Below is a link to other sites and information that help explain the wider context for the rail improvements taking place within the Liverpool City Region and its future aspirations.
The strategy, developed by Merseytravel, as strategic transport advisor to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority offers a vision of rail over the next 30 years. It will change and adapt to reflect and support the ongoing regeneration of the Liverpool City Region.
The transformation HS2 could bring is reflected in the schemes being taken forward, as are other key programmes already in development such as electrification of the lines between Liverpool and Manchester which will allow for faster journeys. It is about thinking big and being co-ordinated in the way we grow and develop the rail network so we can ensure we are properly focussed on supporting economic growth. It’s also a way of bringing together much talked about projects such as the Halton Curve and the enhancement of the Borderlands line from Wrexham to Bidston and giving them a firm footing within this bigger picture.
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The LCR improvements are part of Network Rail’s Northern Programmes - several billion pounds’ worth of work included in the company’s £40 billion nationwide Railway Upgrade Plan, delivered across the five years to 31 March 2019. The plan is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth the railway has seen – a doubling of passengers in the past 20 years. The plan will deliver a bigger, better railway with more trains, longer trains, faster trains with more infrastructure, more reliable infrastructure and better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.
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The Liverpool City Region is part of Transport for the North. Transport for the North (TfN) brings together local representatives from across the North of England to allow the North to speak with a single voice to Government. Local transport authorities and combined authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships from the whole of the North of England are acting collectively as TfN, working with Government, Highways England, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail through the TfN Partnership Board to develop a Northern Transport Strategy.
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A Transport Plan for Growth sits above the Merseyside and Halton Local Transport Plans and demonstrates how our key priorities for transport relate to other strategically important areas of policy including economic development, employment, housing, air quality and health.
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The Linking Liverpool: Connectivity for Growth campaign, which is led by Merseytravel on behalf of the Liverpool City Region, is helping the Liverpool City Region push to get the best transport deal to support not only the growth of the City Region, but to maximise the role it an play in support the economic growth of the north as a whole in a bid to rebalance the economy north and south. The Liverpool City Region wants full high-speed connectivity north-south and west-east. It wants to secure commitment from Government and relevant agencies for a twin-track line between Liverpool and Manchester, connecting onto the planned HS2 network via the Golborne link and for this to be prioritised in first phase of TfN’s Northern Powerhouse Rail delivery plans.
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