A train at Southport Railway Station. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

People in Southport and across the Liverpool city region are being asked to contribute their thoughts to a public consultation on the area’s new Local Transport Plan (LTP).

The new plan, which will replace the existing plans that were published in 2011, will be the city region’s fourth LTP, and help shape future improvements to the city region transport network until 2040

Starting with a clear vision and goals, the plan will provide a blueprint for making the transport network safer, more integrated, more attractive, sustainable and accessible to all – which are the key pillars of Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram’s vision for a London style transport system.

It sets out what transport needs to do in order to continue to support communities, our economy and the Combined Authority’s wider objectives as a city region, looking at our overarching ambitions for rail, bus, active travel and more. It also recognises that we live in uncertain times, and where new technology is also changing how we work, live and travel.

Making improvements to our transport network would have a positive and direct impact on communities, including helping people to access new homes, jobs, skills, and everyday services, improving health and quality of life and moving people and goods in a clean and efficient way.

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 gives 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.”

The plan will be designed to align with wider CA ambitions. For example, it will support the goal of making the city region achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or sooner.

It will also help support recovery, sustainable growth and development in our city region in line with the CA’s Plan for Prosperity, Climate Action Plan and Spatial Development Strategy

The city region’s £710 million Sustainable Transport Settlement provides very welcome levels of funding to deliver our transport vision over the next five years, and this plan will be used to help draw down future funds to deliver the vision.

The consultation begins on Monday 9 May 2022 until Sunday 31 July. The draft first stage of the new LTP – 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, young and old.

To take part in the consultation, residents can email transportpolicy@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk with their comments.

 

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1 Comment
  1. Jane Thorpe 3 months ago

    I would like to see the toilets at Southport remain open until the last train has finished. There always seem to be a line of staff making sure you are directed straight out of the station, but sometimes coming from Liverpool to Southport at the end of the night is a long way and seeing as how there are no toilets on the train it’s shouldn’t be too much to ask .

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