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Work starts on cycling improvements

by Gemma Melling

Improvement works on the cycle path running alongside the A580 East Lancashire Road will commence on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2021.

The work will include increasing the width of the combined cycleway / pedestrian route along the west bound part of the road and also upgrading the cycle provision for the junctions at Ormskirk Road and Moorgate Road into Toucan facilities (shared crossing for pedestrians and cyclists).

Upgrading the borough’s transport network is essential to keep the borough moving – both now for key workers and importantly cyclists once social isolation and social distancing restrictions are lifted and people return to work if they have been working from home.

As per Government guidance, construction work is permitted and appropriate risk assessments have been completed to ensure the safety of workers on-site. Workers will be maintaining social media guidance during the improvement works.

Lane closures will be in operation throughout the works from 14 April.

The improvement works is part of the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) with funding secured from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I’m delighted that we have secured funding to improve our cycling and pedestrian facilities along this well-used route and that we are able to start this important work in the current climate. These works aim to upgrade cycling facilities along the Liverpool-bound footpaths and we have followed Government guidance to ensure the work can progress safely.”