Liverpool to get more pop-up cycle lanes from £2m funding

By Elliott Ryder

Plans to install new pop-up cycle lanes across the city are set to get the go ahead with funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

At next week’s Liverpool City Council cabinet meeting, approval will be sought to accept £1.9m of funds to be spent on short-term walking and cycling infrastructure.

The further Combined Authority funding follows on from an earlier part of the active travel scheme which saw pop-up cycle lanes installed at West Derby Road, Sefton Park and Commercial/Vauxhall Road.

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When the scheme was initially developed, seven lanes were proposed and the new round of funding will go towards installing a further three.

These new pop-up cycle lanes will cover:

- Route 4. East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – City Centre – Connectivity spur along Great Homer Street.

- Route 6. University Route: Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – City Centre – Connectivity spurs along Catherine St & Hardman St, Oxford Street and Greenbank Road.

- Route 7. Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – City Centre – Connectivity spur along Woodend Road.

The plans were originally drawn up to support the process of relaxing travel restrictions following lockdown, with the funding secured by the Combined Authority from the Department of Transport.

The provision of the pop-up cycle lanes has drawn a mixed reaction from road users in the city since they were first installed.

A council report says: “Routes 1, 2 and 3 were installed quickly on the carriageway using wands to separate cyclists from other traffic. However these have proved difficult to maintain and it is proposed to learn lessons from these routes.”

Route 1, West Derby Road, was controversially removed last July following complaints from local residents and councillors after claims it negatively impacted traffic flow within the area.

A new proposal for the route along West Derby Road has been put forward with residents able to share their views via consultation.

According to the council report, the implementation of pop-up cycle lanes was focused “on locking in the benefits from people cycling and walking more in the Covid-19 lockdown periods."

It added: “The provision of fully segregated cycle routes along key routes across the city will help to support the growth in cycling, helping to reduce congestion from private vehicles and improve air quality.

"Providing people with the opportunity to walk or cycle more for short journeys, which will help to reduce the CO2 emission and accelerate the transition to Net Zero Carbon by 2030.”

The proposals will go to cabinet for approval on January 21.

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