Liverpool City Council to spend £85m on improving roads

The Strand in Liverpool Image copyright Google
Image caption The scheme will see The Strand made "more pedestrian friendly", a council spokesman said

Liverpool City Council is to spend £85m on balancing "the competing needs of pedestrians, cyclists and traffic" over the next four years.

The project will see a review of bus routes as well as new signs, lights and crossings added to several roads.

The Strand and the area around Lime Street station will also become "more pedestrian friendly", a spokesman said.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy said the scheme would benefit the busiest areas "so that we can keep Liverpool moving".

The project, which has mostly been funded by money from central government, is in addition to £80m the council is spending on tackling a backlog of road repairs.

The council spokesman said it will see:

  • A "city centre connectivity scheme" launched, which will offer "new signage and lighting, dedicated coach parking, more priority given to pedestrians and cyclists, and a review of bus routes"
  • The Strand being made "more pedestrian friendly"
  • Changes around Lime Street, including links to St John's and Clayton Square shopping centres
  • Upgrades to the Tunnel Road and Earle Road junction in the Baltic Triangle and the A565 north Liverpool corridor
  • Upgraded crossings and new bus priorities on the A57 in the city's Knowledge Quarter
  • A pedestrian and cycle crossing installed and a shared path built to link Everton Park to Prince Edwin Street

He said the council would also be bidding for funding to replace the bridge over the A565 at Great Howard Street and put in new lighting and drainage on the A59.

The public space in Liverpool's Commercial District is also set to be improved, at the cost of £1.4m, as part of the plans.

Mr Kennedy said the proposals were "aimed at improving those areas which are busiest so that we can keep Liverpool moving and compete with other cities".

They would also help "balance the competing needs of pedestrians, cyclists and traffic", he said.

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