Business, Freight News

Merseyside gains Euro-funds

[ July 10, 2015   //   ]

The EU Commission has approved a joint bid by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the port of Brest, France and Leixoes in Portugal for the ATLANTIS project, part of the European Commission’s £1+billion Motorways of the Sea initiative.

The City Region gains £370,000 to fund a range of feasibility and development activities, namely for a number of transformational capital projects integral to the delivery of Superport such as the proposed Parkside Strategic Rail Freight interchange in St Helens.

It will also enable a major maritime event as part of IFB 2016.

Meriadec Le Mouilloir, director of Brest Chamber of Commerce, which is the lead ATLANTIS project partner said the initiative would help establish an Atlantic maritime corridor to connect peripheral regions in the west of Europe.

Merseytravel chair, Councillor Liam Robinson, added: “We have been championing the importance of freight and logistics infrastructure as a means to support and grow the Liverpool City Region economy, and that of the north as a whole. This will help cement the City Region’s position as a key maritime gateway and adds further credibility to our task in leading the development of a freight and logistics strategy, on behalf of Transport for the North, to help create the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.”