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ROADWORKS: The Strand set to reopen next month

ROADWORKS: The Strand set to reopen next month

Drivers have faced disruption to their journeys since the work started, Image: Google Maps

The Strand is set to reopen next month as more than a year of roadworks come to an end.

The road is one of the key parts of a major overhaul of the city centre’s road network, with a huge revamp on the road having been underway since June last year.

Drivers have faced disruption to their journeys since that time as work takes place to reduce the number of vehicle lanes, install a new cycle path and introduce a range of improvements on the road like greater tree coverage.

An update to members of the council’s climate change and environment select committee confirmed that the Strand is now set to reopen fully to drivers on October 20.

The report said that while there may be some minor work that will still need completing after this date, traffic should not be affected.

The report said: “This scheme is nearing completion and should be fully open to traffic from 20 October 2021. After this date there may be some remedial works that need to be carried out, but these should not affect vehicular traffic and this will takeabout two weeks.

“At the south end of the scheme, the cycleway will continue temporarily as shared use to Royal Albert Dock on the footway and this will be installed on 18/19 October, weather permitting. The temporary cycleway at the north end near Bath Street is being designed.”

Work on other parts of the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme is at different stages.

Another major element of the scheme, on and around Lime Street, is due to finish early next year, while roadworks on Tithebarn Street will start once the Strand revamp is completed.

The council began the scheme with the aim of making the city centre less dominated by cars, however it has faced a number of criticisms and is now running £13m over budget.

 

Words: Local Democracy Reporter


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