Feasibility study over
introduction of Red Routes in Liverpool
CONSULTATION is set to begin on the
introduction of Red Routes to speed up traffic flow on 3 key roads in Liverpool.
'Red Routes,' 1st introduced in London in 1991 and also used in the West
Midlands and Stoke on Trent; are major roads on which vehicles are not
permitted to stop, including loading and unloading. They are generally in
operation, from 7am to 7pm, on Monday to Saturday, although round the clock
restrictions usually apply near traffic lights and at bus stops. Blue Badge
holders and licensed taxis can still pick up and drop off.
A report to the City Council, on Friday, 15 December 2017 will be asking for permission to
begin a feasibility study into their introduction on the following routes:-
► Kensington/Prescot Road.
► Smithdown Road.
► A59 County Road / Walton Road.
The roads have been chosen to be looked at
because they are known to have congestion caused by inconsiderate and illegal
parking, which creates pinch points and leads to snarl ups.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O'Byrne, said:- "Every driver gets frustrated by
other road users who show no consideration for others by stopping on major
routes or parking ½ on the pavement, causing inconvenience for pedestrians as
well. It leads to inconvenience, congestion, delays and increases pollution
because cars are stationary when they should be moving.
At a time when we are investing ₤250 million upgrading major routes across the
City, it is vital we complement this work by ensuring we have a free flowing
traffic network able to operate at maximum capacity.
As we continue to rebuild our City for the 21st century, attracting more
investment, jobs and people, we have to make sure road users can get across the
City as quickly and easily as possible. Delays to journeys cost businesses and
commuters both time and money.
We believe that the introduction of Red Routes could help ensure a smoother
journey, but we want to hear all views during the consultation period. This is
just something are looking in to at this stage. I promise we will listen
carefully to feedback and look to put into place measures which mitigate any
impact on local businesses if we decide to push ahead with 1 or all of the
What will happen
► If Red Routes are introduced, they would replace all existing yellow line and
clearway restrictions and be enforced using the existing traffic cameras, which
were previously used for the bus lanes that were withdrawn in 2014. The Council
could also look at the potential of towing vehicles away, which it does not do
at the moment.
► If approved by the Cabinet, a consultation will get underway which will include:-
community events, an online survey and letters to people whose properties front
the affected routes.
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