The full length of Bold Street could be pedestrianised as part of plans to boost the “emerging café culture and music scene” in the Ropewalks.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne says the proposals have the potential to cement the city centre thoroughfare as “one of the most dynamic in Britain”.
Improved seating and lighting, the planting of new trees and increased safety are also part of Liverpool City Council’s Ropewalks STEP Scheme, which will be split into two phases.
Funding of £4.5 million has been secured for phase one (Bold Street and Seel Street) which is part of Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP).
The council is also looking to reverse the one-way traffic system on Seel Street, running from Gradwell Street to Berry Street, and close off Seel Street between Colquitt Street and Slater Street in the evening.
Meanwhile the roads and pavements of Wood Street, Fleet Street, Slater Street and Colquitt Street could also be replaced with “high quality alternatives” as part of phase two.
The council says the aim of the proposals is to reduce the amount of traffic collisions, improve the connections to and around the Ropewalks, and support and help attract future investment.
Cllr O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, says: “Bold Street and the Ropewalks area in general has transformed in the past 10 years as the edgy bohemian heart of Liverpool led by a new wave of creative, independent businesses.
“Both the daytime and night time economies in this part of the city centre has flourished and created new demands in terms of traffic and the time has come to provide some solutions.
“The business community, their customers, residents, visitors have all been talking about the need for a safer, greener and more user friendly street and I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure the funds to begin delivering that.”
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram adds: “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 the council’s wider £300m Better Roads programme, which also includes a new city centre connectivity scheme that will begin this autumn and will see a reshaping of Lime Street and Queen Square and Paradise Street bus stations, with the introduction of a new city centre bus hub.
A public consultation event on the Ropewalks proposals is being held on 19 March in The Box at FACT, 88 Wood St, from 2pm to 8pm.
Once the consultation is complete and the plans have been approved, it’s anticipated the works will begin on phase one in January 2019 and be completed by November.