Big Dig (Liverpool)

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For other projects of the same name, see Big Dig.

The Big Dig was a collection of various civil engineering projects in Liverpool to regenerate the city.

The scheme was a ten-year plan for the city's 2008 European Capital of Culture status. The city gained a new shopping centre Liverpool One. It cost around £3bn and created 14,000 jobs and included a rationalisation of the city centre traffic network.[1]


Implementation of the scheme was protracted and severely hampered the ability of the city to perform as a commercial centre. The cancellation of the 2007 Mathew Street Festival was directly attributed to the 'big dig'.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Liverpool City Council. "Big Dig". 

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