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Mayor Steve Rotheram announces that new £12m cycle funding will be a 'down payment' on his active travel ambitions

MAYOR Steve Rotheram has announced an additional funding £12m of has been secured to build high quality walking and cycling routes across the Liverpool City Region.

Outlining his ambition to make the Region the best place in the country to walk and cycle, he said the new funding would be a down payment on the active travel network he has pledged to deliver for the City region.

Mayor Rotheram was speaking at the City Region's 1st Active Travel Summit, held at the Combined Authority's headquarters in Mann Island and attended by advocates, community activists and policymakers.

Speakers at the event include:-d Chris Boardman MBE, Olympic gold medal winning cyclist and Interim Commissioner for Active Travel England, and Rosslyn Colderley, Director in the North of sustainability transport charity Sustrans.

The money will be used to create safe, segregated bike paths and footways and improve junctions across all 6 boroughs of the Liverpool City Region - Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:- "For far too long, many in our Region have been forced to contend with a fragmented, under-funded public transport system that doesn't offer them what they deserver a quality alternative to the car; we're putting that right. I want to start an active travel revolution here in the Liverpool City Region; 1 that offers better connected, green routes that will make it easier than ever for people to choose cleaner ways to travel. Across all 6 boroughs, we've invested millions to upgrade our walking and cycling routes to the rest of our network, linking entire communities up to areas and opportunities that before seemed out of reach. Not only will it do wonders for people's health, but it's a massive boost for our local environment too! The more we can encourage people to leave the car at home for shorter journeys, the better we can reduce congestion on our roads - massively improving our carbon footprint and the quality of the air we breathe. The Active Travel Summit is just the beginning of journey to building a healthier, cleaner City region, where no 1 is left behind."

There will also be funding to deliver School Streets schemes which reduce traffic congestion and pollution at School gates during pick up and drop off times.

The package includes:- cash for low traffic:- 'Liveable Neighbourhoods,' which recent research from Sustrans showed were supported by 69% of people in the City region.

There will also be a:- "Mini Holland" feasibility study to assess how parts of the Region can be made as pedestrian and cycle-friendly as similar neighbourhoods in Dutch Towns and cities.

The £12m has been unlocked from the Government's Active Travel Fund and comes in addition to the £30m already invested by the Mayor and Combined Authority in new walking and cycling infrastructure.

It is also on top of more than £200m from the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) committed to delivering highway upgrades, from carriageway resurfacing works to streetlights, that will support the improvement of cycling and walking routes.

This pushes the total amount of funding that will help deliver a strong Active Travel network across the Liverpool City Region to close to a quarter of a billion pounds.

Simon O'Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for the Liverpool City Region said:- "It's fantastic to see these additional funds being awarded to the Liverpool City region, to really help us push forward with our plans to help people travel by bike or foot more safely and with confidence. It's also an amazing opportunity to help change the way we think about travelling around our local area, including:- to and from Schools. The kind of schemes that will be delivered by this funding will encourage people to get out of their cars and help to create a whole new generation of walkers and cyclists."


The City of Liverpool College to host major careers fair with a variety of jobs on offer

THE City of Liverpool College is set to embark on a major recruitment drive and will be hosting a careers fair to help fill the many jobs available.

Following a year of significant growth in student admissions and applications, the College has opened a number of opportunities to help build their pool of bank workers ahead of what is expected to be a thriving new academic year.

Various bank lecturing roles spanning all subject fields will be showcased at the event, along with roles in support, including:- admin, progress leaders, learning support and catering assistant vacancies.

Subject areas recruiting for bank lecturers include:- Expressive Arts and Media, Digital, Sustainable Construction and Building Services, Academic Studies, ESOL, Health, Social Care, Sport and Public Services, Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics and Engineering, Green Technologies and Logistics.

Required experience and qualifications will be dependent on the role jobseekers are applying for, however people of all backgrounds and skillsets are encouraged to attend.

The careers fair presents those who are seeking a new role, considering a job change or looking to get back into work, and is an exciting opportunity to secure a position with the College at a time where all areas have seen significant progression and growth.

The careers fair will be hosted by the College's Human Resources team who will be present on the day to answer any questions and offer information regarding the bank hiring process.

There will also be a range of academic and support management staff available to discuss the specific roles with jobseekers.

Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College, said:- "We are excited to showcase the many exciting opportunities we have on offer at the College as we bring this event to the heart of the City. We are delighted that the College has seen such a significant increase in its enrolments, allowing us to provide employment and skills opportunities for all people of various backgrounds. There has never been a more exciting time to join our team. With so many different roles opening up, we're calling out to all jobseekers, whether they are people in work and looking for a change, or those out of work hoping to kick-start their career, to come along. We're anticipating a huge turnout on the day and look forward to welcoming locals to our thriving institute and showcase why the College is a great place to work."

The careers fair will be taking place, on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm, at the Learning Exchange building on Roscoe Street.

Anyone interested in attending the fair can simply turn up on the day with no registration or ticket needed.

For further information about the event, people can email:- Recruitment@LIV-Coll.AC.UK.


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