• Fri. May 20th, 2022

Parts of Liverpool city center are set to be turned upside down as part of council plans

An overhaul of key parts of Liverpool city center could see the creation of new green spaces, cycle lanes and better roads.

Liverpool City Council is expected to receive support from the City Region’s Combined Authority to help develop a range of active travel schemes in the city centre.

Due to be approved by cabinet next week, the move will see Liverpool Council receive £671,085 for program development with a further £324,662 to help further promote walking and cycling in the city.

The funding comes from a successful bid by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which received £37.5million from the Department of Upgrading, Housing and Communities’ leveling fund.

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The funding will be used to develop projects including St George’s Gateway in the heart of the city centre, expanding Dock Road cycling facilities and developments in the Ropewalks area – starting at Bold Street.

£70,000 of the funds will also be used to drive forward the Upper Central Masterplan, a key scheme which aims to provide better connectivity from the city center to the growing Knowledge Quarter and encompassing the village of Paddington.

According to a council report, accepting the funding will allow the council to “design road infrastructure that supports and promotes more active travel”.

It adds that it will also seek to fill “the gaps in our existing infrastructure, but will also provide much-needed funding to promote active travel and support behavior change”.

£154,000 of the funding will go towards a development study for the St George’s Gateway arm of the projects.

Funds will be used to finalize active travel designs for Bold Street

The study will examine a range of possible options for the project, including modifications to the exit from the Queensway Tunnel and the possibility of further improvements to the public realm and green spaces within the footprint left by the removal of the structures of overflight.

The proposals could also see the restoration of the historic obelisk that was erected when the Queensway Tunnel opened.

Other changes to the St George’s Gateway scheme would be to improve level crossings and install separate cycle lanes along Byrom Street and James Street.

The funding would also be used to finalize a design for Bold Street after the original scheme for the Liverpool Without Walls scheme required revision.

Approval of all funding is expected to be decided at the city’s next cabinet meeting on March 5.