Liverpool pushes on with red routes plan

Liverpool pushes on with red routes plan

Liverpool City Council is pushing ahead with plans to introduce red routes, where vehicles are not permitted to stop, on three of the busiest roads leading into the city centre.

The council first outlined its proposals for the red routes in December last year, and is now looking to commission consultants to work up plans for the no-stopping routes.

The council has identified three areas where red routes might be introduced; the A57 Kensington and Prescot Road; the A562 Smithdown Road in Wavertree; and the A59 County Road and Walton Road, near Goodison Park.

The consultants will be required to outline the reliability of the existing network, and how new technologies and interventions could be applied to improve journey times and reduce congestion on the routes, particularly through the introduction of these red routes.

The red routes will be the first of their type in the city region, and will prohibit any stopping, loading, or unloading. The rules do not apply to licensed taxis and blue badge holders, but will be enforced between 7am and 7pm between Monday and Sunday.

Fines for stopping on red routes could potentially be higher than those which are applied to yellow lines. The council said these routes would improve safety for pedestrians and speed up journey times to and from the city centre.

A consultant will be appointed in May, and a business case is expected to be completed by the end of September this year. There will also be a consultation process with the public to gauge opinion on the three routes and how to implement them.

Speaking in December, deputy mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne said the city could “listen carefully to feedback” from the public and would “look to put in place measures which mitigate any impact on local businesses”.

She added stopping on the routes had led to “inconvenience, congestion, delays, and increases [in] pollution”.