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Weekly Edition - Published  28 July 2016


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Regional fund boost for transport in Wirral

SCHEMES to improve the safety and efficiency of many key routes in Wirral will be made possible thanks to a funding boost from Liverpool City Region.  Cabinet this week agreed to accept funding of £1,375,000 from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Integrated Transport Block.

This money will support delivery of schemes to improve capacity and safety on our road network and improve cycling and walking routes all of which contribute to the economic development of the borough and commitments made in the Council's Transport Strategy, Connecting Wirral.

Each of the 4 constituency areas:– Birkenhead, Wallasey, Wirral West and Wirral South; will each be allocated £32,500 out of the funding for their own local schemes which contribute to these objectives.

Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet member for Transport and Infrastructure, said:- "As a Council, we are doing all we can to develop Wirral's economy and encourage investment and jobs to the area, with all the benefits that will bring to the community.  Having a safe, efficient road network is a key component to that and we are delighted to receive this financial boost to help us make a raft of improvements on many of our key routes over the next year (2016 to 2017). In addition to assisting economic growth, the schemes we are putting forward will also reduce casualties on the roads and contribute to reductions in carbon emissions by encouraging more walking and cycling."

The projects proposed for progression as a result of this funding include work on the A41 New Ferry By-pass to encourage drivers to adhere to the speed limit, improvements to roundabouts at Clatterbridge Road / Thornton Common Road and Column Road / Caldy Road, Caldy and the conversion of obsolete 'pelican' crossings to Toucan or Puffin crossings at various locations across the borough.

Proposals for improved cycling provision are earmarked for the A41 at Eastham and near Pool Lane, Bromborough and alongside the River Birket between Pasture Road to Reeds Lane in Leasowe.


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