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19
May

Will a Liverpool City Region Mayor represent Merseyside?

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It has long been known that Joe Anderson will be gunning for the job of the Liverpool City Region metro mayor, but now Labour MP Luciana Berger looks to be throwing her hat in to the ring, soon to be followed by fellow MP Steve Rotheram. Of course, as the region’s name suggests, Liverpool will […]

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22
Apr

The Merseyside connection

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Following the recent announcement of the proposed £340m of investment in railway systems across Merseyside over the next three years, work is now set to begin on the Halton Curve rail scheme. Despite being a stretch of line only 1.7 miles long, it is hoped the scheme will significantly improve both leisure and work connections […]

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19
Nov

Devolution deals agreed

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It’s been a successful week for Chancellor George Osborne as devolution deals were signed off for both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and West Midlands region. The deals will see powers over transport, skills and training, better control of strategic planning, and millions of pounds worth of investment (£30m a year in Liverpool and […]

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10
Sep

A Mayor of Merseyside?

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The wait is finally over: the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has finally drawn up its wish-list of powers that it believes should be managed locally in return for the creation of a Mayor of Merseyside. The list includes: The creation of a land commission to oversee how the public sector estate is used The […]

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14
Aug

Metro Mayors – Next stop Liverpool?

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According to reports, Council Leaders across Merseyside will be providing the Government with a list of the powers they would like to gain as part of a devolution deal in just a few weeks. This list of demands will be presented to government ministers by Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson; Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the […]

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11
Jun

Transport in the North West: an ambitious programme

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I was at an event in Manchester this morning that focused on transport infrastructure in Manchester and across the North. It was great to hear first-hand from Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), two of the key players in turning aspiration and policy into infrastructure improvement. Network Rail is planning to invest almost […]

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08
Jan

Merseyside devolution: the politics of planning

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Election fever has well and truly started, with politicians of all parties hitting the campaign trail in order to take shots at each other’s policy proposals. In Liverpool, however, it is infighting amongst the Labour ranks that is making the biggest headlines. At the end of 2014 the Liverpool City Region looked set to be […]

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