Liverpool City Council have appointed a construction company to create a new dual carriageway on a major route into the city centre.
National contractor Osborne’s Liverpool based project team won the tender, worth £18m, to widen the A565 (Great Howard Street/Derby Road) with work set to begin in April.
Upgrading the route, which handles traffic between Sefton and Liverpool along the northern docks, also forms part of a major regeneration drive.
The new 2.7km long stretch in the city’s Atlantic corridor is seen as crucial to a new creative village in the area – called Ten Streets – with the council set to announce a vision for the scheme this Thursday, 2 February.
The new dual carriageway will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road – aka “the Dock Road” – to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.
Lane restrictions rather than a road closure will be deployed to minimise disruption on the A565, which is also currently having a new £10m bridge created that will enable freight to travel to and from the new £400m Liverpool2 deep water container terminal.
The scheme, which includes improved paving, traffic signals and street lighting, will complete as follows:
• Phase 1 – between King Edward Street and Blackstone Street – new dual carriageway section
• Phase 2 – between Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – new dual carriageway section
• Phase 3 – Improvements to Regent Road – new cycle and pedestrian facilities
Expected to finish by Spring 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £250m Better Roads programme to improve the city’s road infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of a new £20m waterfront link road at the city centre end of the A565.
Councillor Malcom Kennedy, Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted a company committed to engaging local Liverpool supply partners has won this contract as we are very keen to ensure Liverpool’s regeneration stimulates the local economy at every level. The A565 is a vital artery in North Liverpool and making it a full dual carriageway is part of a much wider plan to improve the transport infrastructure and stimulate a long overdue renaissance in our Atlantic Corridor. I’m especially excited by the fact that this scheme will give Regent Road a completely new lease of life. It will also provide a solid platform for the Ten Streets creativity zone to flourish and prosper.”
John Dowsett, Managing Director – Infrastructure at Osborne, said: “This award is highly significant in our business strategy as we continue to target opportunities with forward thinking Local Authorities who recognise the importance and value of a collaborative approach with their partners and suppliers. This project presents another excellent opportunity to support our public authority customers in the on-going challenge of delivering increasing highway capacity within reducing capital and operational budgets. Working with Liverpool City Council further enhances our growing geographical presence and expansion into the North West.’’
Councillor John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s cabinet member locality services, added: “This is a great example of Local Authorities within the City Region working in partnership to deliver a scheme which will benefit residents and business across Sefton and Liverpool. We are keen to see the positive impact this exciting project will have on improving links between Sefton and Liverpool. The proposed cycle facility along Regent Road will also form part of a continuous route linking Crosby, Bootle and Liverpool. We look forward to continuing this collaborative working with the newly appointed contractor.”