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Liverpool given transport boost

Transport links from the M62 into Liverpool town centre have been given a £17.1M investment by transport minister Sadiq Khan.

The new Hall Lane Strategic Gateway will make it easier for commuters travelling in the Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester regions by delivering a new east-west highway into the city.

Khan announced that the Department of Transport will invest up to £17.1M towards the total £18.7M costs for the new scheme. It is hoped that it will re-direct traffic away from residential areas.

The replacement highway will remove a troublesome bottleneck and make the route much easier for drivers, which the government believes will attract new businesses, visitors and investment in the city.

Khan said: “Removing the current bottleneck will cut journey times from the city centre to the M62 and beyond. This will reduce the economic burden of congestion on local businesses as well as attracting visitors, investment and assisting recovery in Liverpool.”

Work will begin in October 2009 and is expected to be completed by July 2011. Liverpool City Council will cover the remaining costs after the government’s funding contribution.

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