Big changes coming to Anfield as major £4m upgrades planned

The Kop at Anfield, on Walton Breck Road
The Kop at Anfield, on Walton Breck Road -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

The streets around Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium are set for a £4m upgrade.

Liverpool City Council plans to revamp streets including Oakfield Road and Walton Breck Road, in the shadow of the Reds' famous ground. The local authority will next week launch a public consultation, illustrating how the main road and connecting streets could be changed.

The focus will be on Walton Breck Road, Oakfield Road, Pulford Street, Back Rockfield Road and Gilman Street. The current proposals aim to improve walking routes, create wider footpaths, install new landscaping and public realm features, as well providing new trees and new underground bins.

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A key proposal is a suggested reduction in speed limit on Walton Breck Road from 30mph to 20mph, between the junctions of Blessington Road, and Kemp Avenue to improve safety for pedestrians. The highways element will also include new improved carriageways and crossings, as well as providing new on-street and resident parking bays with a focus on rationalising car parking, bus stops and taxi ranks.

Additionally, there is a proposal to close access to Back Rockfield Road from Pulford Street, including a safe area for vehicles to turn around.

This project is the latest element of the £300m investment programme in the Anfield area, which began in 2014. Over the past decade this has led to the creation of more than 600 new and 500 refurbished homes, work on Stanley Park, new shops, street works, improved community facilities and upgrades to the stadium itself.

Councillor Dan Barrington, cabinet member for transport and connectivity said: “The redevelopment of Anfield stadium has understandably received global attention, but the works to improve the surrounding community are more important in many ways.

“Creating a healthier, greener, safer and more visually appealing high street will have a major impact on the day-to-day quality of life of our residents in this community, who have already seen a lot of improvements over the past decade.

“I hope everyone in the neighbourhood gets to visit our public consultation events and gives their feedback. Their views are vital to ensuring this scheme works and delivers long-lasting improvements to living in, working in and visiting Anfield.”

Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for economy and growth, added: “Enhancing the public spaces along Oakfield Road and Walton Breck Road is a vital aspect and a longstanding goal of the Anfield regeneration programme.

“Importantly, these proposed improvements to the high street will connect various regeneration projects in the surrounding area.

“This investment will also provide a boost to the existing businesses and those looking to invest and grow here, and there’s more improvements to come once plans for Anfield Square are formalised.”

The outline designs will be on display at a trio of public drop-in events, at The Liverpool Lighthouse, Oakfield Road, L4 0U, on:

  • Wednesday 22 May, 10am - 5.30pm

  • Thursday 23 May, 1pm - 7pm

  • Wednesday 12 June, 12pm - 5pm

The online consultation also goes live on May 22 and will be open for feedback until June 14. Feedback will help shaped the outline designs and a report to the council’s cabinet will be submitted in the autumn, with a view to appointing a contractor to begin delivering the scheme next spring.

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