The latest designs for a new look Lime Street have gone on display to the public today (7 March).
A two-day information exercise is underway in Liverpool, showcasing a proposed outdoor event space outside the landmark St George’s Hall as part of a multi-million pound regeneration programme.
Members of the public can visit sessions at Central Library today and No. 1 Mann Island tomorrow (8 March) between 10am and 6pm to view the Lime Street element of the wider £45 million Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) Scheme.
The Lime Street transformation, which will see St George’s Plateau widened and Lime Street reduced to a single carriageway with traffic redirected down St John’s Lane, is said to be central to phase one of the overall project and is due to begin in Spring 2019.
A new water feature at the southern end of the plateau, which lies within the city’s World Heritage Site, is also included in the plans.
The LCCC aims to boost transport links and enhance the city’s international appeal to investors, shoppers and tourists with its visitor economy, which is currently valued at £3.6 billion a year and expected to grow by 25% over the next 10 years.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, says: “Liverpool’s international appeal to visitors and investors has blossomed over the past decade and a widened St George’s Plateau is going to create a major new event space for the city.
‘’As well as enhancing a major gateway into the city this new scheme also addresses many of our current and future needs to improve the city centre welcome and provide an experience befitting a world class city.
‘’This first [LCCC] phase which will also create a new bus hub, a new coach park and upgrades to cycling and pedestrian routes from the Knowledge Quarter to the waterfront will open up a new world of possibilities for investors, event organisers and travel operators to further accelerate the future growth of the city centre and wider city region.”