The story so far
The first mayor of LCR is Steve Rotheram. Born in Liverpool,
Rotheram was previously the Member of Parliament for Liverpool
Walton from 2010 to 2017.
Transport has been a particular focus of Mr Rotheram’s first two
years as mayor, with a major emphasis on the modernisation of the
region’s transport systems. Working with Transport for the North,
the city region has successfully made the case for connecting the
city region to the HS2 network via a new twin-track line between
Liverpool and Manchester as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail. This
will bring a £15 billion boost to city region GVA, 24,000 new jobs,
11,000 new homes and 3.7 million more visitors annually.⁸¹
The Combined Authority has procured new, state-of-the-art trains for
Merseyrail to replace a nearly 40-year old fleet, put out a new tender
to replace the two 60-year old Mersey Ferry ferries, implemented
new technologies to update the way people pay to use the Mersey
tunnel, and reopened a stretch of railway line to allow direct services
between North Wales and Liverpool to run again. Work by the bus
alliance has brought the main operators together with the Combined
Authority to increase fare-paying patronage, improving ticketing
products and information for customers and a £375m investment by
operators in new buses. Plans for an ambitious 600km walking and
cycling network in the Liverpool City Region have also begun.
Another area of interest to the Combined Authority has been that of
investment. A Strategic Investment Fund has been set up, with the
aim of providing an additional £500m in funding for the city region,
and a £10 million Green Investment Fund was recently announced.
A number of funds have also been launched to support colleges and
schools in the LCR.