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Issue:- 10 May  2012

£65m Edge Lane works completed...

TRANSPORT minister Norman Baker was in Liverpool on Wednesday, 9 May 2012, to mark the completion of a multi-million scheme which has transformed a major route into the City Centre.  The Under Secretary of State for Transport was given a tour of the £65million Edge Lane scheme. It followed the completion of the final phase of the scheme; Edge Lane West, between Botanic Place and Hall Lane, which has been largely funded by the Government.  The MP was shown the major improvements which have been made; that includes the widening of the road to make it a dual carriageway, reducing bottlenecks and improving safety and journey times into and out of the city centre.   Work on the final phase of the scheme, carried out by contractor, Birse Civils, was also included the building of a new central reservation, the re-modelling of existing junctions, improvements to pedestrian facilities and the installation of new street lighting.

The roadworks complement the £19 million highway improvements on the adjacent Hall Lane, which were completed last year, completing plans for a modern, 2 lane dual carriageway between the M62 Rocket Junction and the city centre.  Norman Baker MP said:- "I am looking forward to seeing these schemes for myself. The Government is committed to making sure that the infrastructure is in place to help rebalance the economy and drive growth in all regions of the UK."

The newly-elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Every major city needs to have really good arterial road links and these improvements are something that Liverpool people and in particular the business community; have been requesting for decades. It's fantastic that it's now become a reality. Edge Lane is Liverpool's front door, and the first thing many people see when coming into the city; so it's important it looks good. For many years this wasn't the case, but now, thanks to this project, we have a gateway into the city that we can be proud of. The completion of this scheme is a major landmark for the city, and forms part of our wider plans to transform the area with a major regeneration scheme which will deliver new homes, boost business and create thousands of jobs."

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "I'm delighted that the Minister has come to Liverpool to see the completion of this vital scheme for our city. These works have brought about huge improvements to Edge Lane and will benefit motorists for many years to come. Edge Lane is the most important route into the city centre as well as the city's link to the M62, and this work has created a safer, more attractive and less congested route into the heart of the city. The completion of this final section of highway improvements marks the end of a journey which began at Edge Lane Drive in 2006. The enhancements to the carriageway, alongside the new retail, residential and commercial schemes will provide a fitting gateway into the city."

During his visit, the Minister receive a presentation on the scheme at Liverpool Innovation Park, before being taken on a mini-bus tour of Edge Lane, stopping at Botanic Road, Edge Lane junction and Hall Lane South.

2020 Liverpool has designed the highway improvement schemes for Edge Lane and Hall Lane on behalf of the city council; including concept and branding, as well as providing project management on site.   Chris Lavery, Managing Director of 2020 Liverpool, said:- "We're proud to have been an integral part of obtaining the funding, designing and delivering this exciting project which forms the final link to open up the primary route into the city from the national motorway network. This project will play a major role in the continued regeneration of the city."

The roadworks form part of the wider £350 million Edge Lane Project, a comprehensive regeneration scheme which includes highway improvements, over 550 new housing units and more than one million square feet of new and refurbished commercial and retail floorspace and community facilities.

It is estimated that the project has safeguarded nearly 2,000 jobs, as well improving local services and the local environment, with over 100 new trees being planted.  For more details on the Edge Lane Project, please visit:-

Bold Street Liverpool 'cracks open' to reveal crocodile infested pool
Photographs and report by Bill Hunt.

THE pavement on Bold Street appeared to dramatically break apart on Saturday, revealing a congregation of savage crocodiles snapping at shopper' heels. The striking image of the crocodile-ridden pool that appeared outside the Lyceum, complete with broken bridge for passers-by to walk across, is the work of renowned British graffiti artists Dave and Nick, and appeared in Liverpool on Saturday to promote Zebit, a new way to finance products online and offline designed for bargain-hunting shoppers who want to make their shopping 'snappier'.

The 3D image caused a few shoppers to stop in their tracks as they went about their Saturday shopping, with some stopping to admire the drawing, but most being keen to 'jump in' and have their pictures taken on the drawing; attempting to wield a shopping trolley brimming over with luxury goods over the rickety bridge.

A selection of photographs of Liverpool shoppers snapped with the crocs can be seen on Zebit's Facebook  page and on Flickr.

Renowned graffiti and 3D artists Dave and Nick have travelled the world creating incredible street art that tricks the mind into believing the works of art are 3 dimensional. The 3D street art is drawn and painted from one perspective, which creates depth and height when viewed from the same view.

3D pavement art has been around since French painters in the 16th century created 'trompe l'oeil' (trick of the eye) artwork to create the illusion of space and the outdoors on the walls, floors and ceilings of villas owned by the wealthy. Since then the art style has been used to entertain people and replicated across the world.  Dave and Nick have been painting 3d street art for over 5 years now. Originally Dave was an art student and Nick was an art teacher, they took their skill in fine art and began to experiment with 3d effects.

Merseyside Businesses Shortlisted for Green Award

THE amazing Southport author, Joseph Delaney, who has written the multi-award winning Spook's series, is returning from the filming of his books in the USA to do a very special book signing and talk! This is an international exclusive and will take place in Formby on Saturday, 12 May 2012. He will be reading one of his favourite bits of one of his amazing books. That book will be his 10th book in the series, 'Spook's Blood'. He is keen to see his local fans, and if you are lucky, you might even get to see his latest book, 'Spook's Blood' before any other members of the public see it, anywhere in the world! He will also be signing some copies of this new book and we will have a few for sale on our Mersey Reporter Shop, but we expect them to sell out extremely fast! Joseph will also be bringing us some film news and there will be a few of the collectors' editions of Grimalkin available on the day as well! This 'World Exclusive' is scheduled for to run from 10.30 to 12 noon on Saturday, 12 May 2012, at Formby Books within Derbyshires, in Formby (L374DU).

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