The true scale of the cost of remodelling junctions and footbridges under the condemned Churchill flyovers in Liverpool has been revealed.
Liverpool City Council head of highways Andy Barr has estimated that after demolishing the flyovers at a cost of £6M it will cost a further £5M to rebuild new junctions and up to £3M to replace pedestrian footbridges that cross main roads underneath the flyovers. The existing footbridges will have to be dismantled as part of the flyover demolition work.
Earlier this year, engineers from Amey concluded the flyovers are no longer safe enough to carry vehicles or pedestrians and should be demolished. The report said the cost of replacing them would be between £50M and £60M, while demolishing them without replacing them would cost just under £6M. The city council chose the latter option and confirmed it would not replace the structures.
Speaking to the council’s regeneration and sustainability committee, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for highways and transport James Noakes added that funding for such measures would come out of the council’s highways capital programme.
At present, Liverpool City Council intends to demolish the flyovers over eight weekends this summer.
A motion put forward on behalf of the committee by councillor Nick Small also called for a plan to “green the whole area” to be considered, drawing on plans tabled by Friends of the Flyover.
Friends of the Flyover is a project that was formed in 2013 in response to the suggestion that the Churchill Way flyovers, which were major route from the north of Liverpool into the city centre, may be demolished. Its vision is for the flyovers to be converted into an urban park and events space.
In addition, the motion stated: “This select committee believes that the City Council should look beyond just seeing the demolition of Churchill Way as a highways scheme.
“This is an opportunity to build a more inclusive and sustainable city centre fit for the 21st century, creating more and better jobs as well as improving air quality and public transport and removing physical barriers between north Liverpool and the city centre.”
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