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Merseytravel welcomes funding for schemes to improve rail and road links
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon George Osborne MP, has been in Liverpool to announce a package of measures to support the city’s science and transport infrastructure.
He has announced:
A £10.4 million upgrade to the Halton Curve rail line to improve connectivity between Liverpool, Cheshire, Warrington and North Wales.
£5.6 million to improve access and road safety around Knowsley Industrial Park.
£4m of improvements to A5300 Knowsley Expressway to maximise the benefits of the New Mersey crossing and access to Liverpool Airport.
A £14.4m upgrade of the car parking and public transport connections on the Newton-le-Willows rail interchange link to Parkside.
Said Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel:
“We warmly welcome the announcement. The funding for four of the City Region’s top priority infrastructure schemes supports our Growth Deal and the push to get the Liverpool City Region properly plugged into the northern powerhouse.
“Better connectivity across the city region and beyond not only boosts our economic potential, but pulls northern cities and towns closer together, helping rebalance the whole UK economy.
“As a City Region we’re focusing on those projects that will bring real economic and social benefit. The Halton Curve will improve rail links between the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and North Wales unlocking job and leisure opportunities. Improvements to Newton le Willows station will boost the benefits of electrification that will see journeys from Liverpool to Manchester in as little as 30 minutes. It will also support the development of Parkside.
“Both of these schemes are firmly within our long term rail strategy which is focused on developing the network to support and grow the Liverpool City Region economy over the next 30 years. They and the two other schemes announced – Access Improvements to Knowsley Industrial Park and the A5300 Knowsley Expressway, also support the City Region’s objective of creating a freight and logistics hub.
“We look forward to hearing that the City Region has been successful in securing funding for more of its Growth Deal bids in the formal announcement next week.”
A train at Southport Station bound for Manchester
Interesting indeed and the Coalition Government’s investment in Merseyside is not to be sniffed at but the obvious missing project here is the long-desired improvement in the rail link from Southport to Wigan and Manchester. Southport is within the Liverpool City Region and its economy depends on good transport links, which it has to the south of seaside Town. However, the transport links to the east and north of Southport are poor as I have posted about on this site before. The rail link to Preston was lost in the Beeching era and the present railway line to the east offers a poor quality of service. I will return to this issue soon but the big issue here is that we need the City Region and Merseytravel to join the battle to upgrade the line and for them to put a compelling case to Government for the funding.
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