Delays are expected as the lanes in Strand are to be cut from next week.

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From Monday, the first section of the south side of the beach will be filtered to one lane so that the construction workers can start work to reduce the four-lane roadway to two lanes.

Starting next week, further delays are expected on one of Liverpool’s busiest streets as work continues on redesigning the city’s road network.

This is the next step in the redesign of the key route through the city.

It has previously referred to its own modelling, which indicates that even with fewer lanes due to other changes to the street layout, journeys from the end of Leeds Street in the north to Upper Parliament Street in the south will be reduced by one minute in each direction.

The City Council believes a “radical greening” is necessary to reduce congestion and make the street, which has one of the worst safety records in the city, safer.

The £22 million road overhaul began in June and will continue into next year.

“I hope that people will be able to plan their trips accordingly during this period so that the contractor can complete the work as efficiently as possible.

Cabinet member for highways, Sharon Connor, warned drivers to expect delays, but said the changes were necessary.

Councilwoman Connor said: “We are working with the contractors to ensure that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum, but a road project of this magnitude in the heart of the city center is both complex and intrusive.

“And there will be a significant long-term gain for this short-term pain, as the redesign of The Strand will make Liverpool’s city center safer, cleaner and greener – to the benefit of all.

This phase is due to end in November 2020, with further road restrictions from Chapel Street to James Street remaining in place until spring 2021.

The single lane filter will apply to traffic after the intersections of Leeds Street and Great Howard Street and will remain in place until the Chapel Street intersection, just after exiting the Queensway tunnel. From there, two lanes will remain until the intersection of James Street, opposite Mann Island.

As part of the changes, a separate bicycle lane will be added to the road, which will become part of a continuous route from Otterspool Promenade to Southport.

Simon O’Brien, Liverpool’s Cycling Commissioner, said: “Liverpool’s city center is changing for the better. The improvements to the beach, the reduction in traffic, more space for pedestrians and above all the new high quality cycle paths are immense. It will do so much to reconnect our world famous Waterfront with the rest of the city.

“Another important link in the chain and another sign that our city is moving in the right direction and is catching up with other future-oriented cities around the world”.

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