£ 2million boost could see new ‘state-of-the-art’ bus station built

A new bus station is part of the proposed plans to provide sustainable travel in a borough in Merseyside.

St Helens Borough Council has secured over £ 2million in funding to implement a number of key sustainable travel programs.

Totaling £ 2.3million, a significant sum has been provided by the City of Liverpool region, which has already unlocked large-scale funding opportunities to help boost the Borough’s economy.

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As part of an ‘ambitious vision’ to regenerate St Helens town center, plans will be drawn up for a new bus station in the town center.

Other projects include the extension of the borough’s pedestrian and cycling network in and around the city center.

The council was also one of 21 local authorities across the country to receive £ 500,000 from the Department for Transport as part of a traffic light maintenance program.

They confirmed that the maintenance program will see carbon-friendly technology used to upgrade Boardmans Lane and Chancery Lane, Parr – as well as the junction of Park Road and Ashcroft Street.

Following the granting of a building permit for 1,100 new homes on a brownfield site in Cowley Hill, comprehensive plans will be implemented for measures to improve travel between downtown St Helens and East Lancashire Road.

This will include a business case for a new train station at Carr Mill, a project that has been discussed for two decades but has had no success before.

Other cycling and walking routes will also be put in place to reach Lea Green with the Whiston Hospital – as well as a year-round walking and cycling connection with Clock Face, Sutton and Omega Business Park.

This will aim to help residents access nearby employment opportunities on major job boards.

In a statement, Councilor Andy Bowden, a member of St Helens City Council’s Cabinet for Environment and Transport, said:

“One of our top priorities as a council is to promote good health, support a strong, diverse and well-connected local economy, and create a green, prosperous and vibrant place that we can all be proud of – all the while continuing to work to fulfill our commitment to achieve zero carbon status by 2040.

“Accepting this funding, which results from a commitment to keep our commitments to our communities, good working relations with the Liverpool City region and once again to demonstrate to the central government its ability to deliver on its commitments, represents a real opportunity to keep these promises by investing the money in green and sustainable projects for the best of our borough.

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