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.