98 million pound fund to improve Merseysides public transport systems
The Government has granted £20 million to improve public transport routes around Merseyside. The grant is designed to make it easier for people living around the Liverpool Loop Line and Speke areas to travel to place with better job prospects such as Alder Hey and Fazakerley. This is one part of four carbon cutting local transport schemes totaling £57 million aimed to boost economic growth.
The grant will be used to create better access to seven Merseyrail stations and timetables will also be expanded. A new control centre will be installed which will provide more efficient management of the local bus network.
The aim of the improvements is to persuade more people to use public transport to get to some of Merseyside’s higher employment areas. The changes should reduce travelling times and also provide better access to the future Liverpool Waters development as well as the Wirral Waters development across the River Mersey.
The £20 million grant has come from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund which is aimed to cut carbon emissions and boost economic growth. The funding is also expected to unlock a further £41 million from local contributions totally almost £100 million for public transport improvements.
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