Atkins and WSP’s transport planning teams have been chosen by Sefton Council to support emerging developments in Bootle, Southport and Crosby town centres.
Sefton said it was beginning to draw up plans for key sites in Southport, Bootle, and Crosby, all of which include extensive reviews of the town centres’ access and transport plans.
The council said it did not have the “capability or capacity” to undertake extensive transport planning for the projects, with its transport planning and highways teams already under “significant pressure”.
Major overhauls proposed for the borough’s towns include a £100m investment in Bootle, while a development framework for both Bootle and Southport town centres was approved in 2016.
The council also bought the 400,000 sq ft Bootle Strand shopping centre in May last year, which forms a key part of the regeneration proposals.
As part of the consultants’ appointment, WSP and Atkins will help to prepare bids for City Region funding for transport improvements, and will support the council in transport assessments, traffic modelling, economic assessment, modelling and engineering, and contract supervision.
Sefton has developed a number of strategic transport schemes as part of its local plan, and the consultants will also help to provide detailed design, appraisal, and development to support funding and delivery.