Liverpool City Region


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Dec 19, 2016
Some improved to Liverpool Metropolitan Area rail infrastructure have just been announced including two new railways stations.

Liverpool Lime Street October 2018Baltic Triangle station leads £173m transport investment
30 Aug 2019, 16:29
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to invest nearly £173m in 18 transport and infrastructure schemes, including the creation of new train stations in the Baltic Triangle and at Headbolt Lane, along with major interventions in the region’s cycling network.
Large-scale investments at Lime Street station, a remodelling of Birkenhead Central, improved interchange options at Lea Green railway station, supporting Runcorn’s “Station Quarter” ambitions, and cycle routes from Wirral Waters to Birkenhead are all mooted as part of the £172.5m deal from the Transforming Cities Fund, due to be signed off by the Combined Authority at a meeting next week.
These schemes, which are to be delivered over a five-year period, have been subdivided into three themes.
Under the first theme of “improving and expanding the public transport network to meet new areas of demand” ten projects were put forward:
  • Transforming the space around Runcorn Station
  • Improving interchange options for Lea Green station
  • Providing infrastructure to deliver high capacity, quality, wireless connectivity for the new Merseyrail fleet
  • Developing on board battery technology for the new Merseyrail fleet
  • The extension of Merseyrail through to a new station at Headbolt Lane from Kirkby
  • The creation of an obstacle free and accessible route from the train station entrances to the platforms
  • A new station in the Baltic Triangle, South of Liverpool Central
  • A remodelling of Birkenhead Central and new road access from Hind Street to the station
  • Developing further Lime Street station capacity in light of HS2
The second theme, “improving the appeal of public transport, and particularly bus, against private transport”, had four proposed projects:
  • Developing green bus routes as part of a package of improvements on the A57, A562, B5178, A59 and A567 commuting corridors
  • Streamlining and enhancing the transport ticketing system to deliver simple multi-modal tickets for customers across the region
  • Accelerating the deployment of responsible bus services
  • Upgrades to the region’s UTC Traffic Systems network scheme
The third theme, “intervening for health and wellbeing”, also received four proposals.
  • Developing a first phase of a 600km cycle route across the region
  • Developing a second phase of a 600km cycle route in Wirral and Halton
  • Purchasing two low carbon ferries and related infrastructure
  • Creating a multi-user route from Wirral Waters to Birkenhead
The Liverpool City Region was granted the money to “support interlinking interventions which will transform sustainable transport connectivity in key commuter routes.”
The funding will be divided unevenly over the period; £10m is to be used between 2018 to 2019; £30m between 2019 to 2020; £40m between 2020 to 2021; £40m between 2021 to 2022; and a final £38.5m between 2022 and 2023.
The Combined Authority warned that the £172.5m fund will not be able to cover all 18 schemes, with other funding sources needed to bring forward all of the project.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This ambitious £172.5m programme will help to drive economic growth that benefits everyone in our city region by dramatically improving sustainable transport across our city region.
“By making it easier for people to get around, and access jobs and opportunities, using public transport or by walking and cycling, we will boost prosperity, help our environment, and improve health and wellbeing.”
Cllr Liam Robinson, portfolio holder for transport and air quality, said: “These proposals mark one of the combined authority’s most significant investments yet in making our transport system more sustainable. By increasing our public transport network and making it more attractive, as well as making it easier for people to get around on foot or by bike, we are giving a green boost to our city region’s economy, that will benefit everyone who lives and works here.”
The schemes identified for potential funding will still have to be approved through the usual apprais



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Dec 19, 2016
Contract awarded for second phase of Liverpool2 expansion
McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded the contract to deliver the next phase of development at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.

The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

The STS cranes are scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project scheduled for completion in 2021. Design and preparatory civil works have already begun.

There will be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.

Opened in November 2016, Liverpool2 is a £400m (US$500m) investment, providing a deep-water facility capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels.

It connects road, rail and canal networks linking to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35m people, almost 53% of the UK’s population.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “Since originally announcing our expansion plans we have gone on to secure some of the world’s major shipping lines as customers at the Port of Liverpool.

“That, and our growing customer base, is a vote of confidence in the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and Liverpool as a major port for global trade.”


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Liverpool is 'stand out' UK port region - and will be vital to economy after Brexit, report reveals
It is the UK's "stand out region", it's been revealed

Liverpool's shipping heritage could become vital to the entire country's economy after Brexit, it's been revealed(Image: Peel Ports)
A new report has revealed Liverpool is the "stand out region" when it comes to the UK maritime economy - and will be crucial to the UK economy after Brexit.

Led by Mersey Maritime, the report showed the City Region could provide a "major boost" to the UK's economic prospects after leaving the EU - and that the region's sector drove around £2bn in domestic output through business turnover in 2017.

The report, commissioned in partnership with Maritime UK and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), also found the sector produced £650m in GVA and 7,899 jobs in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) in 2017.

That made it the UK’s "stand out region" compared with a national report published last month by Maritime UK.

In addition, the region outperformed the UK average GVA per employee - in 2017, LCR maritime productivity stood at £81,461, while the UK average sat at £54,330

Compared to 2010, LCR’s domestic output levels across the sector have grown by 118 per cent – approximately £1bn.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “The national report showed the industry to be a massive contributor to the economic wellbeing of the UK and the findings of this new report have confirmed how significant the LCR contribution is within that.

"It’s even more remarkable considering that they exclude non-maritime logistics operations. These positive findings are a real vote of confidence in the dynamism and hard work of the people Mersey Maritime deal with on a day to day basis, our members."

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The new report, entitled The Economic Contribution of the Maritime Sector in the Liverpool City Region, also found that:

For every £1 generated by the maritime sector in the LCR, the wider economy benefits by £2.64
The maritime sector is growing in the LCR, with a growth forecast for 2019-2023 of 16 per cent cumulative
52,000 jobs across the region are related to the maritime supply chain, while 7,900 are direct jobs supported by the sector
Marine engineering and scientific industry grew the most (158 per cent between 2010 and 2017)
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The largest port operator in the LCR, Peel Ports said it has made significant investment across the region in recent years, including at the Port of Liverpool.

Mark Whitworth, CEO at Peel Ports, said: “The maritime sector is an enabler of trade, ensuring the supply of energy, food and commodities – the import and export of which is crucial for other UK businesses to thrive.

"As we look ahead to a post-Brexit trading future, Liverpool is not only strategically located for imports and exports, it has the relevant investment and infrastructure to make it the UK’s most important and valuable trade link with the rest of the world

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “This report clearly shows the vital role the UK’s maritime sector plays in our daily lives – keeping things moving 24/7 and helping the economy thrive. LCR is a prime example, with the industry estimated to have driven almost 8,000 jobs and £2bn in 2017.

"To continue this success, we recognise the need to rise to the commercial challenges of our time - our landmark Maritime 2050 strategy, along with our strong partnerships with industry will help the sector continue to flourish.”

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The report also said the footprint of the maritime sector in the LCR is "extensive and diverse", spread across areas of transport, infrastructure, training, business services and equipment manufacturing.

Within these sub-sectors are goods and services which are "highly exportable", it added giving renewed hope for the UK’s export potential in a post-Brexit trading landsca
The LCR report follows on from the national report produced by CEBR and Maritime UK - which showed that the maritime sector contributes £46.1bn to the UK economy – an £8.3bn increase since 2010.

Published on 11 September, the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report found that the maritime sector in the UK is bigger than both the automotive and aerospace industries in terms of its financial contribution and is central to the country’s national prosperity.

Gary Hodgson, Managing Director of Port Logistics at Peel Ports Group, Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime and Gareth Davies, Director General of International and Security at the Department for Transport

In September, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram announced a £75m fund to be used to attract new businesses to LCR and support existing Mersey businesses, many of which are directly involved in the maritime industry.

The fund will include a £20m loan fund for local businesses to invest in creating jobs and boosting productivity, and £15m to support SMEs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Mayor Rotheram said: “We have always been a trading nation and the maritime sector is the backbone that still facilitates almost all of that trade, with 95% of what we import and export transported by sh

“Historically, we are one of the great world ports, and the LCR’s maritime sector is booming, with growth of 118% since 2010, directly driving £2 billion in domestic output.

“As we look towards the future, we need to ensure that we maximise the economic opportunities presented by one of our most valuable assets - our westward facing Atlantic port."


( Exert from Businesslive)


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