At State of the City 2016 there was a major request that Merseyside Civic Society arrange a discussion and public meeting with Merseytravel to develop a campaign on a range of transport related issues including the better integration of trains, buses, and ferries as well as the integration of transport planning with urban design and future development include active support of existing campaigns on cycling and pedestrian movement and safety.
March 25th at Metal will be a day for everyone interested in transport and its effect on conservation, new developments, the environment, residents in planning their home, and other local issues in and around Merseyside.
We will discuss our transport connections past, present and future and the highs and lows of our Merseyside transport system, from walkability to high-speed rail and airports.
Transport affects everyone from the mayor to pushing the baby to school. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and good practice. What has succeeded? What has not gone so well? How can we work together to achieve safe results?
Edge Hill Station also has a unique place in the history of railways and it seems extraordinary that our world’s first passenger railway station isn’t an international tourist magnet.
We will look at how we can support the development of Edge Hill as the essential link in a Merseyrail Metro, with the re-use of the Wapping and Waterloo tunnels combined with the area’s mixed-use development with a focus on heritage and tourism.
At the end of the day we will have decided on actions to take forward within our own communities and organisations and noted organisations wishing to update our website with their activities based on the day’s activities.
Families are welcome with a room full of creative activities also connected to transport including Lego, cardboard-box building, and map-making.
During the day we will be focussing on the following areas: High-Speed Rail – HS2 and HS3, Merseyrail, Cycling and Walking, and Rail Heritage.
HS2, as proposed, will benefit London by drawing yet more business down to the South.
Any beneficial effects to a ‘Northern hub’ in Manchester will similarly be at Liverpool’s expense.
HS3, however, has the potential to create a genuine balanced network between Northern cities, which could lead to enhancement of their collective economy.
The Northern and Wirral Lines provide the potential core of a first-class City Region metro.
Focus should be on improving this by the provision of new stations (including Vauxhall, Parliament Street and the University) and extending and integrating the electric network South-West to Deeside and Wrexham, North-East to Skelmersdale, Huyton and St Helens, and South-East to the airport, Widnes and Runcorn.
Cycling and Walking:
Best practice in other European cities, to make a massive leap-forward in both cycling and pedestrian movement and safety.
Focus on integrating cycling and walking with other forms of transport, and with all new developments, utilising Merseyrail as a skeleton that supports all other networks.
Edge Hill has a unique place in the history of railways. It seems extraordinary that this isn’t an international tourist magnet. It is time to support a local initiative.
Development of Edge Hill as the essential link in a Merseyrail Metro, with the re-use of the Wapping and Waterloo tunnels, could be combined with the area’s mixed-use development with a focus on heritage and tourism.
Welcome area at entrance, drinks will be available from the kitchen. There will also be family activities all day in this area.
Welcome and context –chair of Metal Jean Grant chair of MCS
Discussion room with big feedback wall to be filled throughout the day with comments questions maps and other idea hosting transport related discussions
- The better integration of trains buses and ferries planes
- Planning of transport needs and relating these needs to better urban design
- Future development include active support of existing campaigns on cycling and pedestrian movement and high speed or other connectivity
Optional guided walk
Reconvene – re-introductions for new arrivals and summary of morning ideas.
Getting our proposals into Action – working together for change, agreeing our press release.
Family fun, in interesting places around Merseyside. A good opportunity to meet people from around the area and discuss what you are thinking and doing nearer home.