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Demolition of Liverpool flyovers could begin in September

The flyovers behind historic William Brown Street Credit: Liverpool City Council

Demolition of two flyovers in Liverpool city centre could begin this September.

A report to Liverpool City Council's cabinet next Friday is seeking permission to remove the 50-year-old structures in a phased demolition which would be completed by the end of the year.

It will cost £6.75m.

The two-lane, concrete highways were closed at the end of September 2018 after construction flaws were discovered.

An inspection concluded that multiple, significant defects could not be reversed and it would cost the council £7.2m just to maintain the structure, with no traffic allowed, for the remaining 20 years of its lifespan.

The proposed demolition includes the removal of the associated footbridges and would see the installation of a temporary footbridge over Hunter Street and minor highway improvements to address current traffic issues in the area.

Liverpool City Council's highways team say they will develop a detailed proposal to improve connectivity in the area and a masterplan will be created to manage the land released by the demolition.

The Churchill Way flyovers were opened in 1970 as part of a city centre inner ring road scheme that was later abandoned.

"The Churchill Way flyovers are a relic of a cancelled highways plan from half a century ago and given the overwhelming weight of evidence against their safety, their removal is now the only viable option."

– Cllr James Noakes, Cabinet Member for Highways