Traffic management for James Street improvement works
this week on a 4 phase £2m package of improvements to James Street
which will mean temporary road closures and diversions until the end
of the year. The work is being carried out by Merseytravel in
partnership with Liverpool City Council, Merseyrail and Network Rail
and is part of the £73m City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) which
aims, through road improvements, to provide a balanced and
sustainable transport system accessible to all and with agreement to
provide high grade materials in the work.
The 1st phase begins on Tuesday, 29 May 2007, and will last until 31 August
2007, when James Street will be made 1-way eastbound (towards the city
centre) before rush hour at 6am. The work, along the north
side of James Street between The Strand and Fenwick Street, will
include removal of existing paving and kerbs, drainage improvements,
constructing new bus lay-bys, the laying of new paving and the
placement of lights on buildings. The 1st phase will also
include the construction of concrete foundations by the station,
which will support a new rail station canopy.
During the 1st week of July, from 7pm to 7am, Fenwick Street and Castle
Street will also be closed for excavation works and the placement of
new ducting. Diversion routes will be clearly signed and further
notice will be given when dates are confirmed and statutory
procedures are in place. Existing bus stops located along the
north side of the street will be closed except for the stop located
by Castle Moat House. Eastbound bus services will use existing stops
on Lord Street, while westbound services will be diverted to
existing stops on Water Street. Existing westbound bus stops will
also be closed.
Cllr Mike Storey, executive member for regeneration, said:-
“These improvements are necessary for one of the main accesses into
the city centre, the waterfront and the commercial district and a
full and thorough consultation has taken place with all those in the
vicinity. James Street lies on an important pedestrian route
and current projects on the same route are using high specification,
attractive materials and discussions are taking place to use the
same in this project.
This is a very large and significant undertaking and as the
construction progresses every effort will be made to keep the public
informed and all the partners in the work are committed to keeping
disruption to a minimum. Road closures, diversions and the one-way
system are necessary to ensure the safety of workers and the public
The Wirral loop line, which has been closed for five weeks, reopens
on Monday, May 28, reflecting our seamless and integrated
partnership working and this philosophy will continue. The
work will result in high quality footways and lighting and create a
positive impression to those who use James Street to access the
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
added:- "These plans will have an important role in improving
access to the commercial and retail heart of the city. The James
Street interchange will be a vital link to Liverpool One, the new
Arena and Convention Centre and to the new developments at Pier
Head. James Street is already an important interchange and, as
the city grows towards 2008 and beyond, it will become even more so.
The aim is to improve public transport facilities for everyone using
James Street, whether they are visiting, living or working in the
During the weekend of the Mathew Street Festival in August all works
will stop, traffic and pedestrian barriers will be removed where
possible and the area will be made safe. The 1st phase will
also require the removal of the existing taxi bay and no temporary
bay will be provided.
Respect success in Liverpool
operation to improve life for people living in the Tuebrook and
Stoneycroft areas of Liverpool is being hailed a massive success.
The Respect initiative, to tackle anti social behaviour and other
challenges, ended last Sunday.
It was organised by Liverpool
First partners including the city council, Merseyside Police, Mersey
Fire and Rescue Service and the Primary Care Trust and others.
A detailed analysis of the work of all of the agencies involved has
shown it has resulted in:-
• 75 tonnes of
rubbish placed in 52 community skips
• 15 sites cleared of fly tipping and 20 pieces of graffiti removed
• A full litter pick up of all parks and playgrounds
• 4 new alley gates fitted
• 34 people prosecuted for dropping litter
• 45 vehicles seized during roadside checks, with another 48
• 54 people arrested by Merseyside Police for attempted murder,
assault, burglary and theft
• 9 addresses raided resulting in £15,000 being seized and drugs and
stolen designer clothing
• 28 children stopped by truancy officers for being out of school
• 32 litres of alcohol seized from youths
• 55 visits to licensed premises resulting in 4 warnings issued for
breaching their license
Councillor Colin Eldridge, Liverpool city council’s executive member
for community safety, said:- “These figures show the scale of
this unprecedented operation and how it has made a major impact on
improving the life of the local community.
It shows how we can
work together in new and imaginative ways to further improve the
quality of the environment and people’s lives.
This is not
just a one-off operation - it is part of a sustainable plan to
continually tackle the issues that local people want dealt with.
We will be rolling out similar operations in other parts of the city
over the next few months.”
Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Kevin Johnson said:- “As
part of Merseyside Police's ongoing total policing initiative we
have targeted our efforts, together with our partners, to achieve
significant results against criminals and those that engage in
These results reflect the work of a
number of agencies and can be seen as a positive and major step
towards improving the quality of life for our local communities.
This week of action is the first of many and our achievements during
this week will serve to further encourage partnership working both
in this area and in other parts of Liverpool.”