£6.5m to get Merseyside transport system on the move
MORE than £6.5m of European funding will be spent improving Merseyside’s transport network.
Regeneration body the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) will administer the NorthWest European Regional Development Fund earmarked for six projects being run by transport authority Merseytravel.
Just over £1m will be spent improving access to the city’s underground stations including the revamp of the James Street entrance.
The balance of the funding will be invested in improvements to four key bus routes connecting the suburbs to the city centre including the provision of bus lanes and new bus stops.
Technology installed on buses enabling them to change traffic lights to improve their journey times is also being considered
Chairman of transport authority Merseytravel Cllr Mark Dowd said: “There are 200 million bus journeys each year, and it’s time we focused on improving the bus service to encourage more people onto public transport.
“Our greatest complaint is bus drivers saying they can’t get round the city.”
He added: “We want to try and look at buses being able to change traffic lights as well as make bus stops more pleasant with up-to-date information and dropped kerbs.”
NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead said: “These investments will significantly improve access into Liverpool city centre and encourage greater use of public transport which will both help to ease congestion in the city centre and support the agency’s commitment to tackling the climate change agenda.”
Cllr Dowd added: “Public transport is a vital part of people’s day-to-day lives and we are constantly looking at ways to deliver better, more reliable, more accessible facilities for them.”
A separate £250,000 investment from the NWDA will fund the Liverpool Transport Model project to create a computer-based modelling service that will help simulate the potential impact of planned new developments on the city’s roads. THE ECHO