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Funding Boost For The Widnes Gyratory And The Silver Jubilee Bridge

The Key Route Network is made up of the strategic highway routes that are vital to growth in the Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved a package of £25m funding to support 15 highway schemes that will make improvements to the city region's Key Route Network.


The Key Route Network is made up of the strategic highway routes that are vital to growth in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).  Responsibility for network was devolved to the Metro Mayor as part of the city region's devolution agreement with central government.


The funding will support highways improvements in all six of the combined authority's districts, as well as upgrades to digital connectivity and bus routes.
Schemes will also include work to improve the condition of the roads, including tackling pot holes, and to allow better traffic flow.


Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said: "My key priority is to drive economic prosperity for the whole city region and ensuring that we have the right transport infrastructure in place is absolutely vital.


"We have carefully designed our key routes network investment programme to support the economic growth of our region. 
"This latest wave of funding will improve the state of our roads and enable better traffic flow on key routes across our city region, bringing benefits for our residents, visitors and businesses."


This £25 million investment is supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Single Investment Fund, funded by capital from central Government's Local Growth Fund 3. 
 

Details of specific schemes are as follows:

Silver Jubilee Bridge     The Grade 2 listed structure known as the Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB) is a strategic route across the River Mersey, and acts as one of the key gateways to the Liverpool City Region.  The SJB is currently subject to LCR Major Maintenance Funding, and will temporarily close when the new Mersey Gateway Crossing opens in the Autumn of 2017.  This scheme seeks funding to address a shortfall in the S31 Major Maintenance Bid Grant funding for the planned of arch steel superstructure painting project.    Halton    £3,001,500

A557 Widnes Town Centre    The Widnes Gyratory ( A557) provides traffic signalled access to Widnes Town Centre aswell as supporting Widnes Waterfront.   The right turn facility into the Town Centre give insufficient capacity and as such cause 'blocking' problems. The scope of this scheme is to provide an additional right turn lane to ensure the free flow of the gyratory and assist capacity problems.  The left turn facility into Fiddlers Ferry give insufficient capacity and as such causes congestion problems. The scope of this scheme is to provide an additional left turn lane to ensure the free flow of the gyratory and assist capacity problems.     Halton    £549,585

 

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