Public consultation into Baltic Triangle highways scheme

Michael Hunt

A public consultation is being held this week over proposals for more than £2m worth of highways improvements to the Baltic Triangle area in Liverpool city centre.

The scheme funding is being sought from the North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund and will include improvements to the public realm and pavement areas on Park Road, Jamaica Street and Blundell Street, and an upgrade of Jamaica Street with a comprehensive new street design.

It follows the announcement of a £5.2m investment plan into the Baltic Triangle. The aim of the scheme is to improve access to the area and link it with the waterfront, Liverpool One and the Ropewalks areas.

The road layout will be altered on Jamaica Street with new parking bays, bus stops, cycle parking and widened pavements with new paving. Trees will be planted and energy efficient lighting will be installed on both Jamaica Street and Blundell Street.

Extensive consultation is taking place with local businesses to make sure that they are fully informed and their needs have all been taken into account as the proposals are being developed.

Cllr Peter Millea, Liverpool City Council's executive member for assets and development, said: "This demonstrates our joined up approach and commitment to improving the environment and facilities for all businesses in the Baltic Triangle. All businesses in this area will see some much needed improvements to the public realm and highway and we are continuing with our extensive consultation which is already receiving some very positive feedback."

The scheme is being designed by 2020 Liverpool. Work is due to begin at the end of February and beginning of March next year and will be completed by the end of the year.

The public consultation will take place at the Contemporary Urban Centre at 41 Greenland Street in the Baltic Triangle area on Thursday 12 November.

Representatives from Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and staff from 2020 Liverpool will be available from 8.30am to 7pm to explain the proposals and answer any questions about the scheme.

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