A consultation has started on a new £45m transport scheme for Liverpool which will include the city’s first dedicated coach park.
The coach park will be created to accommodate the boom in coach visitors to the city centre, which last year equated to 160,000 more tourists than those who arrived via the cruise terminal.
The coach park will include a new off-street layover facility and rest area for drivers, which aims to reduce congestion in the city centre.
The Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme will receive £38.4m from the Local Growth Fund with local match funding of £6.3m.
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Liverpool’s international appeal to visitors and investors has blossomed over the past decade and this has set many new challenges and new opportunities.
“This new transport scheme addresses many of our current and future needs to improve the city centre welcome and provide an experience befitting a world class city.
“With a growing residential population, a huge rise in visitors and major developments in the pipeline, how we navigate around the city centre needs a radical rethink in key locations and some major improvements.
“The creation of an extended St George’s plateau, a new look Strand, a new bus hub, a new coach park, new dock bridges and upgrades to cycling and pedestrian routes from the Knowledge Quarter to the Waterfront will open up a new world of possibilities for investors, event organisers and travel operators to further accelerate the future growth of the city centre and wider city region.”