Parking, Highways and Public Transport
During the first stage consultation we received feedback on transport and parking. Some of the questions you asked us were:
Can the transport links to the Stadium be improved?
A Match Day Transport Strategy was prepared as part of the Main Stand redevelopment and agreed with Liverpool City Council. This aims to maximise access to the Stadium by public transport and other sustainable forms of transport. It is focussed on the clear links between the Stadium and Liverpool City Centre by service bus, Soccerbus, taxi and walking. We are currently reviewing the Transport Strategy and continue to engage with the City Council and local bus operators regarding existing routes and services.
These discussions have included the operation of the match-day special bus routes. Following feedback received, it has been agreed that the pick-up / drop-off point for that service will be moved to Walton Lane.
The plan included here shows our updated Transport Strategy proposals
Could a new rail link to the Stadium be provided?
During the consultation we received a number of comments about opening up a rail link close to the Stadium. This has been explored on a number of occasions but discounted due to having limited impact on travel to / from matches due to capacity restrictions. We continue to support the ongoing work being undertaken in the Liverpool City Region (led by the Metro Mayor) and Merseytravel / Merseyrail, who are exploring wider opportunities for opening up a passenger rail link on the Bootle Branch line.
What improvements can be made to parking?
The Football Match Parking Zone (FMPZ) currently operating around the Stadium was reviewed by the Club and Liverpool City Council at the time of the Main Stand application. The FMPZ is for resident permit holders only and covers those areas that are considered most appropriate to mitigate match day parking in surrounding residential streets.
We continue to liaise with Liverpool City Council regarding residents' parking issues and encourage residents experiencing issues to report those to the Resident Liaison Manager who will engage with parking enforcement.
We understand that Liverpool City Council aims to introduce a new scheme for issuing residents' parking permits that will improve monitoring and enforcement.
We are also reviewing car parking utilisation in Stanley Park / Utting Avenue to optimise usage of those spaces on match days by LFC ticket holders.