Chancellor pledges £14m to Parkside's transport links

St Helens Star: George Osborne George Osborne

GEORGE OSBORNE will today announce a £14.4m cash injection to improve public transport connections and car parking for the proposed Parkside rail freight interchange.

The money will be used to create a park and ride facility at Newton rail station – as well as major station improvements - that will provide links to the Parkside site.

Lifts will be installed to carry passengers from the platforms to the bus station at ground level.

It is one of a package of measures announced by George Osborne to support science and transport infrastructure in the region and to help create 250,000 jobs by 2030.

The £34.4m transport package is part of the Atlantic Gateway project which aims to build greater connections between Liverpool and Manchester.

Osborne said: “Our long term economic plan is about delivering jobs and growth across all parts of Britain and three quarters of the net new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been outside London. But there is more we need to do.

“Today I take the next step to build a Northern Powerhouse.

"I said we would back key infrastructure and science. Today I do that with £35 million in transport upgrades for the Atlantic Gateway and a new University Enterprise Zone in Liverpool.”

St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald has welcomed the government funding package that will help connect  Parkside site with new public transport infrastructure.

He described the news as a "‘major breakthrough" in the Parkside project.

St Helens Council and Merseytravel have worked closely to secure funding for the programme.

“This is a crucial element in our plans to create thousands of new jobs at Parkside,” said Councillor Grunewald. “The Parkside project is now firmly underway and we are all committed to make this a success and to deliver much needed jobs for St Helens.

“But it will also open up massive new opportunities for the people of St Helens who either work – or want to work - in Manchester and Liverpool.

"The current programme to electrify the Manchester to Liverpool railway line will cut journey times – and the new bus links will make it easier for people to access the line.

 “It’s absolutely fantastic news – and will help us to deliver on our pledge of creating thousands of new jobs for the people of St Helens.”

St Helens Council has joined forces with Langtree Group to acquire the former Parkside colliery site at Newton le Willows.

A new joint venture company, jointly owned by Langtree and the council, has acquired the freehold and has begun work on a development strategy to secure the long-term future economic benefit of the site.

Councillor Grunewald added: “Parkside will become one of the largest projects in Britain and is one of the most significant in terms of regeneration in the North West."

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:32pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Brilliant news. Now wait for the NIMBY's. All the old objections will be recycled. There is a protected Toad and rare flower on that site.

The development of container terminal at Liverpool and the electrification and four track development at Huyton with direct access E-W and N-S rail plus motorways, Parkside is the obvious choice. Will need some M6 access development.

About time Newton and the NW saw some money. Hope it's not an election promise along with HS3!
Brilliant news. Now wait for the NIMBY's. All the old objections will be recycled. There is a protected Toad and rare flower on that site. The development of container terminal at Liverpool and the electrification and four track development at Huyton with direct access E-W and N-S rail plus motorways, Parkside is the obvious choice. Will need some M6 access development. About time Newton and the NW saw some money. Hope it's not an election promise along with HS3! Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Now we have the money to finance the new transport infrastructure, will there be any "meat" added to the bones of the Parkside development?
Up until now all we have heard is how it will provide thousands of jobs but we have yet to be told how and in what context. Surely if the Government has pledged 14 million for transport, there must be some firm plans on the table?

By the way Bill, you are a decent chap I know but questioning "election promises" by the Government? - there is not a party in existence that has not been guilty of that old chestnut, including the one that wears the red rosette and has a stranglehold on St Helens!
Now we have the money to finance the new transport infrastructure, will there be any "meat" added to the bones of the Parkside development? Up until now all we have heard is how it will provide thousands of jobs but we have yet to be told how and in what context. Surely if the Government has pledged 14 million for transport, there must be some firm plans on the table? By the way Bill, you are a decent chap I know but questioning "election promises" by the Government? - there is not a party in existence that has not been guilty of that old chestnut, including the one that wears the red rosette and has a stranglehold on St Helens! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 0

12:21am Thu 10 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Hugh you may have a point. Money for the NW and promises of HS3. I will believe it when I see it. It's election year and we are dealing with politicians.
Still I hope it does come about. As I wrote many years ago if it is 3 jobs it is better than none.
Hugh you may have a point. Money for the NW and promises of HS3. I will believe it when I see it. It's election year and we are dealing with politicians. Still I hope it does come about. As I wrote many years ago if it is 3 jobs it is better than none. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree