Liverpool City Region has started a public consultation on the region’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.
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, the 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, said the city region.
Making improvements to its 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, it said.
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 the city region in line with the CA’s Plan for Prosperity, Climate Action Plan and Spatial Development Strategy, said the city region.
The city region’s £710 million Sustainable Transport Settlement provides ‘very welcome’ levels of funding to deliver its transport vision over the next five years, and this plan will be used to help draw down future funds to deliver the vision, it added.