DfT bids

The Liverpool City Region Local Transport Body (LTB) exists for the primary purpose of managing the process of making policy and funding decisions in relation to devolved transport major schemes funding from the Department for Transport within the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

The LCR is defined as the local authorities of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral. 

It also includes Merseytravel, as the Passenger Transport Executive and Integrated Transport Authority for Merseyside and the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership area.

DfT Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund Applications

The Department for Transport (DfT) has made a proportion of national highways maintenance funding available to local authorities through a bidding process named the Challenge Fund. This funding pot is aimed at major highway infrastructure maintenance projects that would otherwise be difficult to fund through normal highway maintenance allocations.

Liverpool City Council has submitted two applications to attempt to secure some of the Challenge Fund. The current bidding process is for potential projects that would be constructed over the next three years (2015/16 to 2017/18).

The first submission made by Liverpool City Council is a Combined Authority joint bid with Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and Wirral Borough Council for improvements along sections of the A59 Corridor. Proposals include carriageway improvements and street lighting upgrades along sections of this strategic route as well as replacement of safety barriers along the Sefton sections of the route.

Secondly, Liverpool City Council has bid for funding for replacement of an existing bridge on Great Howard Street, which supports the carriageway of this road over railway infrastructure. The submissions have been made through the Combined Authority alongside bids from the other Merseyside authorities.