The Sustainable Transport Enhancements Package (STEP) is an integrated programme of investment in sustainable transport in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) over the six year period from 2015/16 to 2020/21. STEP is integral to the success of the Liverpool City Region Growth Plan. The Growth Fund will contribute a total of £41.4 million to the project with additional contribution funding provided by the local Councils and other partners.
The objectives of STEP:
- Support economic growth in the Region
- Build on the ongoing sustainable transport initiatives in the LCR to further expand the region's multi-modal transport network
- Complement the ongoing Major Transport Schemes programme by providing smaller-scale sustainable transport investments
- Remove travel barriers for local residents, helping to address socio-economic issues in the region
- Improve transport provision to capitalise on growth in sectors of the economy, particularly the low-carbon and visitor economy sectors.
STEP will support door-to-door sustainable travel by investing in:
- New pedestrian and cycle infrastructure
- Bus and rail upgrades
- Public realm improvements
- Solutions to address bottlenecks on our road network
- Low-carbon infrastructure
St Helens STEP schemes 2015/16
- Haydock Connectivity, Stanley Bank Way - Off-road cycle link along A580 completing cycle facilities along its length from M62 to Knowsley boundary.
- Haydock Connectivity, King George V links - Improved cycle facilities within the park.
- Connecting Haydock - Provide improved sustainable transport facilities to Haydock Industrial Estate linking into Schemes 1, 2 and 3.
- Newton-le-Willows Eastern Enhancements Programme - Earlestown to Newton-le-Willows Cycle Path.
- Connect St Helens - Upgrade of Sankey Valley to cycle path and improved cycle parking in St Helens Town Centre.
St Helens STEP schemes 2016/17
- Haydock Connectivity, Liverpool Road - Junction Improvement for access to Haydock Industrial Estate.
- Parkside Eastern Enhancements Programme - Sustainable transport route linking Vulcan Village, Newton-le-Willows Station and Parkside to improve access to employment.
St Helens STEP schemes 2017 to 2021
- Haydock Industrial Estate Access - A new junction to upgrade the existing signalised Haydock Lane/A580 East Lancs Road junction with pedestrian and cycle facilities, right and left turning lanes and an improved layout. This will improve safety, capacity and traffic management, supporting free flow and removing a bottleneck.
- Active Travel East - Improvements to walking and cycling routes from the Haydock and Newton-le-Willows area to key destinations such as railways stations, employment, retail and education. The project will further improve the Active Travel Network, which has been implemented throughout the LSTF and STEP years 1 and 2 programmes.
- A58 Active Travel Improvements - Improvements to the walking and cycling infrastructure along parts of the A58. The proposed scheme would help link the existing cycling route already in place to improve access to employment and amenities for individuals from the south into St Helens Town Centre. The scheme also improves connectivity within the town centre and opens up access to new developments, which would in turn benefit the local economy.