Comments : The North West 4.7 million pound cycle project has been approved
There are huge plans coming to the North West to improve the cycle facilities around the train stations leading to less people relying on their cars for transport and making the region more economically friendly.
The local schemes are part of a national programme by The Department for Transport which is set to cost a total of 30million pounds.
Norman Baker, the Transport Minister spoke to Place Northwest and said, ‘I know these plans will be hugely beneficial to communities and cyclists up and down England. They will also help the create jobs and reduce our carbon footprints while making cycling safer and more convenient.’
The plans for the Northwest involve:
Merseyrail Liverpool Lines ~ Liverpool Lime Street, Liverpool South Parkway, Ellesmere Port, Parkway and Hooton will receive a new bike hire concept inspired by the Dutch system. Estimated cost £450,000. Grant £350,000 Match funding my applicant £100,000.
Merseyrail Wirral Lines ~ Birkenhead North, Bidston, Hoylake, Ellesmere Port, West Kirby and New Brighton will have safe storage shelters which will include two tier parking, lighting, and CCTV to hold up to 32 bikes at each station which accumulates to almost 200 bike parking spaces. Estimated cost £300,000. Grant £300,000.
Merseyrail Northern Lines ~ Aintree, Bootle Oriel Road, Liverpool South Parkway, Bootle New Strand, Kirkby and Seaforth & Litherland will also have the sheltered cycle facilities similar to the Wirral with the addition of swipe card access. Estimated cost £300,000. Grant £300,000.
Northern Rail ~ Manchester Oxford Road, Ashton under Lyme, Salford Central, Blackpool North Hazel Grove and Eccles will have cycle shelters built that hold up to 600 bikes altogether with the main stations having 100 bike spaces and the smaller stations will have 50. Estimated cost £400,000. Grant £400,000
Manchester Victoria and Bolton will have cycle hubs to store 200 bikes at each location with the added service of bike hire, cycle repairs and cycle sales which will be located adjacent to the stations and will provide ongoing jobs and training for new staff. Estimated cost £700,000. Grant £700,000.
Cheshire East ~ Crewe will have a cross town cycle route from Leighton Hospital through the centre of town and over to the university and railway station to extend the current Connect2 scheme. Estimated cost £800,000. Grant £400,000. Match £400,000.
Cheshire West and Cheshire ~ Neston through to Deeside will have a costal route built between the town centre of Neston to the Deeside Employment site. This will involve a cross boarder cooperation link to the Welsh side of the project. Estimated cost £550,000. Grant £250,000. Match £300,000.
Knowsley ~ Kirkby will have its current Connect2 network extended so more of there employment sites can be accessed with connections to Fazakerley and the Liverpool Loop Line. Estimated cost £540,000. Grant £250,000. Match £290,000.
Liverpool City ~ a link will be made from the Liverpool Loop line traffic free route to Broadgreen Hospital which will involve creating disabled ramps. Estimated cost £130,000. Grant £30,000. Match £100,000.
Sefton ~ Formby, Hightown and Sefton will have largely traffic free links between Ainsdale, Hightown, Crosby and Formby that will allow safe cycling and walking journeys to a number of everyday destinations and link to Aintree employment sites like Old Roan and the Racecourse. Estimated cost £600,000. Grant £300,000 Match £300,000.
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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