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Public views sought on new local transport plan for Liverpool City Region

PEOPLE across the Liverpool City Region are being asked to contribute their thoughts to a public consultation on the area's new Local Transport Plan (LTP). The new plan, which will replace the existing plans that were published in 2011, will be the City Region's 4th LTP, and help shape future improvements to the City Region transport network until 2040

Starting with a clear vision and goals, the plan will provide a blueprint for making the transport network safer, more integrated, more attractive, sustainable and accessible to all; which are the key pillars of Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram's vision for a London style transport system.

It sets out what transport needs to do in order to continue to support communities, our economy and the Combined Authority's wider objectives as a City Region, looking at our overarching ambitions for rail, bus, active travel and more. It also recognises that we live in uncertain times, and where new technology is also changing how we work, live and travel.

Making improvements to our transport network would have a positive and direct impact on communities, including helping people to access new homes, jobs, skills, and everyday services, improving health and quality of life and moving people and goods in a clean and efficient way.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:- "The upcoming Local Transport Plan will play a huge part in shaping how we take our City Region transport network forward in the coming years. This will affect all City Region residents, so we're keen to make sure we get as many views on the draft plan as possible. Please gives us your thoughts via email so we can make sure the plan works towards making an integrated, sustainable and accessible network and achieve Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's aims of a London-style transport system for our City Region."

The plan will be designed to align with wider CA ambitions. For example, it will support the goal of making the City Region achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or sooner.

It will also help support recovery, sustainable growth and development in our City Region in line with the CA's Plan for Prosperity, Climate Action Plan and Spatial Development Strategy

The City Region's £710 million Sustainable Transport Settlement provides very welcome levels of funding to deliver our transport vision over the next 5 years, and this plan will be used to help draw down future funds to deliver the vision.

The consultation runs until Sunday, 31 July 2022. The draft 2st stage of the new LTP, a Vision and Goals document; can be viewed on the Combined Authority website. In depth consultation and engagement will also be happening across the City Region with a wide range of people, young and old.

To take part in the consultation, residents can email:- TransportPolicy@LiverpoolCityRegion-CA.Gov.UK, with their comments.

Mobile UK Calls on Government to Invest in Digital Champions as part of Levelling Up Agenda

MOBILE UK is calling on the UK Government to fund Digital Champions for local authorities to help coordinate and prioritise digital connectivity to better enable mobile infrastructure deployment and to help assist with the Government's ambitions to address digital exclusion as part of the Levelling Up agenda.

The call is made by Mobile UK, the representative body of the UK's 4 mobile network operators:- EE, 3, Virgin Media O2, and Vodafone, and comes as it publishes a new report highlighting the urgent need for Digital Champions to help coordinate mobile infrastructure rollout. The report calls on the UK Government to fund these roles, recognising the financial restraints of local authorities and the importance of digital connectivity whilst alleviating a lack of awareness and understanding about mobile infrastructure in order to improve resources and smooth the rollout of digital connectivity across the UK.

The report, published on 10 May, entitled Building Mobile Britain: The Case for Local Authority Digital Champions, showcases how local authorities who have already embedded a focused digital strategy are streets ahead of those which have yet to create a plan.

The report outlines 5 minimum key attributes needed for a successful Digital Champion role:-

Should be fully funded.

Held at a senior level.

Have political responsibility (be supported by Cabinet level elected representatives)

Have demonstrable skills and experience.

Focused on tangible outcomes, not outputs.

Commenting on the campaign for Digital Champions, Director of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, Gareth Elliott says:- "The Government has placed enormous emphasis in its Levelling Up agenda on improving digital connectivity, particularly to reduce digital poverty and exclusion, but to achieve these goals it is important to understand the need to assist local authorities in helping to prioritise and coordinate mobile infrastructure deployment. Our report highlights the role and dramatic impact a Government-funded Digital Champion, can have on a Council's ability to play a positive role in the rollout of digital connectivity and to support the UK realise its goal of 5G rollout.

The report cites research highlighting that where Councils have a dedicated and funded Digital Champion, they are 4 times more likely to deliver a smooth rollout of vital mobile telecommunications infrastructure. The report also explains that without adequate focus and funding the UK will continue to face barriers in meeting its 2030 target for the majority of households to be connected to 5G.

Visit our Digital Champions page on our site to read the report and find out more details.

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