A MONTH-LONG public consultation on a multi-million pound transport revamp of Liverpool city centre will be launched this week (on Thursday, 6 October). The £45m scheme includes eight major projects that will transform how people move around the city centre by foot, bike, car, coach and bus. Key elements include a major extension of St George’s Plateau on Lime Street and reducing The Strand from an eight to a four lane, tree lined highway with a cycle lane connecting the north and south of the city. An online survey to gain feedback has been created by Liverpool City Council who will also be hosting a four-day public roadshow from Tuesday, 11 October. The survey will go live Thursday and be available until midnight on Sunday, 6 November and can be found at http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/lccconnectivity Businesses are also encouraged to provide feedback and Liverpool BID Company will be holding a Business Breakfast Briefing on Thursday, 6 October at 9am in Aloft Liverpool, and a further presentation to businesses will be held at special seminar of the travel and transport forum on Monday, 10 October in Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce, on Old Hall Street, from 12-2pm. The Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme (LCCC) has been designed to achieve a major reduction in congestion by creating a new hub for buses to park and layover in, which will reduce bus traffic, and the repositioning of Queen Square bus station for all northbound routes and Paradise Street station for all southbound routes. Liverpool’s first dedicated coach park is also planned to accommodate the boom in coach visitors to the city centre, which last year equated to 160,000 more tourists than those who arrived via the cruise terminal. Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “’Our city centre welcome needs a major upgrade to the standard befitting a world class city. ‘’With a growing residential population, a huge rise in visitors and £10bn of major developments in the pipeline, how we navigate around it needs a radical rethink in key locations and some major improvements. ‘’Each of these projects will open up a new world of possibilities to further accelerate the future growth of Liverpool and the wider city region. “This scheme will make a huge difference to how everyone will move around the city centre which is why we want to hear as many views as possible, be they pedestrians, cyclists or motorists.’’ To be completed before the end of 2019, the proposed eight LCCC projects are:
- St George’s Plateau – New Event Space: To be created by reclaiming northbound lanes of Lime Street increasing current event capacity.
- The Strand: New four lane highway, new north-south cycleway, enhanced animation of public space and road enhancements to improve pedestrian links from waterfront to the Commercial District and main retail area.
- New City Bus Hub: To be established near Queen Square bus station accompanied by a new bus routing strategy that will cut congestion and pollution.
- New City Coach Park (location TBC): New off-street layover facility and rest area for drivers and reduce congestion in the city centre.
- New Canning Dock Bridges: Four new bridges will be created to link Salthouse Quay (opposite Albert Dock) with Mann Island opening up land for future development.
- New Moorfields entrance: Upgrade to the public realm on Moorfields to enhance the quality of arrival in the Commercial District from the station.
- Brownlow Hill: Upgraded public realm and new cycle links from Lime Street station to the Knowledge Quarter, which is undergoing a £1bn renaissance.
- Victoria Street/ Tithebarn Street: Will see public realm upgrades plus introduction of new two-way cycleway from Lime Street station to the waterfront via Hatton Garden and Tithebarn Street.