Liverpool to open fast lane for pedestrians

The UK city of Liverpool is to be the first in the world to have dedicated lanes for fast-walking pedestrians (pictured).

The "fast tracks" will be located in the middle of the Liverpool One shopping centre until the end of this week.

A majority of British pedestrians have told pollsters that they would like a fast lane installed on their local high street to reduce the time spent negotiating dawdling shoppers.

UK retailer Argos conducted a survey and found that 47% of shoppers found the slow pace of pedestrians to be their biggest problem on the high street.

Other bugbears included pavement-hogs, general overcrowding and the need to carry heavy bags.

Andy Brown, central operations director at Argos, said: "Shoppers have also told us that speed is critical when getting around their high street or town centre, so we want to test consumer reaction to a dedicated pavement fast lane. We hope it alleviates some of the biggest high street frustrations."

It is unclear whether the lane will be continued after the pilot.

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Images via Argos

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