New images showing a radical revamp to Liverpool’s historic Lime Street have been revealed.

A series of CGIs depict a major redesign to create a world class “gateway experience” that includes a new public square outside Lime Street station and an expanded plateau outside St George’s Hall.

The scheme is part of a wider £45m programme that will transform connectivity and how people move around Liverpool city centre – by foot, bike, car, coach and bus.

Liverpool City Council has revealed the images ahead of a public information exercise on the Lime Street plans, which are central to the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) scheme, at Central Library on Wednesday, 12 December from 10am to 6pm.

The widening of St George’s Plateau, to begin in early 2020, will see Lime Street reduced to a single carriageway for northbound traffic only with access in to the city centre via St John’s Lane.

A key aim of the LCCC scheme is to achieve a major reduction in congestion in the city centre by creating a new hub for buses to park and layover in. This project includes the proposed repositioning of Queen Square bus station for northbound bus routes and Liverpool One bus station for southbound bus routes, which will be underpinned by the Lime Street redesign.

It is estimated the new hub and re-routed bus services will save over 750,000 bus miles and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere every year. A planning application is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Committee on Tuesday, 8 January.

The Lime Street designs also include the installation of a water feature at the southern end of the plateau, which lies within the city’s World Heritage Site. A proposed dedicated cycle lane will no longer feature in the scheme following feedback from the public consultation last year.

The Lime Street revamp will also connect to the improvement works carried out by Ion Developments Ltd with a widened, boulevard style pavement running the entire length up to the Adelphi Hotel, which sits within the Knowledge Quarter Gateway. This area is currently subject to a new masterplan, which will finalised in Spring 2019.

The LCCC scheme aims to boost transport links and further fuel Liverpool’s international appeal to investors, shoppers and tourists with its visitor economy, currently valued at £3.6bn/year, expected to grow by 25% over the next 10 years.

The scheme is receiving £38.4m from the Local Growth Fund with local match funding of £7m and is a major part of Liverpool City Council’s £500m Better Roads programme. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.