Work on a multi-million pound scheme to make Liverpool city centre easier to navigate for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is to begin in the new year.
The Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) project will focus on re-engineering routes from the city’s commercial sector through to its retail and knowledge districts.
GRAHAM Construction will get work underway in January with completion expected at the end of October 2019.
The first phase of the LCCC scheme will include the widening of pavements, removal of bus layovers as well as tree planting and new public realm features on Victoria Street, running from North John Street to the Queensway Tunnel.
Other elements of this first package will see a new bus hub on Old Haymarket, improvement works to Brownlow Hill, Tithebarn Street and Moorfields, and an expanded coach park on Riverside Drive.
Councillor James Noakes, Liverpool city council’s cabinet member for highways, says: “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.’’
The remaining packages of the LCCC scheme will see a remodelling of Lime Street and The Strand, as well as the introduction of new bridges from Royal Albert Dock to Canning Dock to enhance the visitor experience at the city’s museums and World Heritage site.