£172M investment into region’s transport

The investment will see major development including new train station, the expansion of Liverpool Central and new ferries.

LIVERPOOL City Region Combined Authority has approved plans to invest £172 million in public and sustainable transport to drive inclusive growth across the city region.

The Combined Authority has set out a priority list of 18 green transport projects, including new stations, new Mersey ferries and major improvements to public transport. All of the identified projects must still go through a full appraisal process.

Speaking about the schemes, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This ambitious £172.5 million programme will help to drive economic growth that benefits everyone in our city region by dramatically improving sustainable transport across our city region.

“By making it easier for people to get around, and access jobs and opportunities, using public transport or by walking and cycling, we will boost prosperity, help our environment, and improve health and wellbeing.”

Projects to be supported through the Transporting Cities Fund must fall into three main themes: improving and expanding the public transport network to meet new areas of demand; improving the appeal of public transport; and improving health and wellbeing.

The projects identified for potential funding, subject to developing a robust business case and being approved through the usual appraisal process, are:

  • Runcorn Station Quarter
This project will transform the existing space around the existing Runcorn station
  • Eastern City Region Connections

A package of improvements aimed at improving the interchange options for Lea Green station

  • Rolling Stock Technological Enhancements (TCIS)

Provision of infrastructure to deliver high capacity/quality wireless connectivity for the new Merseyrail fleet

  • Rolling Stock Technological Enhancements(IPEMU)

Development of on-board battery technology for the new Merseyrail fleet

  • Headbolt Lane Gateway

This proposal extends Merseyrail through to a new station at Headbolt Lane from Kirkby

  • Access for All     

To create an obstacle free, accessible route from train station entrances to the platform

  • St James Station Gateway

New station located in the Baltic Triangle, south of Liverpool Central

  • Liverpool Central Expansion

Liverpool Central Station Expansion Study

  • Birkenhead Central Gateway

Re-modelling of the station and new road access from Hind Street

  • HS2 Station Commission

Lime Street station is close to passenger capacity. The objective is to develop station capacity to facilitate high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail services

Theme 2: Improving the appeal of public transport, and particularly bus, against private transport

  • Green Bus Routes

Green Bus Routes – developing a package of improvements on the A57, A562, B5178, A59 and A567 commuting corridors

  • Smart Ticketing

Streamlining and enhancing the transport ticketing system to deliver simple multi modal ticketing for customers across the LCR

  • Demand Responsive Transport Solutions

Accelerating the deployment of demand responsible bus services

  • Public Transport Connectivity

LCR Urban Traffic Control Traffic Systems scheme network upgrade

Theme 3: Intervening for health and wellbeing

  • LCR Cycle Network (Phase 1)

Phase 1 of developing a network of 600km of commuter cycle routes across the LCR

  • LCR Cycle Network (Phase 2)

Phase 2 of developing a network of 600km of commuter cycle routes across the LCR (Wirral & Halton)

  • Mersey Ferries replacement

The purchase of two new low carbon ferries and associated infrastructure

  • Connecting Wirral Waters

Multi user route from Wirral Waters to Birkenhead