A £32 million infrastructure scheme to handle the increasing freight from the Liverpool 2 deep water port could move a step closer this week.
During a Liverpool City Council cabinet meeting on Friday (5 February), members are recommended to reserve the right to compulsorily purchase land for the North Liverpool Key Corridors project, which links the city with Sefton.
The planned three-phase scheme, set to take place from May 2016 to 2019, will see the completion of a dual carriage way on the A565 on Great Howard Street/Derby Road, the replacement of a worn-out bridge beneath the A565 south of Chadwick Street and improvements to make Regent Road more pedestrian and cycle friendly.
The Department for Transport is providing £21.8m for the works, which will affect land on Great Howard Street and Derby Road which is mainly occupied by businesses as roads are widened and new junctions are created.
Liverpool City Council, which is providing £8.5m for the scheme along with £2m from Sefton Council, is already said to be consulting with businesses whose land would be needed for the work and would be affected by a compulsory purchase order (CPO), with compensation and assistance in finding alternative sites set to be offered.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, says: “We need to invest in our infrastructure so we are able to handle the increasing amount of businesses, freight and people travelling to and through Liverpool.
“This is especially important on this route due to the completion of the new Liverpool 2 deep water port which is absolutely critical to the future economic success of the city region and will help create and support many jobs.
“The work will remove a bottle neck on the A565 by making it dual carriageway along the entire route and also make it more attractive with improved paving and street lighting.
“We are in positive discussions with landowners along the route and hope to be able to reach agreement on relocation with them without resorting to a CPO.”
The first phase of work will see the bridge on Great Howard Street replaced, and an immediate three ton weight limit is being placed on it due to its poor structural condition prior to the scheme.
The roadworks will be structured to minimise the impact on remaining businesses and enable them to continue to trade while the improvements are being carried out.