New images showing a revamp to public spaces along Liverpool’s Lime Street have been revealed.
The CGI pictures reveal a new public square outside the city’s main train station and an expanded plateau outside St George’s Hall, ahead of an event this week.
The designs are central to the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) scheme, which will be the subject of a public information exercise at Central Library on Wednesday 12 December from 10am-6pm.
The wider £45 million LCCC project aims to reduce congestion in the city centre and transform how people move around central Liverpool, by foot, bike, car, coach and bus.
The proposed repositioning of Queen Square bus station for northbound bus routes and Liverpool ONE bus station for southbound bus routes will be underpinned by the redesign of Lime Street.
The widening of St George’s Plateau will see Lime Street reduced to a single carriageway for northbound traffic only with access into the city centre via St John’s Lane.
A new hub for buses to park and layover in is also proposed to cut back on congestion, with an application expected to be heard by the planning committee on 8 January.
A water feature at the southern end of St George’s Plateau, which lies within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, is now included in the Lime Street designs and a proposed dedicated cycle lane will no longer feature in the scheme following feedback from a public consultation into the project last year.
The revamp of the area will also connect to the improvement works carried out by Ion Developments Ltd, with a widened, boulevard-style pavement running the entire length up to the Adelphi Hotel, which sits within the Knowledge Quarter Gateway.
Councillor James Noakes, cabinet member for highways at Liverpool City Council, says: “A new public square outside Lime Street station and an expanded plateau at St George’s Hall will transform the experience of arriving in Liverpool and how people interact with arguably the UK’s greatest collection of iconic cultural venues.
“We’ve made some minor changes to the design as a result of the original public consultation but these plans for Lime Street cannot be taken in isolation. They are key to the wider transformation of how the city centre functions in the future.
“This redesign of Lime Street is critical to the proposed new bus hub and changes to Queen Square bus station, both of which will ultimately create a cleaner, greener city centre for everyone to enjoy.”
Elsewhere in the city centre, phase one of the LCCC scheme is due get underway in January with the removal of bus layovers and more tree planting and new public realm features on Victoria Street, which will create wider footways and options for street cafés.
Improvements to footways and the introduction of new trees to enhance the area around Moorfields station are due to start at the same time, with the phase moving to other parts of Liverpool city centre throughout 2019.
The widening of St George’s Plateau is due to begin in early 2020.