Liverpool council will plough on with changes to its road network costing tens of millions of pounds despite the plans being savaged by councillors last week.

The projects include the overhauling of roads in the city centre and south Liverpool.

Members of the council's regeneration and sustainability select committee called the plans "terrifying" and asked for changes to multiple proposed schemes.

But many of them have already started or been funded, and a council spokesman confirmed to the ECHO today that those projects would continue.

It puts senior council officers at loggerheads with numerous members of the main committee that scrutinises spending on the city's highways.

Green Party leader Tom Crone called the plans "terrifying" - and was joined by all six other members of the committee who were present in criticising the plans.

The council has vowed to continue the roadworks

Five of them are from the ruling Labour group.

The councillors said the proposals encouraged more cars into the city and failed to take into account the climate emergency the council declared last month.

 

Councillor Crone said: "What we have here is a version of a city with new roads, wider roads and more traffic.

"We are predicting a city with more traffic and then just providing for it, instead of thinking of ways to reduce it."

Critics of the plans say they will encourage more traffic into the city centre.

New cabinet member for highways Sharon Connor, who has only been in post since May, said the report would be brought back in a few months time when officers had been given time to act on councillors' feedback.

What was in the report?

The report detailed a number of different schemes in the city.

They included the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme, which has already started and will eventually see changes to the Strand, Lime Street, Moorfields.

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Much of those plans have been praised, but others have provoked controversy.

There is criticism over their ramifications for the bus network, which is having to undergo drastic changes to routes in the city centre, as well as squabbling over a planned bus hub at the end of Dale Street.

City centre roadworks will see changes to popular routes in and out of Liverpool

The changes to bus timetables are due to come in in January, while the new bus hub is due to be completed in October.

But the more strident criticism last night focused on schemes outside the city centre.

 

Proposals to close some junctions of Princess Avenue to traffic to create a continuous cycleway have been abandoned, something councillor Crone said would make the route far less appealing to cyclists.

A section on the so-called South Liverpool Key Corridor, an area encompassing Jericho Lane, Waterside Drive and Sefton Street, was also treated warily by councillors worried the plans would increase capacity for cars on the route instead of promoting other public transport.

Previous plans to pedestrianise Bold Street were not mentioned in the report.
Previous plans to pedestrianise Bold Street were not mentioned in the report.

And the absence of previously publicised plans to pedestrianise Bold Street from the report was also criticised, though it is not clear if these are still on the table.

There were also updates on  a proposed plan to tunnel under the current Rocket junction, though that is in the earlier stages of getting funding.