Multi-million pound Ropewalks road revamp complete

A multi-million pound project to revamp key areas in one of Liverpool’s night time hotspots has been completed.

A major makeover of the city’s historic Ropewalks District across four streets has come to an end following a £5m investment from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s strategic investment fund. Liverpool Council used the cash to upgrade Fleet Street, Colquitt Street, Back Colquitt Street and Ropewalks Square, leading to FACT.

Works included the replacement of all existing footway and carriageway surfaces, along with the installation of new street furniture, bins, bollards and street lighting.

The programme marked the second phase of highways enhancements to the Ropewalks District after the council implemented improvements to Wood Street and Slater Street in 2021 and 2022.

Due to the historic nature of the rope-making industry, the area is characterised by long narrow streets each running parallel to each other – which in turn has led to congestion and safety issues – as the Ropewalks District developed into a cultural and creative centre.

This second phase of improvements began in February and were partially suspended in April and May when the city hosted the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

The council’s transportation and highways team and their delivery partners are now progressing with the upgrade of more than 29 roads, through an £11m eco-friendly maintenance programme.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said, “Sometimes our region’s streets can offer us a rare glimpse into our past and the communities we’ve inherited them from. Ropeworks is one of those places that has retained its own distinct industrial identity, and we want to protect that character and heritage for years to come.

“The investment we’ve made has helped to make our streets more accessible, cleaner and safer for everyone and ensure it has the proper infrastructure in place to keep growing its reputation as one of the most vibrant and creative hotspots in the city.

“This investment simply wouldn’t have been possible without devolution – it’s helping us to transform parts of our communities for the better.”

Councillor Dan Barrington, Liverpool Council cabinet member for climate change and highways, added, “The Ropewalks District has developed over the past decade into a hugely popular destination and is now a vital engine in Liverpool’s creative and night-time economies.

“Due to the nature of the narrow roads and the sheer volume of people and traffic attracted to the area, congestion, air pollution and road safety have become big issues and the Council has been looking at ways to improve the experience, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Now completed, the Ropewalks District has the high-quality public realm it deserves, and it will be a safer, more accessible and more pleasant experience for all concerned. On behalf of the council, I’d like to thank all the stakeholders, residents, business, and visitors for their patience throughout this scheme.”


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