Views are being sought on a plan that will shape transport in the Liverpool City Region over the next two decades.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) has launched a public consultation on the area’s new local transport plan (LTP) that will shape future improvements on the region’s transport network until 2040. The new plan – the fourth of its kind – will replace the existing documents, published in 2011.
The plan will seek to provide a blueprint to make the transport network safer across LCR and more integrated, as part of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for a London-style system. The consultation launched this week and responses are being sought online.
The city region’s transport vision will be supported financially after it received £710m through the sustainable transport settlement earlier this year. Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The upcoming Local Transport Plan will play a huge part in shaping how we take our city region transport network forward in the coming years.
“This will affect all city region residents, so we’re keen to make sure we get as many views on the draft plan as possible. Please give us your thoughts via email so we can make sure the plan works towards making an integrated, sustainable and accessible network and achieve Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram ’s aims of a London-style transport system for our city region.”
In March, the LCRCA signed off on proposals for a franchising system to be the preferred method of running bus services in the six boroughs – the biggest shake-up in Merseyside transport since the 1980s. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram revealed the historic decision to revamp the city region’s public transport network was led by a desire to put decision making powers back into local hands after more than three decades.
The consultation begins on Monday 9 May until Sunday 31 July. The draft first stage of the new plan – a Vision and Goals document – can be viewed on the Combined Authority website. In-depth consultation and engagement will also be happening across the city region with a wide range of people.