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Improvements around Lime Street will be delivered by 2020

Liverpool’s £47m highways revamp gets under way

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.”

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Victoria Street is one of Liverpool’s great hidden assets. This beautiful thoroughfare is at the heart of the old Victorian city. I trust the scheme will respect this whilst bringing back the ‘walkabilty’ to St. John’s Gardens and St. George’s Hall.

By Roscoe

Fantastic and much needed

By Dan

It will be interesting to see how the flow of traffic is affected by the narrowing of Lime Street and other routes, will they converge on other roads.It appears from some of the plans that crossing the city centre will become more difficult by car, I hope this is not the case as I believe this will have a detrimental on access and business’s there.Also has the much maligned Strand proposals been dropped now?

By Man on bicycle

Fantastic timing given that its been stated that roads beneath Churchill way flyovers will need to close in order to demolish them – no doubt we’ll be shafted with that once Victoria Rd works have kicked off.
Council running to their own agenda as usual

By Concerned Resident

Yep. They decide what they want to do, and they go and do it. The logic and priorities rarely seem to match those of the people who pay their wages (I would say vote them in, but the majority of the city is disenfranchised), and rarely seem to support the city growing as a city.

How does narrowing key roads and closing others to traffic help the city grow exactly? How can spending millions on paving be justified in places where people have simply asked for better crossings (ie from lime Street station) and when the new pavements they already have are so ruined by the way the place is managed?

And why despite the money spent do we get dead and/or spindly little trees plonked, which bring nothing to the public realm. Liverpool is being made ugly, by people who seem to think ugly is good (or good enough for us, at any rate).

St Johns market made over with their usual skill. Empty. Those grim looking units attached to their grim looking Victoria Street car park, developed with their usual skill. Empty (and sporting a “call 0161” number to call for interest, which speaks volumes).

But we’re supposed to accept they know what they’re doing with this, and it will all turn out amazingly…

I would like in the future, by a change in local government, for the various invoices for these works to be pored over, and sample matched, to ensure we’re getting what we’re being billed for.

Given the lack of input, control or accountability, I think there is something to be said for abolishing borough councils in cities and replacing them with mere corporations that empty the bins, do what they’re told and report to democratic city region level. The expensive layers that are supposed to provide democratic input are worthless here.

By Mike

Mike talking a lot of sense. LCC overstretch in areas way beyond their areas of competence and expertise. Crackpot schemes that drain money. Just clean the streets, fix the pot holes, empty the bins and look after the elderly and kids in need. Development? Leave to others who know best.

By John Smith

I think Liverpool forgets the Merseyside boroughs until it benefits them. It is time to abolish Merseyside and the LCR and let the boroughs work alone. The wealth is all going in one direction.

By Prenton Paul

How about putting in some infrastructure with public/private money to build an extension to the Merseyrail network out to the airport and have it linked up to the main line at south parkway.

Liverpool needs to develop its airport into a global base not just low cost carriers to Europe.

Most of Asia, including India and South America are growing at 5-7% per year with billions of people.
Anyone with any sense will be doing everything they can to attract some of that air traffic/business to liverpool.

So far we’ve seen Manchester Benifit from this approach- its time our leaders raised their eyes to global ambitions

By Stuart wood

It would be a great benefit to the public to see those wonderful,Victoria building clean up and used.Dale St has great building empty.What are the council thinking? No very interested in the future firbthat marvelous city.Tourtist enjoy visiting our city.Its very embarrassing to see all the litter around town.Kept our streets clean.I guess parent don’t teach there child respect anymore..Sad situation these days..

By H.McAllister

Everything is done for the benefit of the city.

Every where else gets ignored and this is why merseyside will one day cease to exist.

By Sea Monkey

Dear Stuart Wood: Exactly! And not a “business case” case should be made for it but an “economic case”. Economically (if not commercially) such an infrastructe investment would earn an economic return-on-investement within ten years, easy. I bet. Infrastructure investment is so bad in this country because nobody understands what “economic” means They think it means “an independent commercial business making a profit”. People’s brains are so addled with ‘free-market’ ideology, they have lost the power of thought.

By James Yates