Liverpool’s regeneration is not limited to singular development projects with wider improvements to infrastructure playing a vital role in the city’s renaissance. Aiming to enhance transportation in and out of the city centre, ports, airports and rail networks are receiving millions of pounds in investment to underpin Liverpool as a successful urban gateway.
A £400 million investment is being ploughed into a new L2 Superport that will develop a deep-water container at Liverpool’s renowned transatlantic terminal. The largest of its kind in the UK, the Peel Group will expand one of Northern Europe’s most effective ports that can house the world’s largest vessels whilst implementing some of the most cutting-edge technologies in modern shipping.
Currently in phase two of construction, money is being poured into new equipment and improvements to infrastructure. The port promotes a sustainable future for logistics with many businesses opting to steer away from road and rail alternatives, cutting carbon emissions and reducing congestion. L2 Superport opens up the international market, streamlining the import and export of goods via Liverpool’s globally notorious shipping gateway.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Seven miles south-east of Liverpool city centre, Liverpool John Lennon Airport connects the region to over 60 destinations across the UK and Europe, including Berlin, Paris, and Madrid. The airport was established in 1993 and has been part of the Peel Group since 1997. It currently handles over 4.8 million passengers and is the 12th busiest airport in the UK. This figure is predicted to rise to 7.8 million by 2030 and 11 million by 2050 in line with an increase in regeneration investment.
Over recent years, £2.5 million has been invested in new facilities, with a further £4.5 million currently being injected into new services and upgrades. The airport is also one of the area’s major employers, attracting inward investment and bringing significant tourism benefits – helping to boost the region’s economy. The airport is a significant driver of prosperity in the region and the North West and North Wales as a whole, bringing an estimated £625 million per annum in gross-value-added, and supporting over 12,000 jobs across the Northern Powerhouse region.
Liverpool Lime Street
Liverpool city centre is served by four major train stations: Liverpool Central has an entrance on Bold Street and Ranelagh Street making it the departure point for the city centre whilst Moorfields serves the commercial district and James Street is best for Liverpool ONE. However, it’s Liverpool Lime Street where national connections are made. Manchester can be reached from the major station in 49 minutes, whilst London is a little over two hours away.
Liverpool Lime Street is currently undergoing significant upgrades worth £340 million to ensure it is able to keep up with the rising demand for rail services in the city. According to Network Rail, annual passenger numbers at Lime Street station are forecast to double in peak periods by 2043. Part of the improvements will see the re-opening of the Halton Curve ̶ a line connecting Liverpool to Chester via Runcorn, and eventually connecting Liverpool directly to North Wales. Already recognised as one of the UK’s leading business destinations, investors will be buoyed by the level of infrastructural investment taking place in Liverpool.