Wizard of Oz theme lights up town

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Aspects of the new £1.6m scheme lighting the path up Eberle Street for Liverpool's clubbers and commuters.

Aspects of the new £1.6m scheme lighting the path up Eberle Street for Liverpool’s clubbers and commuters. Pics by Hollie Hayes © JMU Journalism

Liverpool’s LGBT quarter has undergone a complete revamp inspired by the Wizard of Oz movie.

The improvements in Eberle Street are part of a £1.6m scheme funded by the Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council to improve the commercial district and the pedestrian connections linking it to the retail sector.

The district now boasts two bespoke designed Eberle Street signs along with LED lighting across the thoroughfare to compliment unique hexagon shapes displaying a yellow brick road and Emerald City from the iconic film.

The contribution by the council is part of a citywide £250m Better Roads programme

Alvero Costella, marketing manager of Commercial District BID, said: “[The purpose] was mainly to increase the links in between the commercial district area and the shopping area.

The brand new tiles leading up Eberle street in Liverpool's Commercial District displaying various references to the iconic film.

The new tiles leading up Eberle street in Liverpool’s Commercial District displaying various references to the iconic film. Pic by Hollie Hayes © JMU Journalism

“There are 50,000 employees working in the commercial area and after they have finished their shift they’re jumping to their cars or train stations, so we have tried to increase the links.

“Everything looks more connected and feels closer to walk.”

Award-winning Liverpool-based designers BCA Landscape and Amey Consulting have worked alongside the input of local stakeholders and BID businesses to develop a creative redesign by local firm King Construction.

Bixteth Street, Earle Street, Edmund Street, Exchange Street East, George Street, Hackins Hey, Moorefields, Tempest Hey, Leather Lane, North John Street, Old Hall Street and Prussia Street also benefited from the £1.6m improvements.

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