The council intends to pedestrianise the full length of Bold Street to boost the emerging café culture and music scene in the historic Ropewalks areas of the city.
The scheme will be split into two phases and funding of £4.5m has been secured for phase one, with £3m provided from the local growth fund and £1.5m coming from section 106 funds the council has collected from residential and commercial developments in the city centre.
As well as the pedestrianisation, the council is also looking to reverse the one-way traffic system on Seel Street, running from Gladwell Street to Berry Street, and close Seel Street between Colquitt Street and Slater Street at night time.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, deputy mayor of Liverpool, said that Bold Street and the Ropewalks area had been transformed in the last 10 years as the edgy, bohemian heart of Liverpool, led by a new wave of businesses.
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“Both the daytime and night-time economies in this part of the city centre [have] flourished and created new demands in terms of traffic and the time has come to provide some solutions.
“Pedestrianising the full length of Bold Street has the potential to cement this amazingly colourful, vibrant street as one of the most dynamic in Britain.”
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region metro mayor, added: “Bold Street is a superb example of an area given new life by the energy and entrepreneurialism that independent businesses bring and is one of the city region’s real success stories.
“As a combined authority, we are very happy to support these exciting plans, which will help Bold Street go from strength to strength, by making it an even more attractive place for people to visit and enjoy.”
The Ropewalks scheme is part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £300m better roads programme, which also includes a new city centre connectivity scheme, which will begin this autumn.
It is anticipated that once the Ropewalks plans have been approved, works will begin on phase one in January 2019, with completion earmarked for November that year.
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