Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on track for delivery

Published on: Tuesday, 27-January-2015

Members of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority were updated on Friday, 23 January on the significant progress being made to improve the local economy, jobs and transport across the City Region.

The first phase of funding from the Growth Deal, totaling £232 million, will be released to fund three schemes, with a total cost of £28 million, to commence in 2015/16 – A5300 Knowsley Expressway, Knowsley Industrial Park and the Newton-le-Willows interchange.  These projects alone with create 1,329 jobs in the region and increase economic output by £79 million per year.  A summary of the other transport schemes was presented including work on the M62, M53 and Windle Island.

In total, transport schemes prioritized by the City Region have received £900m of funding since the submission of the Growth Deal in 2014.  These schemes, to be delivered over the next 10 years, will enable businesses to grow and create jobs by removing transport blockages and creating new links.

The Growth Deal also secured £41 million of skills capital funding for the City Region, which has been allocated in four strands – sites and premises (£23.6 million), improved facilities (£4 million), equipment (£7 million) and low carbon fund.  Further education and training providers can bid for this funding, with the first schemes due to go live in the summer. 

Freight and logistics is a key growth sector in the City Region and the development of a Freight Strategy was endorsed.  

Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said “I was delighted to welcome Cllr David Westley from West Lancashire Borough Council as an associate member to our recent meeting. I am sure he could see the real benefits we are delivering here in the City Region on strategic priority areas such as transport and economic growth.  This meeting clearly demonstrates the improvements and tremendous work we have delivered in a short period of time.”

The next meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will take place at 11am at Mann Island on Friday, 13 February 2015.