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Mayor calls for active travel revolution on Merseyside

Riding a bike on a cycle path Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA/PA Images

There are calls for an active travel revolution on Merseyside.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched a 10-year plan to improve infrastructure and encourage people to leave their cars at home, with construction starting next year.

Mayor Rotheram says it would improve air quality by reducing emissions, have a positive impact on health and wellbeing and help to boost the regional economy.

The long-term plan for cycling and walking infrastructure in the Liverpool City Region details plans first announced last year for 600km of new and upgraded foot and bike paths across all six local authority areas - Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

More than £16m in funding has already been committed to the first seven key routes, with construction set to begin next year.

The network of foot and cycle paths will be linked to the wider transport network including buses, Mersey Ferries and the new trains arriving on the Merseyrail network from 2020 which offer level access and more storage space for bikes.

"We are living through a climate emergency - and it is our duty to leave a cleaner planet for future generations, but we need to work together to achieve this."

– Mayor Rotheram

The Liverpool City Region has set a target to become zero carbon by 2040, with schemes to support walking and cycling initiatives having already cut carbon emissions in the city region by 1600 tonnes per year - equivalent to taking 350 cars off the road.