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Anfield high street set for a major upgrade

A public consultation will centre on a £4 million project to transform Anfield’s main high street, making it safer and greener for both locals and visitors.

Next week (Wednesday, May 22) Liverpool City Council will begin the consultation with three public events showcasing the proposed improvements to the main road and connecting streets leading to Liverpool FC’s famous stadium.

First started in 2014, this project is the most recent element of a £300 million investment programme in the Anfield area. More than 600 new and 500 renovated homes have been built over the last ten years, along with new shops, environmental street improvements, better community facilities, and stadium improvements.

The Council and AECOM are collaborating on the new High Street project, which has as its goal creating a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing public street scene with an emphasis on enhancing pedestrian movement and safety.

Upgrades to the public realm and highways along Walton Breck Road, Oakfield Road, Pulford Street, Back Rockfield Road, and Gilman Street will take front stage.

The present plans, which are still in the early stages of design, seek to enhance walking paths, widen footpaths, add new landscaping and public realm elements, and install new trees and underground bins.

A key proposal is to lower Walton Breck Road’s speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph between the junctions of Kemp Avenue and Blessington Road in order to improve pedestrian safety.

The highway element will also include improved carriageways and crossings, as well as new on-street and resident parking bays with a focus on rationalising car parking, bus stops, and taxi ranks.

And there’s a proposal to close access to Back Rockfield Road from Pulford Street, including a safe area for vehicles to turn around. 

Councillor Dan Barrington, Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity said: 

“The redevelopment of Anfield stadium has understandably received global attention, but the works to improve the surrounding community are more important in many ways.

“Creating a healthier, greener, safer and more visually appealing high street will have a major impact on the day-to-day quality of life of our residents in this community, who have already seen a lot of improvements over the past decade. 

“I hope everyone in the neighbourhood gets to visit our public consultation events and gives their feedback. Their views are vital to ensuring this scheme works and delivers long-lasting improvements to living in, working in and visiting Anfield.”

The outline designs will be on display at a trio of public drop-in events, at The Liverpool Lighthouse, Oakfield Road, L4 0U, on: 

  • Wednesday 22 May, 10am – 5.30pm 
  • Thursday 23 May, 1pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 12 June, 12pm – 5pm

The online consultation also goes live on 22 May and will be open for feedback until Friday, 14 June.

Feedback will help shaped the outline designs and a report to the Council’s cabinet will be submitted in the Autumn with a view to appointing a contractor to begin delivering the scheme next Spring.

  • Feedback from the public consultation about the future for Anfield Square, and a planned way forward will be publicised in the summer.

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