The closed Churchill Way flyover in Liverpool may be converted into “promenade in the sky” like New York City’s High line, it has been suggested.
The suggestion has been made by We Make Places, the organisation behind the Friends of the Flyover project.
Friends of the Flyover is a project that was formed in 2013 in response to the suggestion that the Churchill Way flyover, which is a major route from the north of Liverpool into the city centre, may be demolished. Its vision is for the flyover to be converted into an urban park and events space, even if it can no longer be used by cars.
At present, flyover is being closed for six months so urgent safety checks can be conducted. Tests carried out earlier this year indicated that the bridge could be heavier than initially thought.
When the flyover was first built in the 1960s, inspection chambers were not incorporated to enable engineers to check inside the structure.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, We Make Places chief executive Kate Stewart said: “The original Friends of the Flyover proposal was a response to a Council vision to redirect traffic away from the structure. Recent discoveries have led to the current closure whilst more structural investigations take place.
“It is logical to assume that there could be a number of outcomes from this and we hope that one of the options being considered is that if it is no longer viable for the structure to carry traffic, what alternative uses could it safely be put to.
“We have always offered to work in partnership with council officers and elected members to realise a community-led vision for this neglected space within the city. The recent developments mean we are back in dialogue with the council and hope to continue to be part of the conversation about the future of this part of the city.”
Meanwhile, We Make Places has been working on a scheme to install solar panels on the edges of the flyover, which would generate electricity to light the flyover and walkways.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson earlier this year claimed the Churchill Way flyover will likely be demolished though no decision will be taken until the New Year.