Headlines: The Strand will fully reopen to traffic later this month after more than year of road works

The Strand will fully reopen to drivers in October - plus, a large fire rages at a city centre nightclub building and Liverpool appoints a new legal chief.

The Strand is finally set to fully reopen to traffic later this month as more than a year of disruptive roadworks comes to an end.

The busy road on Liverpool’s waterfront is one of the key parts of a major overhaul of the city centre’s road network.

The major revamp of The Strand has been underway since June last year but it may feel like a lot longer for anyone who has regularly had to sit in traffic jams.

The Strand – which runs past the historic Royal Albert Docks, Liverpool ONE and Three Graces – has been undergoing a £22m eco-friendly redesign to improve air quality.

It’s poor safety record, with four fatalities in the past two years, is also being addressed with the creation of wider pavements and shorter pedestrian crossings.

What date will The Strand reopen fully to drivers?

A report to the members of the council’s climate change and environment select committee set the date as 20 October.

The report added: “After this date there may be some remedial works that need to be carried out, but these should not affect vehicular traffic and this will take about two weeks.

At the south end of the scheme, the cycleway will continue temporarily as shared use to Royal Albert Dock on the footway and this will be installed on 18/19 October, weather permitting.

“The temporary cycleway at the north end near Bath Street is being designed.”

Large fire rages in Liverpool city centre

Firefighters have been in attendance after a building fire on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill in Liverpool City Centre.

Crews were at the scene from the early hours of Monday morning.

Residents and businesses nearby were advised to close their windows and doors and road closures have been in place.

Merseyside Police arrested a man following suspected arson.

Liverpool appoints new legal chief

Liverpool City Council is set to welcome a new City Solicitor. Daniel Fenwick is joining the council at the end of the year.

He will also take on the role of Liverpool’s statutory Monitoring Officer, and will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of conduct from council members and officers.

Fenwick said:“I am excited and privileged to be joining Liverpool City Council at this important time. I will do everything I can to help deliver the ambitious programme of improvements in governance across the council.

“I know Liverpool is a city that has not stood still in recent years. Despite the challenges it faced, it is very much looking to the future with a strong plan in place to become a fairer city with more equal opportunities for its residents.”