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Date:- 3 December 2007

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Well Known Liverpool City Centre Bridge Removed

A FOOTBRIDGE which became the focus of anti-social behaviour has been demolished and replaced by a supercrossing.

The bridge, across the Strand was the last remaining part of a system of walkways introduced into the city in the 1970's. Sadly in recent years, its appearance deteriorated and that lead to it being criticised by English Heritage. Liverpool City Council found it necessary to close the bridge at night from 9:00pm because vagrants, who where sleeping there and gangs had congregate around the bridge.

The bridge was demolished this over the weekend of Friday 23 November 2007 to Monday 26 November 2007. The demolition work involve placing a timber “crash-mat” on the road so that sections of the bridge could be cut away and dropped on to it. That lead to the closure of the Strand, to traffic, from 8pm on until 6am on between St Nicholas Place and Liver Street.

The bridge has now been replaced by a “supercrossing” - a facility, which should allow pedestrians sufficient time to cross the road in one attempt, rather than have to wait at the central reservation. This crossing was constructed next to the footbridge at Brunswick Street. Two further supercrossings are now planned to the north and south of James Street junction.

Cllr Mike Storey, Executive Member for Regeneration, said:- “This footbridge was a relic of the walkways of the 1970's – a failed scheme which has now been virtually eliminated from the city centre.

It was not only an eyesore, but a focal point for anti-social behaviour. We had to close it at night as vagrants were sleeping there. Local businesses have told us that women, in particular, feel intimidated by the gangs that congregate around the bridge.

We needed to demolish it before 2008, not only for Capital of Culture year, but because ACC Liverpool opens in January 2007 and the bookings are flooding in. We could not have the Strand closed at week-ends when there are major events taking place there.

Some people have raised concerns about crossing the Strand, but with the crossing at Brunswick Street and the new supercrossings, there will be more than adequate safe facilities for pedestrians.”


Tuesday, 4 December 2007.
8.30am Morning Prayer, CCP

Thursday, 6 December 2007.
Nicholas, Myra Bishop
9.15am Holy Communion, CW

Sunday, 9 December 2007. Sunday of Advent
8.30am Holy Communion, BCP
10.30am Family Holy Communion, CW
4.00pm Christingle

Monday, 10 December 2007.
7.00pm Prayers in Church
8.00pm Meditation

Tuesday, 11 December 2007.
8.30am Morning Prayer, CCP

Sunday, 16 December 2007. 3rd Sunday of Advent.
8.30am Holy Communion, CW
10.30am Family Praise, CW
4.00pm Parish Carols

Monday, 17 December 2007.
7.00pm Prayers in Church
8.00pm Meditation

Tuesday, 18 December 2007.
8.30am Morning Prayer, CCP

Sunday, 23 December 2007. 4 Sunday of Advent.
8.30am Holy Communion and Healing, BCP
10.30am Lessons and Carols

Monday 24 December 2007.Christmas Eve.
4.00pm Crib Service
11.15pm (The Midnight Service) First Holy Communion of Christmas, CW

Tuesday, 25 December 2007.Christmas Day.
8.30am Holy Communion, BCP
10.30am Happy Birthday, Jesus.

Sunday, 30 December 2007.1 Sunday of Christmas.
8.30am Holy Communion, BCP
10.30am Morning Service, CW

Monday, 31 December 2007.New Year’s Eve. Seven Day of Christmas.
7.00pm Prayers in Church
8.00pm Meditation

Tuesday, 1 January 2008. New Year’s Day.
8.30am Morning Prayer, CCP

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