Work to ban cars from Bold Street to start in June.
Byline: LIAM THORP Political editor firstname.lastname@example.org @LIAMTHORPECHO
WORK to pedestrianise an area of the city centre which saw an alleged hit and run incident over the Christmas period could begin in the summer.
A car ploughed into pedestrians in Slater Street in the early hours of Christmas Eve after driving from Bold Street.
The incident left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries, thought to include broken bones and head trauma, while his friend was also injured.
A 19-year-old man from Stoneycroft who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving has since been released under investigation.
The shocking incident has led some to ask about existing plans to pedestrianise the area of Bold Street as well as other parts of the Ropewalks area.
In March, the ECHO revealed the council's ambitious plans for a PS4.5m overhaul of the entire Ropewalks area. After securing most of the cash from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, town hall bosses want to pedestrianise the second half of Bold Street.
Currently a large section of Bold Street - between Newington and Berry Street - is open to vehicles - with the lower section pedestrianised.
Under the proposals, the entire length of the street would be reserved for those on foot.
Seel Street would also be effectively pedestrianised between Colquitt Street and Slater Street at night time - and there are plans to reverse the one-way traffic system currently in place in Seel Street.
A city council spokesman said now funding had been secured work was expected to begin in June: "The first phase of this will be highway improvements on the Inner Ropewalks streets, including Wood Street, Fleet Street, Slater Street and Colquitt Street, which are in the greatest need of repair and improvement.
He added that the work would take around a year to complete. Consultation with businesses on the designs for the Ropewalks area is continuing.
Work to pedestrianise the remaining section of Bold Street still open to traffic is due to begin in June and will