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Some temporary cycle lanes in Liverpool to be made permanent

Liverpool City Council has announced that a trio of temporary cycle lanes in Liverpool, created during the pandemic, are set to be made permanent thanks to a multi-million-pound funding boost.

A report to Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet is recommending an allocation of £10.95m from the Active Travel England be accepted and invested in enhancing the three routes into fully segregated active travel corridors.

Some temporary cycle lanes in Liverpool to be made permanent

The designs for each scheme, which will not require the loss of any traffic lanes, were subject to a pubic consultation last Autumn with feedback largely supportive for the interventions.

The Cabinet report also shows that Active Travel England funding, which will be drawn down from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, has also been set aside for an upgrade to an existing cycle lane in Toxteth. 

If approved, the funding will be allocated to:

· Vauxhall Road route to Liverpool city centre – £1m to deliver upgrades to traffic signal-controlled junctions between Tithebarn Street and Boundary Street. Before work begins, a community consultation will be held to gain feedback on the details of the programme.

· West Derby Road route to Liverpool city centre – £4.9m secured to support delivery of a permanent active travel corridor between Low Hill and Tuebrook roundabout. 

· Sefton Park route to Liverpool city centre – £3m to upgrade the Aigburth Drive Gate and Croxteth Gate junctions and provide segregated cycle facilities between Sefton Park and Princes Avenue.

· Princes Avenue junction improvements – £2m to upgrade the Princes Avenue roundabout to a cycle-friendly junction with links to the previously completed Princes Avenue scheme and the proposed Croxteth Road upgrade forming part of the Sefton Park corridor.

Improvements on all four elements will include: 

  • Upgrades to footways to improve surfacing and provide pedestrian priority across side roads
  • New crossing facilities to remove barriers to movement
  • Consistent treatment for cycle lanes and their interaction with bus stops
  • Carriageway resurfacing, including drainage and street lighting improvements

It is anticipated contracts for each of the four schemes will be awarded by early Spring 2024, with work starting in Summer ‘24.

July is a big month for Liverpool’s Active Travel programme.

  • A year-long scheme to improve 30 access points along the Liverpool Loop Line, which runs 16km through the city from Halewood to Aintree, is set to complete.
  • A new cycle training facility at Everton Park, funded as part of the British Cycling “places to ride” programme, is to be officially opened next month. This facility is the first of its kind in the city, providing an artificial road network for children to understand how to navigate different types of junctions.
  • Liverpool City Council is also conducting a public consultation on a new permanent active travel corridor to Childwall. The consultation, which ends on 31 July, also features proposals for new and improved footways, pedestrian crossing facilities and landscaping.

Simon O’Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for Liverpool City Region, said: 

“It is fantastic to see this new funding being unlocked, to really help us push forward with our plans to help create a network of walking and cycling routes that befits the city.

“We’ve got some great active travel infrastructure, but we need to make sure it’s properly linked up so people feel confident that they can travel easily and safely by bike or on foot – that’s what this new funding will help to do. 

“The kind of schemes that will be delivered by this money give us an amazing opportunity to help change the way we think about travelling around our local area.”

Liverpool’s Active Travel programme is currently delivering six new permanent corridors, with the design brief for a further upgrade to The Strand in the city centre set to go out to tender later this summer.

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