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Merseytram & Regional Economic Development. The Northwest Regional Context l Northwest Regional Economic Strategy - Key Activities Liverpool Vision regenerating.

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Presentation on theme: "Merseytram & Regional Economic Development. The Northwest Regional Context l Northwest Regional Economic Strategy - Key Activities Liverpool Vision regenerating."— Presentation transcript:

1 Merseytram & Regional Economic Development

2 The Northwest Regional Context l Northwest Regional Economic Strategy - Key Activities Liverpool Vision regenerating deprived areas improving the quality of the built environment housing renewal improving physical accessibility to job opportunities championing strategic transport initiatives maximising the existing economic infrastructure l 25 designated employment sites - University Edge, Liverpool - Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool - Kings Business Park, Knowsley - The Estuary, Speke/Garston, Liverpool l Regional Transport Strategy - Strategic Transport Priorities - Liverpool South Parkway (Allerton Interchange) - Merseyrail Electrics System - Merseytram Network

3 Merseytravels Roles and Responsibilities l Buses l Merseyrail Electrics l Mersey Ferries l Mersey Tunnels l TravelSafe l TravelWise l Information l Interchange l Merseytram - Bus Strategy - New Concession - Investment Programme - Parliamentary Bill - TravelSafe Board - Programme Partnerships - Traveline - Strategy Implementation - 3-line Network

4 lWe want transport to contribute to our quality of life, not detract from it. The way forward is through an integrated transport policy. l Merseytravel is committed to delivering a Single Integrated Public Transport Network that is accessible to everyone. l Our focused objective is Putting the Passenger First Merseytravels Vision & Objective

5 l 60% of households dependent upon public transport l 35% of population live in officially recognised deprived areas l Up to 70% unemployment in worst areas l 38 Pathways areas of deprivation l 8 Strategic Investment Areas – a focus for new employment l 2nd period of Objective 1 status until 2006; £840m investment l But regeneration underway - £700m Grosvenor retail development - increase in city centre living Merseyside Economic Context

6 l Public Transport is major feature of Merseyside life, with over 200m passenger journeys a year l Bus is dominant mode l 38% of households have no access to a car l Road traffic forecast to grow by 30+% in next 10 years l Objective 1 programme to create 56,500 new jobs in key development areas & provide jobs for 12,500 residents in deprived areas….our challenge is to ensure the latter can get to the former and that the developments take place in a sustainable manner Merseyside Transport Context

7 The Merseyside Local Transport Plan l Supporting Sustainable Inclusive Regeneration l A Multi-modal package of measures l A SINGLE INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK, including: - Merseytram – 3-line network - Merseyrail Upgrade/Re-franchise - 15 Quality Bus Corridors (90km bus lanes) - Interchange Strategy - Information Strategy - Park & Ride Strategy - Liverpool City Centre Movement Strategy l £210 million indicative settlement l 4 Major Schemes: - Merseytram Line 1 - Liverpool South Parkway (Allerton Interchange) - Central Station Upgrade - Hall Lane Scheme l Merseyside Centre of Excellence - Public Transport - Transport Planning - ClearZone Trailblazer

8 A Single Integrated Public Transport Network PTA Policies: l No Household on Merseyside shall be more than 400m from a bus stop l No household on Merseyside shall be more that 800m from a steel wheels stop

9 Merseyrail Electrics (MEL) l 20th July history made l Process started by extensive public consultation and genuine listening l Merseyrail Electrics local solutions to local issues by local people l Serco/Nedrailways : new partner - new ideas

10 l Totally modernised fleet by 2005 l Units already running on the network l Station modernisation programme l Higher standards and monitoring of service quality and performance MEL : What It Means for the Passenger

11 Public Transport Aiding Regeneration A Case Study: Wavertree Technology Park Station l £3 million investment - Objective One grant of £1.1m - Merseytravel contribution of £1.9m l Opened August 2000 l Over 13,000 residents within 1km catchment l Provides direct access to the Park with over 20 companies, employing over 6000 people l Includes staffed booking office, fully accessible platforms and lifts, CCTV and direct interchange with SMART buses l Successfully generated new trips of approximately 3000 passengers per week

12 Merseytram – High Quality Public Transport

13 Merseytram Aims & Objectives l To provide a high quality segregated tram system l To develop a network that will promote sustainable, inclusive regeneration l To promote social inclusion… offering a fully accessible system l To provide a system that integrates with the existing transport network l To enhance the local environment… by adopting best practice urban design principles

14 Merseytram 3-line Network

15 Merseytram and Regeneration City CentreLine 1Line 2Line 3 Major Developments ––– Bus interchange – Rail interchange – Major Hospital– – University–– Pathways Areas– Strategic Investment Areas District Centres– Free-standing Towns– – Airport––– Park & Ride– Designated Employment Sites––

16 Merseytram Line 1 l Merseytram Line km route length - 95% of route segregated - 30 stops - Low floor, level boarding system - 21 trams with conductors (TravelSafe Initiative) - Operations and Control Centre – 300+ jobs - Park & Ride site - £225 million capital cost - 5 minute frequency

17 Merseytram City Centre Loop l Interchange with: - Lime Street Station - Merseyrail - Queen Square - Paradise Street Bus Station l Links between: - Commercial District - Cultural Quarter - Existing Retail Area - Future Retail Area - Waterfront developments l Culture & Tourism - Links National Museums of Liverpool sites - Boost for visitors & tourists

18 Merseytram and Social Inclusion l Merseytram Line 1 Kirkby Corridor serves: - London Road Shopping Area - Royal Liverpool University Hospital - West Derby Road local centre - Broadway District Centre - Eastern Fringes Housing Renewal - Stonebridge Cross Development Area - Approach 580 SIA - Knowsley Industrial Park - Kirkby Town Centre - 2 SIAs and 6 Pathways areas l 94,000 residents in Merseytram catchment l 38 primary schools, 10 secondary schools – total over 17,000 pupils l 20 adult training centres l 64% of residents have no access to car l 10% unemployment, £11,500 average household income

19 Merseytram and Key Development Sites

20 Merseytram and New Developments


22 Pier Head – with Merseytram

23 Merseytram Update - Overview l Liverpool awarded European Capital of Culture 2008 l Liverpools World Heritage site status awarded l Merseyside Local Transport Plan – 2003 Annual Progress Report l Objective 1 EU funding – Mid-term Review completed l Liverpool City Centre Movement Strategy progressing l Merseytram – detailed stakeholder discussions continue l Merseytram Procurement progressing

24 Line 1 Progress l £170 million (75%) funding approved by Government l 25% of funding from local sources required l Public Consultation exercise completed – 90% support Merseytram l Transport & Works Act Order awarded 21 December 2004 l Preferred Partner to be appointed for 3-line Network

25 Line 2 Progress l Alignment option workshops with partners and key stakeholders - Liverpool City Council - Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council - Liverpool Land Development Company - Kensington New Deal l 1:1000 scale alignment plans completed l Eastern Approaches SIA – alternatives being considered l Annex E Investment Appraisal submitted to Government l Public Consultation – over 90% support

26 Line 2 – Key Features l 15km route, 22 stops l Kensington route option no longer being considered l Route serves two Strategic Investment Areas: - Eastern Approaches and Huyton/Prescot - 5 Pathways Areas l Route links: - City Centre Loop - Metropolitan Cathedral - University Campus - Wavertree Technology Park - Old Swan District Centre - Page Moss - Kings Business Park - M57 Park & Ride - Prescot Town Centre - Whiston Hospital

27 Liverpool Cathedral and Merseytram

28 Line 3 progress l Range of route options being considered l Full segregated route is an issue - property impacts l Alternative route on rail corridor being considered l Corridor serves: - Wavertree Technology Park - Liverpool South Parkway - Speke/Garston SIA - Estuary Business Park - Liverpool John Lennon Airport

29 Merseytram Line 3 – Rail Corridor Alternative

30 Conclusions l Close fit between Merseytravel and NWDA objectives l Merseytram is a 3-line Network l Line 1 & the City Centre Loop is the first phase l The Transport and Works Act is ready to be submitted l The shortlisted Candidates are now engaged l The Government has provided in principle funding l We now need your support

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