WORK is underway on 23km of new walking and cycling routes across the Liverpool City Region – including new biking routes through Southport town centre.
Most of the schemes are scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer, making it easier and safer for people to travel by foot or bike across the city region.
The 23km of new pop-up cycle lanes and expanded footpaths will be supplemented by traffic calming measures and new secure bike storage.
Since late March, there has been a surge in people cycling and walking for daily exercise and essential journeys, with six in 10 respondents telling a Combined Authority survey that they expected to walk and cycle more, even as lockdown measures are eased.
The new infrastructure will enable people to travel more safely and will connect key locations like hospitals, workplaces and town centres as well as rail and bus stations.
Schemes to be built with the first allocation of funding include a cycle route through Southport town centre and a Bootle to Liverpool city centre route. Increased funding has also been earmarked for cycle training and repairs as well as bike loan and grant schemes to help more people out of cars and public transport and onto bikes. The new routes are being funded by money from the government’s Emergency Active Travel fund awarded to the Liverpool City Region. The Combined Authority has worked closely with local councils to allocate the funding for the new pop-up routes.
Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services said: “Our vision is a confident and connected borough, where people can enjoy the use of many cycle and walking friendly routes, where we all work together to keep Sefton clean and green with a commitment to low pollution and better air quality.
“The Emergency Active Travel Fund will allow us to make changes to two routes in Sefton, one in Southport and one in Bootle which will encourage cycling and walking and make significant improvements to our streets to enable people to use cars less and move around in a different way.
“We want to encourage people to use active forms of travel by increasing the opportunity for people to walk or cycle, in line with the Council’s commitments to improving Health and Wellbeing and tackling Climate Change.”
As part of its Liveable Streets initiative, Sefton Council is aiming to identify streets and places which need changes to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle.
The north/south route in Southport town centre will involve the following roads: Queens Road, Hoghton Street; Chapel Street, Tulketh Street and Wesley Street; Talbot Street (Eastbank Street to Portland Street); Talbot Street/Eastbank Street junction – a temporary traffic management trial will be undertaken to prohibit the exit from Talbot street onto Eastbank Street in the form of a road closure across the exit lane only.
Talbot Street (Portland Street to Duke Street); Talbot Street (Duke Street to Belmont Street).
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