Liverpool Lime Street October 2018

Baltic Triangle station leads £173m transport investment

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to invest nearly £173m in 18 transport and infrastructure schemes, including the creation of new train stations in the Baltic Triangle and at Headbolt Lane, along with major interventions in the region’s cycling network.

Large-scale investments at Lime Street station, a remodelling of Birkenhead Central, improved interchange options at Lea Green railway station, supporting Runcorn’s “Station Quarter” ambitions, and cycle routes from Wirral Waters to Birkenhead are all mooted as part of the £172.5m deal from the Transforming Cities Fund, due to be signed off by the Combined Authority at a meeting next week.

These schemes, which are to be delivered over a five-year period, have been subdivided into three themes.

Under the first theme of “improving and expanding the public transport network to meet new areas of demand” ten projects were put forward:

  • Transforming the space around Runcorn Station
  • Improving interchange options for Lea Green station
  • Providing infrastructure to deliver high capacity, quality, wireless connectivity for the new Merseyrail fleet
  • Developing on board battery technology for the new Merseyrail fleet
  • The extension of Merseyrail through to a new station at Headbolt Lane from Kirkby
  • The creation of an obstacle free and accessible route from the train station entrances to the platforms
  • A new station in the Baltic Triangle, South of Liverpool Central
  • A remodelling of Birkenhead Central and new road access from Hind Street to the station
  • Developing further Lime Street station capacity in light of HS2

The second theme, “improving the appeal of public transport, and particularly bus, against private transport”, had four proposed projects:

  • Developing green bus routes as part of a package of improvements on the A57, A562, B5178, A59 and A567 commuting corridors
  • Streamlining and enhancing the transport ticketing system to deliver simple multi-modal tickets for customers across the region
  • Accelerating the deployment of responsible bus services
  • Upgrades to the region’s UTC Traffic Systems network scheme

The third theme, “intervening for health and wellbeing”, also received four proposals.

  • Developing a first phase of a 600km cycle route across the region
  • Developing a second phase of a 600km cycle route in Wirral and Halton
  • Purchasing two low carbon ferries and related infrastructure
  • Creating a multi-user route from Wirral Waters to Birkenhead

The Liverpool City Region was granted the money to “support interlinking interventions which will transform sustainable transport connectivity in key commuter routes.”

The funding will be divided unevenly over the period; £10m is to be used between 2018 to 2019; £30m between 2019 to 2020; £40m between 2020 to 2021; £40m between 2021 to 2022; and a final £38.5m between 2022 and 2023.

The Combined Authority warned that the £172.5m fund will not be able to cover all 18 schemes, with other funding sources needed to bring forward all of the project.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This ambitious £172.5m programme will help to drive economic growth that benefits everyone in our city region by dramatically improving sustainable transport across our city region.

“By making it easier for people to get around, and access jobs and opportunities, using public transport or by walking and cycling, we will boost prosperity, help our environment, and improve health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Liam Robinson, portfolio holder for transport and air quality, said: “These proposals mark one of the combined authority’s most significant investments yet in making our transport system more sustainable. By increasing our public transport network and making it more attractive, as well as making it easier for people to get around on foot or by bike, we are giving a green boost to our city region’s economy, that will benefit everyone who lives and works here.”

The schemes identified for potential funding will still have to be approved through the usual appraisal process.

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Baltic Triangle station: fantastic news for our digital sector and this whole creative quarter. Headbolt Lane long overdue for Tower Hill and Northwood. Make sure this is the first stage of the link to Skem.

By Liverpolitan

Surely Anfield will also need a new station when the stadium is expanded in the next few years? Great news about the Baltic station, that part of town needs this to happen for all the residential schemes and businesses there.

By L15 red

The plans go up to 2023 and yet no proposal for a rail link to Liverpool Airport. All other Northern airports will have rail links provided under the auspices of the Northern Powerhouse. Why not Liverpool?

By Forward thinker

Mentioned in this article is Wirral Waters…where exactly is this because Its not even started yet and probably pie in the sky from WBC and Peal Holdings.As usual Wirrall gets next to nothing while Liverpool gets the lot …nothing new here.

By Barry Brown

The Baltic area has potential to transform from a dull industrial area into interesting and vibrant part of the city centre. However it lacks connectivity with the rest of the city and is visually very boring, at least the first point is being addressed.

By Anon

The Baltic Triangle links back to the city centre through old Chinatown, Nelson Street, and to the Waterfront opposite Royal Albert Dock and the Exhibition Centre. It’s a very large area. I would anticipate a boost to this whole area including old Chinatown too. One of the liveliest parts of the Baltic is the area near the Cains Brewery Village. The station will be here on the corner of Parliament Street and St. James Place and close to the Dingle. I think this station will boost a large part of the city. Upper Parliament Street, just across the road is a very beautiful area, with lots of listed buildings as it rises up the hill to the cathedral and beyond into Toxteth. Huge potential for the city. This station will be money very well spent I’m sure.
A station at the airport would give an immeasurable boost connecting the new hi-tech areas of Baltic, Ten Streets and the whole of our city region directly! Get this one planned in!

By Liverpolitan

Good news! Barry only two of these schemes are in Liverpool, the majority focus on the wider LCR area. But would like to see some rail to link Skelmersdale, and better links with the airport.

By Anonymous

Looks good – now get on and deliver it. It’s no good to biz just on paper.

By Laura

Surely with all this money I would have thought Halton residents would be able to use there Concessonary Travel pass on the trains as do all other LCR residents can,after all we pay into LCR fund.

By Mike Halton Resident