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Non-urgent highways works suspended for Christmas

December 4, 2018

Liverpool City Council has suspended all non-urgent highways works to support businesses and shoppers in the run up to the festive season.

With the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors gearing up for their busiest time of year – many firms make a third of their profits over the Christmas and New Year period – the city council has moved to minimise the number of roadworks to reduce the impact on deliveries and journeys.

The announcement follows the recent introduction of a new utilities scheme which requires water, gas, electricity and telecommunications firms, as well as building contractors, wanting to excavate roads and pavements to secure a permit before starting work.

Last year, there were 11,800 roadworks scheduled by utilities across the city, but contractors were only required to inform the council of the work that they were carrying out, giving the local authority limited powers to control activity.

The permit scheme and Christmas suspension is part of a wider strategy to ensure work is better co-ordinated, planned and managed, reducing disruption and delays for drivers and other road users, as the city council undertakes a £500m investment drive to improve Liverpool's highways infrastructure under its Better Roads programme.

For this year's Christmas period only four essential schemes to the city's network will remain on site. They are:

Meanwhile the Churchill Way Flyovers, which connect Lime Street to Dale Street in the city centre, will remain closed whilst the city council awaits an initial report on a series of engineering surveys into the safety of the structure.

Councillor James Noakes, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "Christmas is the busiest time for most businesses, their employees and customers and every year we try to minimise disruption on our highways to ensure the smooth running of deliveries and journeys at this critical period.

"It's important the city council can support businesses in this way as well as all those making important drives to visit friends and families over the festive season.

"Of course, some works are too critical to our network to be stalled but every effort is being made on those to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

"A huge amount of money is being invested in our highways because we need to ensure the city's infrastructure is fit for the future. When this festive suspension is lifted there will be a significant amount of activity on our roads that will shape this city's growth for the next 25 years and this new utilities permit scheme will be of immense value to our highways engineers in planning these works."

The Parliament Street and Horrocks Avenue schemes are part of a £200m boost to Liverpool City Council's Better Roads programme, which is being invested over the next five years across three main elements:

To assist residents, commuters and business to track road works an online map, which highlights current and planned road repairs over the next 12 months and can be found at: https://liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements