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Contractors appointed for road improvements

Liverpool City Council has appointed three contractors to deliver a £35m Highways Improvement Programme (HIP).

The council’s Highways and Transportation team and their delivery partners are now progressing with the upgrade of more than 100 roads through the HIP.

The improvement works, funded from a mix of sources including the city council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Department of Transport, will see the delivery of:

•           39 schemes in the north of the city – delivered by Dowhigh

•           33 schemes in the central district of the city – delivered by Huyton Asphalt Civils

•           36 schemes in the south of the city – delivered by Colas

The data-led programme has divided the city across three areas – north, central and south – with a priority criteria which classifies highways schemes into two categories – simple and complex.

A simple scheme will be deemed one that only requires a maintenance intervention and of relatively small scale and complexity. These simple schemes will generally be the first to be delivered on site and the local communities will be informed in advance.

A complex scheme is classed as one that is subject to additional interventions/design considerations, such as active travel, and changes to the traffic regulation order. Consequently these will be delivered at a later stage in the programme, where again local communities and key stakeholders will be informed as they progress through design to site.

This new approach has been developed in response to criticism from the Best Value report last year on how investment in highways had been managed.

The delivery of the HIP has also been designed to ensure the schedule of works will minimise impact in any one area, avoiding clashes with longer terms schemes already in place.

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