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 Long Term Rail Strategy update review

Long Term Rail Strategy update review

Published on 31/10/2017
​An updated Long Term Rail Strategy will be presented to the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee on Thursday (2nd November) for its endorsement.
 
Taking into account national and local developments which will impact the future delivery of the Strategy, the update reviews the overall programme of projects, takes stock of what has already been achieved, and considers how new projects might be prioritised.
 
It is also an opportunity to incorporate a number of projects which were not started prior to the initial Strategy, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, and to ensure that the growing importance of cross-border transport demand is incorporated. The capacity challenge at Liverpool Central Station and the significance of the station in relation to developments on the Merseyrail and wider rail network is also emphasised.
 
The update highlights the significant progress that has already been made over the last three years with projects either delivered, or in the process of being delivered, by Liverpool City Region and other external parties, including the Halton Curve upgrade, a new station at Maghull North, a station upgrade at Newton-le-Willows, commitment for a new rolling stock fleet and the redevelopment of Liverpool Lime Street Station.
 
Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of The Combined Authority Transport Committee, which oversees the work of Merseytravel, said, “It’s important that we are realistic about our long term rail aspirations and our ambitious plans to provide an improved network for the future, meeting passenger needs and boosting economic opportunity.
 
"Whilst we already enjoy good levels of service there is more that we can do to provide increased capacity and frequencies, which would support projected economic growth and maximise the economic benefits of the City Region’s assets and potential.”
 
The Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy was adopted by the Combined Authority in September 2014 with the objective of ensuring that the rail network meets the region’s needs over the next 30 years and beyond. 
 
It presents a clear vision for the development of the network and the important role that rail will play in the economic development of Liverpool City Region and its surrounding areas, maximising its contribution to the wider UK economy and acting as a catalyst for growth.
 
To read the report, click here.

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