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Liverpool’s £500m roadwork plan mapped out

Friday July 20th, 2018

An interactive map has been launched to allow people in Liverpool to discover when their road is being upgraded as part of a £500 million investment drive in the city’s highways network (July 19th).Government Opportunities

The new map, which outlines works on a 12 month rolling programme and will be regularly updated can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements. It will give residents and businesses data on the nature of the road repairs, how much it will cost and when and how long the upgrade will take.

The landmark investment – bolstered by a new £200m package of works approved at the Full Council meeting last night – is aimed at tacking the deteriorating quality of the city’s roads and is a response to Central Government cuts of £444 million to the council’s budget since 2010.

The new £200m package will be invested over the next five years across three main elements:

  • £160 million in road reconstruction
  • £25 million in resurfacing and patching work
  • £15 million specifically earmarked for addressing potholes

The bulk of this new investment will come from borrowing £185 million over 25 years at low interest rates, supported by savings generated by the council’s transformation plan and ‘Invest to Earn’ strategy, which generates income streams from commercialising council assets.

A recent peer review by the Local Government Association found Liverpool City Council had prudent levels of debt for one of the major ‘core cities’ and robust financial management processes in place.
The first roads to be repaired under the new £200m programme will be:

  • Cranmer St – L5
  • Saville Rd – L13
  • Monterrey Rd – L13
  • Glen Rd – L13
  • Allenby Sq/Rd – L13
  • Beatty Rd – L13
  • Beryl St – L13
  • Coral St – L13
  • Gourley St – L13
  • Springfield Way – L12
  • Berkley Ave – L12
  • Sheldon Road – L12
  • Rockwell Road – L12

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Everyone who drives around Liverpool – including me – knows that many of our roads are not fit for purpose and large scale investment is the only solution.

“We have constantly lobbied Government but their response to the issue of potholes and poor road surfaces in major cities – compared to motorways and major routes in mainly rural areas – has been a huge smack in the face to the economic engines of this country.

“High quality roads are the arteries of any modern, fast-growing city like Liverpool, and I am also concerned about the safety of road users and I don’t want to see anyone injured or killed due to weaving around potholes.

“This new interactive map is a great way for people to see where the works are taking place, when and what exactly is being done.”

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