Liverpool City Region to build six new cycling and walking routes

Credit: Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region has announced that work on six new walking and cycling routes across all six of its boroughs will begin this week.

The combined authority hope to have the work completed by the end of the summer, helping people to travel more safely and observe social distancing whilst doing so.

Leaders say that 6 in 10 people have said that they expect to walk and cycle more as lockdown measures are eased across the region.

The schemes first being built by the combined authority are:

  • Halton: Segregated cycle lanes for Hough Green town centre

  • Knowsley: Traffic calming measures for safe walking and cycling in Kirkby town centre

  • Liverpool: Segregated cycle route between Liverpool city centre and Bootle town centre

  • Sefton: Cycle route through Southport town centre, segregated cycle route from Bootle town centre to Liverpool city centre

  • St Helens: Upgrade of cycle routes through Clock Face and on Chester Lane

  • Wirral: New segregated cycle lane on Fender Lane and upgrade of existing A4 cycle lane

  • Liverpool City Region-wide: Extra bike storage at new cycle hubs

Work will be done in all six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region. Credit: Liverpool City Region

Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: "Since I was elected I’ve been working hard to deliver a walking and cycling revolution across our region, with 600km of new and upgraded routes being delivered over the next few years.

"The Coronavirus pandemic has seen lots of people getting back on their bikes and we’re doing all that we can to make it as safe and enjoyable for them as possible."

The new routes will be funded by almost £2million of funding that has been awarded to the region from the government's emergency active travel fund.