to improve City's highways
LIVERPOOL is to invest £80m
over the next 8 years in improving the condition of the City's
highways network. The move is expected to deliver major
savings for the City by reducing urgent and on-going highway repairs; which can often be more costly than a planned improvement
programme; and reducing public liability claims.
The City's Cabinet will be asked, on Friday, 21 February 2014, to give the
go ahead to the plans, which will drastically cut Liverpool's £256m
highways maintenance backlog by 2022.
Under the proposals, major work will take place to improve the
poorest sections of the highway network, particularly the strategic
gateways into Liverpool and key links within the City. The work,
which will include carriageway resurfacing and pothole repairs, will
be carried out over 8 years, avoiding simultaneous work on
neighbouring routes, to keep disruption to a minimum.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "A lack of investment
is primarily due to a shortage of central government funding; over a
number of years, has seen our roads continue to deteriorate. I am
constantly talking to local people about the potholes and damaged
road surfaces which not only damage cars, but damage our City's
image. We want to take significant steps in putting that right.
The delivery of £6m road improvements at Sefton Park was one of my
first priorities as Mayor and has transformed the experience of
driving and cycling around the park. I'm determined that as many of
our key roads as possible are brought up to a similarly high
Liverpool City Council would secure £80m of funding for the work by
using money which is known as:- 'capital and capital investment'.
This is money which the City Council is not allowed to spend on
day-to day services but which can only be spent on property and
assets, such as land and our roads. In household terms, capital is
similar to borrowing through a mortgage and using the money to buy a
house or pay for an extension.
The City Council will also seek to identify sources of additional
private and other public sector funding, including utility
companies, throughout the programme, to help finance the work.
Currently, the City Council receives approximately £3.5m each year
from central government for the maintenance of its highways,
including carriageways, footways, street lighting, and highway
structures. This annual funding will be directed towards the
on-going maintenance of roads not included in the £80m investment
programme, such as unclassified roads, and B and C roads.
Mayor Anderson added:- "We know that significant investment is
required to improve our highways network. But we also understand the
huge economic benefits of well-maintained, high-quality highways.
They keep traffic flowing, keep vehicle running costs low, and by
ensuring people and goods can move efficiently, make our City a more
desirable place to live, work, visit and do business. This
work will significantly reduce our highways maintenance backlog over
the coming years, and as such, is an important component in the
on-going regeneration and development of our City."
Key areas which could benefit from the City's £80m highways
► Islington & surrounding areas
► Kensington/Prescot Road (Low Hill to Newton Road)
► Parliament Street and Upper Parliament Street
► St James Street/St James Place/Park Place
► Smithdown Road/Allerton Road
► Scotland Road/Kirkdale Road/ Walton Road/County Road
► Walton Vale/County Road
► East Lancashire Road
► Edge Lane
Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said:-
"These proposals are hugely important for Liverpool. Our highways
network has been in desperate need of investment for many years and
this approach gives us the opportunity to unlock funding which can
drive up the quality of roads across our City.
We are identifying those routes which carry huge volumes of traffic,
which are of the most strategic importance to the City, and which
are in poor condition. We will then deliver a programme which not
only improves those roads, but which ensures they remain in good
condition for many years to come. We will also be looking to take
the opportunity to introduce new cycle lanes where appropriate. This
investment will be welcomed by motorists who have demanded that
something is done to improve the condition of our roads. We have
listened, and we are taking action."
Roads will be prioritised based on condition and other factors, such
as strategic importance, economic benefits, development potential of
the area and the cost of on-going maintenance. The programme will
continually evolve and a revised programme will be prepared annually
to meet the changing needs of the City.
Robust engineering techniques will be used to ensure that the roads
will be durable into the future, and condition data for each road
section will be monitored throughout the programme delivery period.
The Highway Network Investment Programme will be delivered by Amey
LG Limited, under the Council's existing contract for Highways.
North West Euro-MP nominated for
A North West area MEP has been
shortlisted to win a prestigious award for his services to the
environment. Liberal Democrat Chris Davies has been nominated
to become a Parliamentarian of the Year for his work in promoting
reform of Europe's common fisheries policy.
All 766 MEPs will now vote to select the winners in each category
who will be presented by The Parliament magazine with their awards
at a ceremony in Brussels next month.
Davies has led the 85 strong European Liberal Democrat group on the
EU Parliament Environment committee since he was elected in 1999. He
has been described by WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, as one of
the 'most influential' MEPs for building coalitions in
support of measures to protect the environment.
The MEP formed a cross-party campaign group:- 'Fish for the Future',
which helped to secure the votes of 502 MEPs in favour of ambitious
The new fisheries policy is already being credited with helping to
rebuild Europe's depleted fish stocks. A ban on the discard of fish
will be phased in from next year.
Davies said:- "Reforming the CFP was a team achievement and I
am hugely pleased to have played a part in bringing it about.
Overfishing and bad practices have cut fish stocks and cost jobs,
but we now have fishermen and scientists working together to bring
about improvement. The future for fish and our fishermen is looking
I was elected as an MEP to work with our European partners to find
shared solutions to the problems we face in common. Our new approach
to fishing policy shows how successful that can sometimes be."
Davies's rivals for the award on the shortlist are French centre
right MEP Maurice Ponga and German Green Reinhard Butikofer.
Work starts on
multi-million pound Exhibition Centre and Hotel
WORK on a world class
exhibition centre and hotel on Liverpool's waterfront; which will
form part of the City's Arena and Convention Centre; is underway.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, visited the construction site of
the £40m Exhibition Centre Liverpool and £26m integrated hotel at
Kings Dock on Monday, 17 February 2014. He was joined at the site by
Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool; David McDonnell,
chairman of ACC Liverpool; and Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing
director of ISG Construction, to see the scheme beginning to take
It is a significant milestone in the City's plans to become a leader
in hosting large scale trade and consumer exhibitions. The
8,100 sqm, 3 hall exhibition centre and the 216 room 'headquarters'
hotel will form part of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre
and Echo Arena.
The Exhibition Centre is being delivered at no cost to Council
taxpayers. Funding is raised through borrowing, paid for through
income generated by the centre. This type of capital borrowing is
similar to a mortgage and cannot be used to fund day-to-day
services, but can be invested in developments which bring economic
benefits. The City Council is using this 'invest to earn' approach
to drive forward new developments, with any surplus ploughed back
into providing services.
With work now underway, the new facilities are expected to be open
for business by summer 2015.
Mayor Anderson said:- "Delivering a world class exhibition
centre is a major priority for me. I've pushed this project hard
from the beginning, because I know what a huge economic boost it
will bring to our City and the jobs it will create. It's a great
example of how we are investing to earn.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the integrated hotel will help us
become one of Europe's leading destinations for large conferences,
exhibitions and events. It's great news for our City that despite
the difficult economic climate, we continue to drive forward with
delivering important regeneration schemes like this.
I'm delighted work is now underway on this fantastic facility; it's
yet another important landmark in the on-going growth and
development of our waterfront."
Exhibition Centre Liverpool will be capable of hosting large
conferences, trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports
events on a national and international scale. Plans for the facility
include an atrium, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three
halls will each be 2,700 sqm and will be separated by movable walls.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said:-
Liverpool has proved a success since opening six years ago,
generating £760m in economic impact for the City region and hosting
a series of high profile conferences, concerts and sporting events.
Adding an exhibition centre will help us to develop our complex, and
the world class waterfront, further welcoming a wider range of
attractions including global conferences, exhibitions, concerts and
international sporting events.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool has been several years in the planning
and we are pleased to see the construction site already taking shape
as our exciting journey to become the UK's newest and most exciting
destination for large trade and consumer exhibitions progresses."
Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the integrated hotel will be
directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, via
an interlinking bridge.
The initial phase of the building work will see the installation of
piling and foundations to fix the building to the sandstone bedrock
20 metres underneath the site. An underground tunnel will be built
during this stage to provide services to the hall floors. The next
stage will see the start of the steelwork erected for the exhibition
centre and the concrete frame for the hotel.
Archaeologists carried out excavations over the past 6 months and
discovered sections of the dock wall from 1780. The foundations will
be installed to retain some of these original features.
In its first year of operation, Exhibition Centre Liverpool is
expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000
visitors. It is estimated that the exhibition and event
programme will support 1,300 jobs in the wider economy and
contribute in the region of £40 million per year in economic benefit
to the Merseyside area.
Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing director of ISG's Construction
business, added:- "Reaching such an important milestone in the
development of this world class exhibition venue has only been
achieved through the determination, innovation and commitment of
every single project partner. Today marks the transformation of this
ambitious vision into reality as we commence construction of both
the new exhibition centre and integrated hotel at ACC Liverpool.
There is a real opportunity here to create a long lasting legacy
that is transformational for the local community. By utilising the
skills and expertise of the local supply chain and providing
training and apprenticeship opportunities, ISG is further
strengthening its commitment to ambitious and hard working
individuals in Merseyside, while supporting high quality regional
Merseyside's The Chrysalis Fund invested £8m into the Exhibition
Centre scheme. Chairman Jim Gill said:- "This deal is an
important milestone for the fund and represents our commitment to
invest in high quality urban regeneration schemes in the Liverpool
City Region. It is fantastic that the loan will be used towards such
an important scheme for the City which will bring about job creation
and economic benefits; the 2 main drivers behind the Chrysalis Fund
The Chrysalis Fund initiative is backed by the European Investment
Bank, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and European Regional
Development Fund under the JESSICA (Joint European Support for
Sustainable Investment in City Areas) programme. It launched in 2012
to re-ignite employment - creating commercial and industrial
property development projects in Merseyside.