CONTRACTOR COLLAPSE: Revamp of Lime Street urgently reviewed
Lime Street roadworks, Image: Google Maps
The entire revamp of Lime Street is to be “urgently reviewed” after the collapse of a contractor working on the scheme.
The council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and climate change Dan Barrington confirmed the move this evening, meaning a key section of a major revamp of the city centre’s roads could be redesigned.
NMCN, the principal contractor behind the multi-million pound redesign of one of the city’s key gateways, collapsed into administration yesterday.
It is the latest problem to hit the Lime Street redesign, which was mooted as a major improvement but has proved controversial, been subject to delays and run significantly over budget.
Speaking at this evening’s climate change and environment select committee, councillor Barrington, who was appointed after May’s local elections, said designs for the work had been agreed and contracts had signed for the work.
A number of councillors had raised concerns about the effect of the current designs on bus routes, with many residents saying it made the city centre less accessible.
Councillor Barrington said the collapse of NMCN “provided an opportunity to reflect on the design around Lime Street”, which has been questioned by numerous questions due to its effects on bus traffic.
His comments came after an emergency motion was submitted to the committee earlier today calling for a review.
He said: “I have asked our interim highways director to carry out an urgent review of the design for Lime Street.
“I believe members will have seen the emergency motion from councillor Laura Robertson Collins calling for a review.
“I would like to thank her for bringing that motion and I hope member of committee will suppoer that motion.”
Interim highways director Karen Agbabiaka said she had flagged a number of concerns about the scheme when she arrived in the summer and had been closely monitoring the situation since then.
It is not immediately clear how significant the impact of the review will be on the reopening of Lime Street, which was already due not to take place until 2022.
Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter
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