A £2m support package to help Liverpool recover from the impact of coronavirus has been given the green light.

The announcement comes as Liverpool City Council currently undertakes a £45m redesign of the city centre, which has seen the widening of street pavements on key routes into the city, as well as the installation of the permanent cycle lanes.

The package will build on the existing works in place as the council looks at how best to support people returning to work in certain sectors.

The plans include the capacity to install more cycle lanes of up to 100km which will be temporary. While new street furniture will be installed to enable people to socialise safely at distance, and ease the way for pavement cafes to operate once restrictions are lifted.

Two key corridors have already been identified for pop-up cycle lanes and will be introduced by this weekend.

Sefton Park Perimeter:

The route from Sefton Park - Aigburth Drive, across Ullet Road across Croxteth Road on to Sefton Park Road and along Lodge Lane. Across Upper Parliament Street junction and pick up cycle path on Smithdown Lane.

From Crown Street on to Oxford Street East. Left on to Mason Street to Irvine Street. Across Edge Lane on to Mount Vernon Green and on to Hall Lane finish.

West Derby Road Route:

West Derby Road (junction with Green Lane inbound and outbound), Rocky Lane, back along West Derby Road, left on to Farnworth Street right on to Kensington.

As well as the network of temporary cycle lanes, Mayor Joe Anderson is also looking at the temporary widening of pavements around transport hubs.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Credit: PA

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This £2m programme for temporary cycle lanes is just one step on the long road to recovery. Hopefully these measures will provide businesses and their workforce strong alternatives if they don’t want to use public transport and don’t have access to a car.

“But we need to look beyond the short term which is why I’m asking the public and stakeholders to come forward with their own ideas and suggestions to help shape our city’s future for the long term.”

The Mayor is inviting councillors, businesses and the public to come forward with ideas on how to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians around the city centre.