Overhead Returns?

The Liverpool Overhead Railway or "Dockers Umbrella", as many affectionately referred to it, ran the length of Liverpool's working port up until 1957 when costs to maintain and repair the ageing structure became uneconomical.

The Overhead railway is a key part of Liverpool's city history and is a lost hallmark of a global, outward looking Liverpool that based its built environment and infrastructure more on Chicago and New York than that of the UK.

Sadly, like many other great structures and architecture, the line was lost as the city declined, but given Liverpool's obvious and increasing revival, with the city's focus again being its waterfront, is it time to see a return of this line to connect what is a growing number of major attractions and residential districts along the waterfront, not to mention the expanding port?

The visuals below are part of an ongoing project for y-imby to visualise a return of the Liverpool Overhead Railway, whether that be light rail similar to London's DLR or perhaps something more akin to the monorails found in Seattle, Sydney and Dubai.



The line we propose would largely run along the original route of the former Liverpool Overhead Railway, with new stations at established attractions such as the Pier Head as well as close to new developments, including provision for the multi-billion pound development by Peel at Liverpool Waters, Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, as well as connecting to new developments at Bootle Strand, Stanley Dock, Dingle, Sefton Park, Festival Gardens and Garston.

One of the key elements of the route illustrated is the creation of an extension of the line to Liverpool airport - a vital piece of missing city infrastructure that could take passengers to and from the city centre in less than 20 minutes, whilst connecting at key points to the extensive Merseyrail network.

With ever more investment of scale at our world famous waterfront it is now time to explore how we connect these developments effectively to ensure, as our city centre expands, that the movement of people does not become something that holds the city's progress back.

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