Princes Avenue STEP Scheme
Approximate start: Autumn 2019
Approximate end: Completed
This £4m scheme is part of Liverpool City Region’s Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) focused on the regeneration of the central reservation along Princes Avenue and upgrading the carriageway and footpaths along Princes Avenue and Princes Road.
The STEP programme was part of the Local Growth Fund (LGF). Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.
Growth Deals provided £1.9m funding for the scheme.
As part of the proposals there were opportunities to improve the area including:
- New and improved pedestrian and cycle paths linking into the wider neighbourhood.
- New and improved toucan crossings.
- Planting of 20 new trees and new landscaped areas.
- New seating and lighting.
- Restoration of existing artwork and monuments.
- New public artwork to celebrate the history and people of Toxteth and Liverpool.
By installing the 1km long cycle path within the central reservation - a first for Liverpool - the scheme’s aim is to improve cycle connectivity between south Liverpool and the city centre, with the plan to install a new Citybike station along the route.
The new cycle path also forms an extension of a new 'green corridor' to Otterspool. The URBAN Green UP project has £3.4m of EU funding to install and test three ‘green corridors’ across the city, which was a key recommendation in the city council’s Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review.