Great Georges Road Walking & Cycling Improvements, Waterloo
Following a study some years ago along the A565 corridor to identify improvements which could be undertaken to both improve the congestion experienced by motorists at peak periods and the difficulties experienced by pedestrians and cyclists, several improvements and ideas were put forward.
As part of those improvements, in 2017, the junction of Crosby Road South with South Road and Haigh Road was modified which involved the acquisition of land in order to provide some localised widening to ease traffic flow and improve crossing points.
Further issues identified included the Five Lamps junction as a source of congestion during the morning and afternoon peak hours. The junction was also identified as having a record of accidents, poor air quality and poor facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. It was also noted that cyclists experienced some difficulty accessing the existing controlled crossing point over the A565.
Any works undertaken at the 5 lamps junction would therefore provide an opportunity for enhancing the pedestrian and cycle crossing over the A565 and to provide measures on Great Georges Road to create an segregated cycle link along the length of road which would also link to the Coastal Park. As a separate scheme, there is the intention to create an inland cycling and walking link through Crosby Coastal Park, which would also avoid the problems with blown sand on the seafront path.
Following an extensive consultation exercise in February and March which included drop in events in addition to a questionnaire, the scheme has been designed to have the following key features:
- Improved pedestrian and cyclists crossing at 5 lamps junction
- The introduction of one way traffic flow for vehicles at the side roads
- A two-way segregated cycle route along the length of Great Georges Road
- The provision of a safe pedestrian and cycle crossing point to Crosby Coastal Park on Great Georges Road
- Raised tables at the side road junctions to offer an at grade walking experience
- The reduction of street clutter, including redundant signs, bollards, and guard railings
This scheme will also improve walking and cycling links from Crosby Coastal Park to Bootle and Litherland via the enhanced walking and cycling crossing over the A565.
Please see the plans below
Work began in January 2021