New multi-million pound investment in walking and cycling throughout Liverpool city centre

Almost £13.5m is to be spent improving routes across the city after Liverpool Council approved the receipt of a grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA).

The funds are from the investment it received from the government’s Levelling Up fund.

Cllr Pam Thomas, Liverpool Council cabinet member for equality, diversity and inclusion, said the new scheme would provide an opportunity to ensure the environment is more accessible to disabled people.

A total of four schemes will be the subject of the grant funding, with the majority – £6.5m – to be spent in the Ropewalks area with improvements to pavements and roads by replacing the current carriageway and footway which have become broken, uneven and causing trip hazards due to poor construction, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The scheme also looks at improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the area and promoting active travel. More than £3.3m is to be spent on the first phase of a project to improve the St George’s Gateway around Dale Street and Great Crosshall Street, while a further £480,000 will be used to improve cycle facilities at Chapel Street and ensure a continuous segregated cycle lane connects new facilities at The Strand and Tithebarn Street.

A similar project is being undertaken on Dock Road, to the tune of £3m, and will address the cycle facilities disconnected at Waterloo Road and Regent Road. Cllr Thomas said the new and improved scheme would provide a lift to those with mobility and disability challenges.

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