Public views on new cycle lanes wanted

A MAJOR public consultation has been launched to get views on improvements to three cycle routes in Liverpool.

Liverpool City Council is asking the public for their feedback on the proposed permanent lanes, which are located on the following routes:

  • East Lancashire Road to the city centre – from Norris Green to Breck Road and on to Everton Park.
  • Gateacre to the city centre – connecting up the university campuses through to the Knowledge Quarter.
  • Sefton Park to the city centre – connecting the Ropewalks to Baltic Triangle and on to Dingle and Aigburth.

The proposals are key to the city’s Active Travel programme and will also feature new and improved footpaths and pedestrian crossing facilities.

The measures being proposed set out to fill gaps in the existing network to overcome significant barriers to cycling.

Equating to some six kilometres of continuous cycle routes, these new lanes will also connect to other new routes such as the Princes Avenue cycleway in Toxteth and will complement schemes such as Lime Street in the city centre, which is celebrating the opening of Liverpool’s newest cycle lane today.

The six-week long consultation runs until Friday, 9 September with information and a feedback form available online at www.liverpool.gov.uk/consultation

As part of the consultation, the city council will be hosting events for the public to view the proposals and ask questions. The location and dates of these events will be published on www.liverpool.gov.uk/consultation.

This new £3m phase of the city’s Active Travel programme also includes improving 30 access points along the Liverpool Loop Line, which runs 16km through the city from Halewood to Aintree.

The city council has also developed designs for a new cycle training facility at Everton Park, as part of the British Cycling “places to ride” programme. This facility would be the first of its kind in the city, providing an artificial road network for children to understand how to navigate different types of junctions.

Funding for this new phase comes from the European Union, the Department for Transport, Liverpool City Region and planning contributions from the city council’s Section 106 fund.

Following the consultation, the proposed measures will be signed off by the council which will then issue a tender to procure contractors to carry out the schemes.

It is expected the works will be complete by Spring 2023.

Following completion, the city council will then begin the process of reviewing the three pop-up cycle routes that were created during the pandemic – West Derby Road, Vauxhall Road and Sefton Park.