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Merseyside cycling and walking routes get £8.3m funding

The first phase of a wider 373-mile walking and cycling route across the Liverpool City Region is set to go ahead after securing £8.3m of funding.

The proposed network is focussed on upgrades to 31 key routes across the region; these link Liverpool city centre to Speke; Prescot with Runcorn; Seaforth to Southport; and Leasowe to Seacombe Ferry Terminal.

The latter route is designed to join Leasowe train station with the numerous housing and employment sites planned for Wirral Waters as well as the ferry terminal.

The Liverpool Loop Line, linking Broadgreen and Rice Line Stations as well as linking housing estates at Norris Green to employment sites including Alder Hey Hospital, is also to be improved.

In St Helens, a 4-mile route will be upgraded to improve the town centre’s connections with Burtonwood and the employment sites at Omega beyond.

These routes add up to around 34 miles of walking and cycling routes and improvements are set to complete in 2020, with each local authority responsible for the works in their area.

The £8.3m of funding to support the delivery was signed off by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority last week and has been provided by the ERDF Sustainable Urban Development funding.

This money will also help support a pilot project by Liverpool John Moores University to look at methods of collecting cycling and walking trip data to develop a cycling app and journey planner for the city region.

Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “We are at a pivotal stage in transforming provision for cycling and walking. Getting the infrastructure right to make it a real choice for more people means less congestion, cleaner air and better health.

“There are also wider benefits to the economy. Safe, pleasant cycling and walking areas, linking well to public transport and key locations, help create those places where people want to live, work and invest. And if you are walking or cycling, you are not sitting in traffic clocking up lost working hours– something that benefits employees and employers.

“We want people across the city region to work with us to develop ideas to get more people cycling and walking more, so the network we develop is built for them.

“We can’t transform the situation overnight, but devolution gives us the powers to plan strategically to improve facilities for walking and cycling across the city region, putting our investment in the right places so we can make a difference.”

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By City Region

Still a weird gap between Huyton and Prescot…

By Du Be Ous

Is the Birkenhead link via the tunnel or the ferry?

By Gerry Pacemaker

Need to more fully integrate Sefton with West Lancs (as with Liverpool). Need more SAFE routes across the countryside between Hightown and Crosby and not just on the seafront. Cycling could be real driver for higher visitor numbers in this area but some of the routes are currently very dangerous!

By Roscoe

Hope there’s hotels and cafe’s on root.and dog friendly

By Pip

About time they doing something for people who want to walk on safer ground
The paving stones should be replaced by up to date paving concrete that don’t have to keep replacing bad paving stones

By Carol ambage

MONEY WELL SPENT. I think spending money on improving cycle and walk ways is good for the local economy, local health and business, being able to cycle to a place and then link it to public transport will mean more people will use their bikes as a means of getting to work. This will reduce car use and improve health, also being able to cycle on a safe path off the main roads is so much safer and pleasant, well done the combined authority and our metro mayor. Looking forward to the improvements between leasowe & Seacombe as sometimes the path is difficult to ride with the sand blowing up and covering the path which is quite poor in some parts.

By Garry Fawcett

Liverpool City Council and cycling…. seeing is beleiving!

Lets improve air quality and and get people out of their cars – I know scrap the bus lanes

Spend money refubing the only safe cycle path from Edge Hill down to the University – better close the road so cyclists can’t access it.

Lets allow cars to park anywhere they like and let drivers speed in 20 zones – ooh we better crack down on people riding bikes on the pavement along Smithdown! Then why introduce shared paths on pavements!

I guess the Tour of Britain hasn’t spent any money in Liverpool for a while so why bother encouraging cycling

By John

remember I before E except after C ‘believing’

By anon

8.3m is nothing for a region of this size. are there any details available?

By Andy B

John – this is the Combined Authority not Liverpool City Council.

By Factz