A scheme to “reinvigorate” Toxteth’s Princes Avenue and Road boulevard and include a new cycle path has been approved today (8 February).
Liverpool City Council cabinet members have agreed to award the contract for the £4 million project, which is due to start on site in the spring, to nmcn (formerly North Midland Construction).
A public consultation relating to junctions and access for buses will be held at the area’s Kuumba Imani Centre from 6pm on 26 February, and will inform how the work will be phased.
According to the council the scheme, which will include the installation of a 1km-long cycle path within the central reservation, will also lead to the creation of a new open space for community events and a market place.
The cycle path, which aims to improve connectivity between South Liverpool and the city centre, would also form an extension of a new ‘green corridor’ to Otterspool that’s due to be delivered in the next 12 months.
The URBAN Green UP project has £3.4m of EU funding to install and test three ‘green corridors’ across the city, which was a key recommendation in the local authority’s Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review.
Other proposed improvements to regenerate Princes Avenue and Road’s 18.5m-wide central reserve include new and improved pedestrian paths and toucan crossings, new trees and landscaped areas, new seating and lighting, the restoration of existing artwork and monuments, and a new public artwork to celebrate the history and people of Toxteth and Liverpool.
The scheme forms part of the Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) and the city council was successful in being awarded £1.925m from the STEP programme. The remainder of the funding will be provided through the council’s £500m Better Roads programme.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has welcomed the project, saying: “This is an exciting scheme which will reinvigorate an elegant boulevard, making it a more attractive place for people to spend time, while at the same time improving walking, cycling and public transport links.”
Geoff Poyzer, managing director of the highways division at nmcn, which is committed to providing apprenticeships and training opportunities through the contract, adds: “We are delighted to have secured this pivotal project to enhance this historic boulevard in the heart of Liverpool. The project will transform this part of the city by providing a high quality open space, new cycle track and displays of public art.”