Changes to city route to include cycle lane

Motorists could face a change on one of the main routes into Liverpool city centre to accommodate a permanent cycle lane.

As part of its plans to expand active travel routes across the city, Liverpool Council’s cabinet has signed off on plans to install a fully segregated cycle lane between Caledonia Street and link to the existing route on Princes Avenue.

To do so, it is proposed to prohibit vehicles making right turns onto Upper Parliament Street from Catharine Street and Princes Road.

The authority is to make an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) to monitor the scheme for six months ahead of it becoming a lasting operation.

Liverpool Council was awarded almost £2m to deliver several permanent versions of the pop-up cycle lanes that were introduced during Covid through a transport settlement secured through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

In adopting the permanent cycle route, signal upgrades would also be made at both the Canning Street and Upper Parliament Street junctions to make them more active travel friendly.

According to a cabinet report, removing right-turn manoeuvers at both points would “reduce conflicting turning movements and improve traffic flow while also accommodating the extended active travel corridor.” A data collection exercise said the impact of the proposals “is expected to be minimal.”

The report outlined how during the morning peak period, 71 vehicles turned from Princes Road while just 22 did so from Catharine Street between 8am and 9am. It added, “The amount of alternative route choices available for vehicles within the existing network to reassign their journey would comfortably absorb the diverted traffic from these turning movements.”

In order to monitor the effect of these changes, they will be introduced by way of an experimental traffic order which allow the public and other stakeholders to comment on the changes in the light of their actual experience of them. If no outstanding objections are received during the consultation period then officers will take a decision to consider whether to make the measures permanent.

The proposed ETRO will last initially for a six-month consultation period while public and stakeholder perception and opinion is collated followed by a period of up to 12 months during which a decision will be made as to whether the ETRO should be withdrawn, amended or made permanent. The existing left turn prohibition from Upper Parliament Street into Catharine Street is unaffected by the proposed measures.

An additional pop-up cycle lane in the Baltic Triangle area is also being amended to make use easier for cyclists. The Jamaica/Grafton and Parliament Street junction is to be upgraded for active travel users along with a segregated cycle lane on the approach to the junction on Grafton Street.

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