Where would a new Liverpool city center ‘rapid transport’ route go
There has been talk for some time about the potential of a new form of public transport in Liverpool city center.
Originally called a ‘light rail’ proposal, the idea is now commonly described as ‘rapid transit by bus’ – and seems to be on the verge of becoming a reality.
The City of Liverpool region has been allocated a Â£ 710million public transport fund in the Chancellor’s recent budget, which will be spent on various projects to improve public transport services in our region.
This will include expanding the Merseyrail network, creating new ‘green bus corridors’ and developing plans for the aforementioned rapid transit routes in parts of the region.
City region leaders are hopeful that this technology could provide efficient new transport routes such as Liverpool and Speke John Lennon Airport, Kirkby town center, Southport town center, Wirral Waters and the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool.
This is the last place on this list that we will focus on in this article, examining how a new rapid transit route would potentially link Liverpool’s universities to the city center and other key sites.
What is a rapid transit bus?
First of all, a quick overview of what this new mode of transport really is.
Rapid transit buses or “trackless trams” are designed to have better capacity and reliability than a conventional bus system.
Typically, such a network includes routes which are dedicated to buses and give them priorities at intersections. Here the buses can interact with other vehicles
The goal of a rapid transit bus is to combine the capacity and speed seen on tram networks, but with the lower fares and flexibility of a bus system.
How a downtown route would work
We focus first on a potential downtown route, as the proposals for this new network have already been discussed in detail.
Given the working title of ‘Lime Line’, there has been a vision for some time of how Liverpool city center can be linked to the city’s universities and the so-called Knowledge Quarter.
Here’s a look at a potential route for a downtown rapid transit system.
Lime Street – Central Station
Provided the redevelopment of Lime Street is finally completed, it seems likely that any rapid transit system would pass through what is the main gateway to downtown – although it is interesting to see how that could. be adapted with the redeveloped area.
From there it would likely pass behind Liverpool Central Station and the Adelphi Hotel.
There have already been discussions about creating a new open space and a large pedestrian crossing outside the famous hotel.
Early plans suggest that after traveling along Lime Street, a rapid transit system would then head towards Brownlow Hill, towards Liverpool’s main university campuses.
Liverpool’s so-called Knowledge Quarter is a 450-acre innovation district that many people see as essential to the city’s future.
It brings together the headquarters of the John Moores Universities of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool and a number of their related facilities, including the University of Liverpool Materials Innovation Factory.
The area also includes the Liverpool Science Park, which offers 120,000 square feet of coworking space, serviced offices and laboratory space.
The goal of any downtown rapid transit program would be to connect the Knowledge District with the rest of the downtown area and to make it easier for students, staff and the public to travel between the two.
It is proposed that a rapid transit bus line continue along Brownlow Hill and towards Grove Street and Low Hill – where it would encounter another development crucial to the city’s future prospects.
Considered a large part of the Knowledge Quarter, Paddington Village is a Â£ 1 billion expansion site, serving a total of 1.8 million square feet of science, technology, education, education, businesses and institutions. sanitary and scientific.
The most notable aspect of this development so far is The Spine – a striking 200,000 square foot, 14 story building.
Costing Â£ 35million to build, this is the first Class A office building in the City of Liverpool area in over a decade and is already home to the Royal College of Physicians and the New Liverpool Pandemic Institute .
It is also just across the road from the heavily delayed new Royal Liverpool Hospital building, which will hopefully finally open next year.
From that point a proposed link could go back through the Knowledge Quarter area, using Mount Pleasant to serve other parts of the universities, before descending back down to Liverpool city center and Lime Street.
How likely is it to see rapid transit routes in the city center?
Under discussion for a few years now, recent funding announcements have really raised the bar on this idea.
Responding to the announcement of the Â£ 710million funding, the mayor of Metro Rotheram said he hoped rapid transit programs could benefit areas such as Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and Speke, Kirkby town center, Southport town center, Wirral Waters and the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool.
Mayor Rotheram has now submitted another offer asking for additional funding to improve bus services in the area, which sees rapid transit as a key part of this.
He says the money would be used “to develop proposals to introduce a rapid transit bus system for the region, initially focused on Wirral Waters and Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter”.
So there is still some way to go, but it seems that this new form of public transport is getting closer to reality.
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