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Liverpool City Council starts work on £4m active travel scheme

Liverpool City Council contractors have started work on a £4 million scheme to create new cycle and pedestrian paths on Princes Avenue and Road.

The works will include new toucan crossings, carriageway surface, drainage and footway improvements, as well as new seating, lighting, public artwork and the planting of 20 trees.

The scheme is part of Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) and the city council was successful in being awarded £1.925m from the STEP programme.

The remainder of the funding for its total plans will be provided through the council’s £500m Better Roads programme.

The STEP programme is part of the Local Growth Fund (LGF). Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.

Councillor Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “The Princes Avenue/Road scheme will help breathe new life into this area.

“It’s going to revive the most beautiful boulevard in the city and transform how the wider Toxteth community interact and use this reimagined space.

“We know the roads are much quieter than normal due to the current coronavirus restrictions which means there will be a much lower impact than usual.

“This is classed as essential works and we will be making sure that contractors abide by the rules around social distancing and PPE.”

The scheme is set to be completed in the summer.

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