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Bottleneck road scheme approved

An artist's impression of the Hall Lane scheme
The scheme will improve the route into the city from the M62

A scheme to remove one of Merseyside's biggest traffic bottlenecks between Liverpool city centre and the M62 motorway has been agreed.

The Government has approved the road orders and compulsory purchase orders necessary for the Hall Lane Strategic Gateway scheme to proceed.

The 20m project will improve traffic-flow around Hall Lane, Edge Lane and Mount Vernon Green.

A public inquiry into the orders was held in April last year.

"Better image"

Currently, traffic heading to the city centre from Edge Lane, must turn left or right into Hall Lane or Towerlands Street at the top of Mount Vernon Green.

Both routes are residential roads and traffic is often delayed.

Councillor Peter Millea, from Liverpool City Council, said: "The city needs first-rate gateways into our centre - that is a key part of our regeneration.

"The Hall Lane scheme will do that, helping both motorists and pedestrians and providing a much better image for visitors. It will produce a much better environment for the neighbourhood."

There will also be a new frontage to the Royal Liverpool hospital development.

Work is scheduled to start early in 2009 and be completed in Autumn 2010.

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