A £47m overhaul of roads in Liverpool city centre will start on Monday 4 February with contractor Graham kicking off works on Victoria Street through to the Queensway Tunnel.
The first phase of the wider Liverpool City Centre Connectivity scheme will see the contractor widen pavements, remove bus layovers, and improve public realm on a stretch of road between the tunnel and North John Street.
These works will run until November and are expected to improve access to the recently-completed Victoria Street car park and the Metquarter.
The first phase will also include improvements to Tithebarn Street and Moorfields, in a similar fashion to previously-delivered works to Castle Street and Bixteth Street, to improve pedestrian experience outside the Merseyrail stations. This will run from June to September.
Improved connections to the Knowledge Quarter Gateway are also set to get under way with works to Brownlow Hill, starting in April and completing in September next year, while a new city-centre bus hub on Old Haymarket will also be delivered.
This was due to be decided on by Liverpool’s planning committee earlier this month, but a decision was deferred.
Future phases of the LCCC will see a remodelling of Lime Street featuring a new events space, as well as the introduction of new bridges from Albert Dock to Canning Dock. These packages will complete by March 2020.
The project is being back by £38.4m from the Liverpool City Region’s Single Investment Fund with council match funding of £8.7m.
Cllr James Noakes, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The phenomenal growth of Liverpool city centre over the past two decades has created many new challenges and new opportunities.
“With a growing residential population, a huge rise in visitors and major developments now taking shape, how we navigate around the city centre needs a radical rethink in key locations and some major improvements.
“This new connectivity scheme addresses many of our current and future needs to improve the city centre welcome and provide an experience befitting a world class city.
“The beginning of phase one at Victoria Street signals a new chapter for how we use our city centre, which when fully completed will open up some exciting opportunities in our public realm and will redefine how everyone from residents, workers, shoppers, students and tourists can enjoy exploring and discovering this amazing city.”