Merseyside Civic Society outlines support for Merseytram
The vocal Merseyside Civic Society has come out in support of Merseytram.
There is now a growing groundswell of support for the scheme to link Liverpool and Kirkby.
Dr Peter Brown of the University of Liverpool's Department of Civic Design, and chairman of the Civic Society, has written to Riverside MP Louise Ellman outlining the group's support.
The letter will also be winging its way to the region's other MPs.
This is the letter:
On behalf of Merseyside Civic Society, we write to add our welcome to the news of yesterday's announcement by Transport Minister Sadiq Khan of the investment of ÃÂ£100m in electrifying the rail line between Liverpool and Manchester.
Please convey our warmest appreciation to Lord Adonis for recognising the merits of the case for this long overdue improvement.
We believe that this welcome decision to promote public transport use should now be complemented with the renewal of determination to deliver Merseytram Line 1 before planning approval and Transport & Works Act powers lapse next year.
There could be no better time for the government to demonstrate its commitment to both carbon and poverty reduction agendas by agreeing to release the relatively modest sum required to put the scheme back on track.
It is widely acknowledged that the project would also make a substantial contribution to the regeneration of deprived parts of the city while creating up to 15,000 jobs in the city region.
The prospective operator Keolis is convinced that the commercial case for the route is compelling. What is needed now is the political support to make its delivery a reality.
Please add your voice to that of the business, and other sections of the community, in urging an early decision to give Merseyside this missing element of the modern transport network that it deserves to meet the transport challenges of the 21st century.
Peter Brown (Dr)
and Jonathan Brown (MCS Parks and Suburban Heritage Champion)