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Moving Merseyside Forward

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The Liverpool City Region currently has two Local Transport Plans for its area. The third Merseyside Local Transport Plan was launched in April 2011, with an accompanying Merseyside Freight Strategy. Halton has its own LTP which is closely aligned with Merseyside's one. We intend to expand on the successes of the LTP1 and LTP2 strategies to progress the Freight Strategy for LTP3.

Its main goals may be summarised as follows:

  • Support SuperPort development

  • Develop ITS in support of the efficient movement of freight

  • Develop the freight components of the Air Quality and Low Emission Strategies

  • Support the development of consolidation centres

  • Support the process of implementing the Port Access Study recommendations

  • Ensure the Strategic Freight Network is adequately maintained

  • Develop rail, water or road infrastructure improvements, as necessary

With the launch of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in April 2014, as part of the transition arrangements, a new single LTP Implementation Plan was produced. This document is the Transport Plan for Growth.

Eventually it is anticipated that a single Local Transport Plan for the Liverpool City Region will be produced to replace the existing two LTPs in the city region.

Merseyside and Halton Freight Strategies

For the Merseyside Freight Strategy click here.


As well as the Local Transport Plans, freight is an important part of the LCR Local Growth Plan with "Freight & Logistics Hub" and "Access to the Port of Liverpool" being major transformational priorities at the heart of the economic growth ambitions for the Liverpool City Region.

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on 31 March 2014 submitted its Local Growth Plan for a significant chunk of the government’s £2bn Local Growth Fund.

The LEP’s Plan outlines an ambitious vision of unlocking the region’s potential as an economic powerhouse with the long-term goal of achieving economic growth and job creation.

It will be themed around the following key strategic projects:

  • Liverpool City Region Freight and Logistics Hub

  • Liverpool City Centre

  • Access to the Port of Liverpool

  • Liverpool City Region Low Carbon Region

  • A City Region Capital Investment Fund to co-invest in key capital schemes that will deliver jobs

In addition to these strategic projects, the Liverpool City Region will continue to develop the Employment and Skills agenda, Business Growth and creating an economy that is even more innovative.

The Local Growth Plan will inform how Government decides to allocate the £2 billion Local Growth Fund between the 39 LEP areas in the country.

The Growth Deal was announced in Summer 2014. 

The Liverpool City Region Devolution Deal was agreed in Nov 2015 / March 2016.

In May 2017 the city region mayor will come into power and will head up the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This document is a brief guide as to their powers.


Supporting Documentation

PTEG Freight in the City Regions Report, April 2013

Merseyside Transport Partnership Freight Survey 2010

Merseyside Van Usage Study 2010 

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