Work starts on Liverpool’s second pop-up cycle route

Liverpool City Council says the new four-and-half-mile route will connect one of the city’s best-known parks with the city centre. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool City Council has started work on its second pop-up cycle route


Work has started on installing Liverpool’s second pop-up cycle route as part of a £4m programme.

The city council has already installed the first route, connecting West Derby Road and Kensington to the city centre. The second will run from Sefton Park Road via Kingsley Road, Crown Street and Hall Lane before ending at the Royal Hospital in the city centre.

The temporary four-and-half-mile route is one of seven across the city which will create a 65 mile long network. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. The seven routes are:

  • Route 1 – West Derby Road – Kensington – city south.
  • Route 2 – Sefton Park to city centre –Sefton Park perimeter – Sefton Park Road – Kingsley Road – Crown Street – Hall Lane – University Hospital.
  • Route 3 – Liverpool Loop North: Bootle New Strand – Bank Hall – Vauxhall – city centre.
  • Route 4 – LCWIP North:  East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – city centre.
  • Route 5 – LCWIP East: East Prescot Road – University Hospital – London Road – city centre.
  • Route 6 – LCWIP South (University Route): Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – city centre.
  • Route 7 – Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – city centre.

The city council’s cabinet recently approved a £4m fund to create the segregated pop-up cycle lanes, which will be phased in over the coming weeks and months as a response to the Covid-19 impact on people’s travel plans.

READ MORE: Simon O’Brien says pop-up lanes are ‘chance of a lifetime’

A key aim of Liverpool’s new pop-up routes is to connect people to the city’s permanent cycle network Funding for the pop-up cycle lanes is to be sourced from the council’s highways investment programme and via the Active Travel Grant established by the Department of Transport.

A further £100,000 has been identified to invest in upgrading infrastructure for Liverpool’s existing CityBike hire scheme.

Simon O’Brien, Liverpool’s Cycling Commissioner, said: “These pop-up cycle lanes are going to allow everyone to have a real choice of how to get around Liverpool. It’s also an amazing opportunity to test out the permanent network of cycle lanes that the Mayor has asked me to help create in the next few years.

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