Wirral Council expected to appoint contractor for ‘key’ Birkenhead regeneration project

Wirral Council is expected to appoint a contractor for a “key” Birkenhead regeneration project by the end of the year.

The local authority has moved ahead with an extra £1.6m in Birkenhead which will go towards new cycle lanes and walking routes outside Conway Park station in Birkenhead.

£3.9m of Future High Street funding and Active Travel funding had already been approved for the scheme and the latest additional £1.625m had previously been approved by the council’s environment and transport committee meeting on 24 July.

Councillors at an economy and regeneration committee meeting on 16 October were asked to authorise the council’s regeneration director to use the money to support the delivery of the scheme and recommended the move to the senior Policy and Resources committee meeting.

A report presented to councillors said, “The project is key to the regeneration of Birkenhead town centre and supporting active travel is in line with our commitment to addressing the climate emergency, improving the health of our residents and encouraging alternative modes of transport to the private car.”

The money, approved unanimously by the committee, cannot be used for any other purpose and goes towards the council’s aims to increase cycling and walking on the Wirral.

It was granted by the government after the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority sought additional funding “to address the impact of inflation and also to increase the scope of the scheme to include additional public realm and active travel facilities to link the proposed Conway Street super crossing to Claughton Road.”

Council officers said potential contractors for the scheme had already submitted bids and the council would be in a position to appoint a contractor before the end of the year.

Cllr Angela Davies praised the council’s consultation process which included letters being sent out to affected residents.

Cllr Edward Lamb said, “It looks cool, we’re excited about this one and I think it’s the kind of scheme, smallish scheme that will kind of enable a lot of residents to see the kind of quality we expect from forthcoming active travel projects.”

Image: Changes to Conway Street and Europa Boulevard with new walking and cycle lanes are one of the projects being supported by government funding. Credit: Wirral Council

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