Liverpool pop-up cycle lanes to become permanent

Work will begin this week to convert two pop-up cycle lanes in Liverpool into permanent active travel routes in £2m scheme. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool City Council is to make two pop-up cycle lanes permanent


Two south Liverpool pop-up cycle lanes are to be made permanent.

Liverpool City Council has appointed A E Yates to upgrade the pop-up lane on Crown Street, as well as create a new cycle lane along Catharine Street, between Caledonia Street and Upper Parliament Street.

This £2m scheme would see a fully segregated cycle lane on both sides of the carriageway on Catharine Street and connect cyclists to the segregated lanes on Princes Avenue, which is part of the route through Toxteth to Sefton Park.

Work on the Catharine Street / Crown Street scheme, which is a key element of the council’s Active Travel programme, will consist of the following:

  • New segregated cycle lane
  • New dropped kerbs and tactile paving
  • Carriageway reconstruction
  • New pedestrian crossing at Catharine Street/Canning Street junction
  • Road drainage works
  • Road markings

Works will also be undertaken to enhance a second pop-up cycle lane which runs through the city’s Baltic district and out to Otterspool Promenade, one of seven established during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work on both schemes, which are supported by Active Travel England’s Active Travel Fund 2 and the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, will take an estimated six months to complete, subject to weather conditions.

Construction will be undertaken between the hours of 8am to 5.30pm on weekdays only.

Signal upgrades will also be introduced at both the Canning Street and Upper Parliament Street junctions to make them more active travel friendly.

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Cllr Dan Barrington, Cabinet member for Transport at Liverpool City Council, said: “We want Liverpool to be a great cycling city, and to do that we need to provide the infrastructure that encourages people to get on their bike.

“This investment will enhance what was temporarily created during COVID and, crucially, will fill in the gaps to provide a seamless journey.

“There’s more to do, which is why we’re investing in more cycle lanes, but the jigsaw pieces are beginning to fall into place and over time all this work will have a huge impact on people’s health and Liverpool’s air quality in the long-term.”

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