Imagine a traffic free Dale Street and the demolition of the Churchill flyover
Once thought unthinkable by some, it may yet become a reality - sooner than you might think.
There would be cheers from many to see the end of the flyover that is widely considered a blight on Liverpool city centre (but necessary at the moment).
From Sunday vehicles travelling along the side of the flyover into Dale Street will only be able to turn right into Hatton Garden while road works are carried out.
The council estimates that half the traffic traveling along Dale Street is headed for the Strand it wants drivers to use the Leeds Street dual carriageway which is effectively an inner ring road.
"Encouraging some of these vehicles to use more appropriate routes, such as Hatton Garden onto Leeds Street, could reduce the traffic by a quarter on one of the oldest streets in the city centre," states the council in a press release announcing the move.
"Removing the traffic onto Hatton Garden will also reduce the number of traffic light phases at this junction so there will be more 'green' time for traffic entering Dale Street from Crosshall Street which is a key public transport route.
"Dale Street is a vital link between the Commercial District and the rest of the city centre so fewer vehicles will make pedestrian movement safer, as well as increasing the safety of the workers delivering the road improvements.
"The closure, which will block one of three flows of traffic moving onto Dale Street, is temporary.
"However, its effect will be closely monitored and consultation will begin to consider a permanent solution for the junction.
"If the closure is made permanent, it will allow the creation of a large pedestrian/public space outside the magistrate courts which will increase pedestrian safety while the reduction of traffic volume on Dale Street will further improve road safety as well as reducing noise and vibration, improve air quality, and create a better public transport route."
This is likely to be just the first part of the council's agenda to reduce traffic in Dale Street.
It is true to say that it is heavily used by buses which would present a problem for fully pedestrianising the road.
But the next logical step in reducing traffic would be the closure of the Churchill flyover...