Almost £2 million of funding has been accepted by Liverpool Council to install new pop-up cycle lines around the city.
Members of the local authority’s cabinet gave the go-ahead to implement £1.9m to further advance active travel measures across the city.
The cash boost was made available through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) to support the process of relaxing travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, three new cycle lanes will be constructed covering the following routes:
- East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – City Centre – Connectivity spur along Great Homer Street.
- University Route: Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – City Centre – Connectivity spurs along Catherine St & Hardman St, Oxford Street and Greenbank Road.
- Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – City Centre – Connectivity spur along Woodend Road.
This is the second batch of cycle lanes installed across the city in total, with four routes already in place.
School Streets closures
Cabinet members also approved a proposal to introduce School Streets – closing sections of highways at selected times to allow school gates to be clear of traffic.
The scheme is funded through the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) of which Liverpool Council has received £90,000.
A further £80,000 in grant funding has been accepted from Sustrans, with Liverpool Council acting as lead authority for its administration.
A total of seven locations have been selected as part of the plan:
- Greenbank Primary School
- Much Woolton Catholic Primary School
- St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
- St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School
- St Mary’s CofE Primary School
- St Paul and St Timothy Catholic Junior and Infant School
Two of the seven locations will have point closures where the highway will be closed to vehicles 24 hours a day.
Other road closures near schools
All Saints Catholic Primary School in Anfield and Rice Lane Primary School will have full time road closures nearby to their locations while traffic calming measures are to be introduced at Mab Lane Primary School, Yew Tree.
18-month trial period
The project will be implemented through an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) which allows the council to test how each school street will operate over a period of 18 months and for residents and stakeholders to make representations as to whether the measures should become permanent.
The schools funded by EATF need to be fully implemented by March. The Sustrans funding can be expended in the 2022/23 financial year if required.
Successful introduction of the programme would assist the city in reaching its target of being Net Zero Carbon by 2030.