Better access for hand cyclists on the way for the Liverpool Loop Line. Picture by Chris Foster, Sustrans
GREAT news for wheelchair users and cyclists who enjoy the great outdoors.
Liverpool’s historic Loop Line – the 11-mile traffic-free trail that winds from Halewood to Aintree – is in for a major upgrade.
A £500,000 scheme will improve the former railway line to make access easier for people using wheelchairs, handbikes, mobility scooters, prams – and horse riders.
The upgrades, funded by Liverpool city council and cycling charity Sustrans, include:
- Improving 30 access points
- Relocating other barriers, such as street lighting columns and litter bins
- New bollards
- Improving access for maintenance vehicles
- Restoring dropped kerbs
- Resurfacing paths and footways
- Fencing improvements
- Widening access paths
Some trees have also been removed along the route as part of the pre-works programme as roots were eroding the geologically important sandstone along the path, and causing a hazard through falling stones.
The works are due to be completed by June and forms part of Liverpool’s ambitious active travel programme.
This includes seven safer cycle routes across the city, as well as a new learn to ride facility for children in Everton Park.
Councillor Dan Barrington, cabinet member for climate change and highways, said: “The Liverpool Loop Line is like a magical corridor. It’s in the city, but it makes feel like you’re in the country. It’s a fantastic part of our active travel infrastructure and is arguably one of the best kept cycling secrets in Britain.
“Unfortunately, the Loop Line is not accessible to everyone and I’m delighted we’re going to be able to change that through this investment, removing the old barriers and making the access points much more inclusive and safer for people of all abilities.
“Once it’s complete in the summer, it will be a much-improved resource for our residents and visitors giving them a free and healthy experience full of wonder and discovery that few other cities can match.”
Tim Hollins, Sustrans’ north west network manager, added: “The Liverpool Loop Line is one of our most established routes on the National Cycle Network, and is part of the very popular long-distance Trans Pennine Trail.
“Removing or altering these barriers will help many more people access this beautiful circular route across the city.
“These changes will make it much easier for people with mobility aids, families with buggies, and those with larger bikes to enjoy the health and transport benefits of a traffic-free path.”