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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-03

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Funding approved for sustainable transport schemes

WIRRAL Council's transport network is set for further improvements after the Council leader accepted a grant of more than ₤3 million from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Following on from announcements earlier this month that the Council is investing more than ₤5 million on programmes to improve highway maintenance works and integrated transport in Wirral, yesterday's decision will enable several sustainable transport projects to proceed.

The allocation of ₤3,025,000 will allow Wirral Council to carry out the 2nd Phase of the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Programme (STEP) that improves pedestrian and bicycle access to areas in Wirral that are vital to economic growth in the area. The Council will also contribute more than ₤250,000 to the scheme, bringing the total investment to ₤3,282,000.

Council Leader, Cllr Phil Davies, said:- "I am delighted Wirral has been successful in securing more than ₤3 million to deliver 5 major transport projects; helping to make key employment and retail sites in the borough more attractive, more accessible and less congested. The success of our economy depends upon good transport links. We are working constantly to make it easier and safer to travel around Wirral and we will continue to invest in our local infrastructure to keep the borough moving."

The 5 schemes which will benefit from this latest funding award are:-

Northbank East ? to improve pedestrian and cycle access to Wirral Waters' West Float development

East Float / Duke Street ? improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to safely use this key route between Birkenhead and Wallasey to access employment opportunities

Campbelltown Road ? improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists to Rock Retail Park and employment opportunities around the Cammell Laird site

New Chester Road ? improving connections between the Croft Retail Park and the Wirral International Business Park

A41 Carlett Park link ? improved and safer links to the International Business Park for cyclists and pedestrians, including the provision of a new off-road route and new crossings.

STEP is a 6 year programme across the Liverpool City Region running from 2015 to 2021. After the announcement of the Growth Deal in 2014, the Government made a total of ₤41.4m available to the LCR to deliver the programme. Wirral initially received ₤1.7 million in July 2015, for years 1 and 2 of the local STEP programme.

Cllr Davies added:- "We have pledged to provide a transport and technology infrastructure in Wirral that is fit for the future and this funding will help us to deliver that in the next 3 years by ensuring safe, affordable, well maintained and efficient transport networks which give local residents better access to employment opportunities, leisure facilities and community services."


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