£5m second phase of Strand works will bring 'major changes'

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The redevelopment of one of the major routes through Liverpool city centre has taken a significant step forward after being put on hold.

After securing the right to stage the Eurovision Song Contest last year, Liverpool Council put a halt on additional upgrades to the Strand. The first stage of the multi-million pound revamp from Bath Street to James Street was finalised in November 2021 after work began in June 2020.

Now, after initially being pushed back to last July, a review of the designs for the second stage has moved a step closer with the local authority appointing a contractor to assess the scheme.

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Before the completion of the first phase, the Strand had remained largely unchanged since the 1950s. It had been expected on completion of the first section, the second phase of the £22m project would begin by spring 2023.

The £5m works will include major changes to Strand between James Street junction and Liver Street. These will be the continuation of segregated cycle lanes, new traffic signal equipment at all junctions, road markings and traffic signs, LED street lights, street trees, drainage improvements and carriageway resurfacing.

As part of the first phase, a lane was removed in both directions as well as a number of junctions. A new segregated two-way cycle lane was put in place as well as new seating and the planting of more than 80 trees.

It had been thought work on the second stage would begin last summer following the hosting of Eurovision. In the register of delegated decisions made by council officers, a consultant has been appointed to undertake a review of the 1.4 mile stretch, prepare traffic modelling and concept designs.

Concept design is undertaken before next steps of preliminary and detailed design. The second phase will include retention of the bus lane on the southbound carriageway between James Street and Liverpool ONE Bus and Coach Station with either two lanes or three-lanes for general traffic.

A segregated cycle track will also be put in place between James Street and Liver Street on the western side of the Strand. Once the concept design and modelling work is complete, the consultants with support from the council will undertake a stakeholder engagement exercise.

The delegated decision report said: “The Strand Phase 2 will also aim for ‘Collective action to improve local air quality’. The delivery of The Strand corridor will support the aims of the Liverpool Clean Air Plan to ensure that levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter are better than the statutory legal limits by promoting the switch away from polluting vehicles to active travel for shorter journeys.”

The consultancy contract was awarded to AECOM Limited for £125,964 after being completed on June 17.

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