool Loop North: Bootle New Strand – Bank Hall – Vauxhall – City Centre
- Route 4. East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – City Centre
- Route 5. East Prescot Road – University Hospital – London Road – City Centre
- Route 6. University Route: Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – City Centre
- Route 7. Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – City Centre.