19:09 28 January 2019
Liverpool City Council has confirmed that it is going to install forty new traffic cameras across all major routes at the end of February as part of a £1.1million government funded programme.
The cameras are equipped with automatic plate recognition technology and would be used to count the amount of traffic and type of vehicles and engine type on the city’s main road.
Councillor James Noakes, Cabinet member for highways, transport and streetscene, said: “Liverpool’s a growing city and, as with other cities, we have high levels of traffic and it causes around 70 percent of air pollution.
“The quality of air we breathe affects our health and wellbeing and we are all affected by it, particularly children and the elderly, and long-term exposure can contribute to heart disease, stroke and lung diseases like asthma.
“This is a key piece of work to understand the challenges that we face and we know that as a council we have to play our part. We are leading by example, by changing our fleet of vehicles to be greener, encouraging hackney drivers to move over to less polluting vehicles and working with Merseytravel to deliver a better and cleaner bus service.
“We’re looking to reduce traffic congestion in key areas – like the Strand, new Islington and Bowring Park Road by the Rocket - and making improvements to roads and walk ways to encourage people to walk and cycle more.