Merseytravel secures £20million investment for Merseyside

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Merseyside is to benefit from £19.99 million of central government money after Merseytravel and the five Merseyside Councils were successful in their bid into the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

“The funding will act as a real boost in our campaign to encourage people across Merseyside to leave their cars at home and switch to sustainable travel.

Bidding on behalf of the Merseyside Transport Partnership (MTP), Merseytravel had already secured £4.88 million in July 2011 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The additional £19.99 million will enable the extension of the original schemes, and fund new schemes that will help individuals to travel to employment, and improve access to employment sites, which will support economic regeneration in Merseyside.

Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said; “This is great news for the travelling public of the region, and just reward for the officers of Merseytravel and our partners for their hard work in bidding into the LSTF grant scheme.

“We are particularly pleased that the funding will also help those in disadvantaged communities to increase access to opportunities and widen travel horizons.”

Among a raft of initiatives funded by the grant MTP, led by Merseytravel, will introduce

  •     Business Travel Support Advisors and Personalised Travel Planning to complement improvements on Quality Partnership bus routes services
  •     Develop Community Travel Hubs in areas such as Speke, Liverpool City Centre, East Wirral and Kirkby.
  •     Introduce Cycle Buddy schemes and Cycle Hire in Liverpool City Centre and a Liverpool Lime Street Cycle Hub.
  •     Develop facilities at key employment destinations for active travel users like Cycle Parking and changes to access arrangements

Cllr Robinson continued; “The funding will act as a real boost in our campaign to encourage people across Merseyside to leave their cars at home and switch to sustainable travel. It will enable employers to work with their staff to help them make healthy, green and cost efficient travel choices.

It also means that people who currently access public transport will benefit from improved facilities and enhanced interoperability between modes of traditional and sustainable transport; for example through the development of cycle hubs.

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