WSP adds to transport team

The Liverpool office of professional services and engineering consultancy WSP has appointed Amy Leather to the role of principal transport planner.

Leather, who joins from Arcadis, has 11 years’ experience in her specialist area of transport planning. Originally from Cheshire, she has more recently worked in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Australia, where she was responsible for developing and implementing large-scale programmes to encourage change in travel behaviour.

Her experience includes work on developing major scheme business cases on behalf of public sector clients, which she will use as part of her new role to analyse and assess options on transport and infrastructure schemes to inform investment decisions.

Leather said: “I am excited about the prospect of building on our growing presence in the transport planning sector at a time when there is an ambitious strategy for growth in the region. I very much look forward to further strengthening our offering with my business case and appraisal skills, and help shape future transport and development projects.”

WSP’s Liverpool office now numbers around 170 people. Director Kevin Riley said: “I’m delighted to be working with Amy again in the city region, having previously worked alongside her at Mott MacDonald. Amy has excellent technical and geographical knowledge which we can apply to our growing portfolio of projects across the north.

“Adding people of Amy’s calibre to our team is a demonstration of our commitment to the city and ability to provide a top quality service to clients here, feeding our excellent services in areas such as highways, maritime, environmental and civil engineering.”

WSP’s Liverpool office has secured and delivered a range of work in the Liverpool City Region including projects with both Liverpool City Council and Merseytravel. Most recently, the consultancy was appointed to lead on an energy strategy for the city of Liverpool.

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Very best of luck to Amy

By Lee Kendall

Hopefully Amy will be in a position to look at anumber of transport issues which currently, or will soon blight Liverpool.
1) Access to the Mersey Tunnels from South Liverpool if new road “improvements” are carried out on the Strand.
2) Vehicualar access to Lime Street Station if “improvements” are made to Lime Street
3) Travelling by bus from South to North Liverpool (and reverse) if Liverpool 1 bus station and Queens Square/ Haymarket bus stations are exclusively for Southbound and Northbound buses respectively.
4) A rail link to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. A new 7 mile rail link is being planned for Peel Holdings owned Doncaster Airport which handles 1.3m passengers per annum, at a cost of £280m, funded it would seem by Transport for The North. Why are there no fixed plans to providev a 3mile rail link to JLA,also owned by Peel, which handles 5m passengers a year? Traffic will rise subsantially “substantially” says Peel in Doncaster. Why not in Liverpool?

By Forward Thinker

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