“I will not see our region relegated to the second tier of City RegionsThat is the strong message from Luciana Berger today on a visit to the Port of Liverpool.
Visiting the new Liverpool2 container terminal at Peel Ports Liverpool, Luciana Berger vowed to unlock the potential of the new investment. She said:
“with our fantastic new container terminal, it is time to recognise that our future is as a global city region. We should judge ourselves not just against Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham or London, but the leading city regions of the world.”
When Liverpool2 is operational, it will be the only point on Britain’s west coast capable of handling the world’s largest container vessels navigating the newly enlarged Panama Canal. It will be an international and national asset capable of correcting an economic and environmental imbalance that sees over 90 per cent of foreign imports enter the country through the South East, despite 60 per cent being consumed north of Birmingham.
Highlighting the need to ensure the Port of Liverpool is connected to a railway capable of transporting the additional tonnes of freight the Port is expected to generate, Luciana Berger said:
“High Speed 2 is about much more than shaving a few minutes off the travelling time between the North and South. It would move people off the existing rail network and allow it to take on increased freight needs of the Port of Liverpool.”
I have campaigned to make the case for HS2 to come 20 miles more to our region. I will not rest until we start High Speed rail travel here in the Liverpool City Region.”
Commenting on her visit, Luciana Berger MP said:
"Liverpool2 offers the City region a massive opportunity to turn and face outward to the world. That is where our future lies – as a global city region winning business from around the world and bringing jobs and prosperity into the economic heart of the city region.
The success of Liverpool2 will open the door to highly skilled jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. As Liverpool City Region Mayor I will open a tech talent pipeline and future leaders programme to connect the port’s economic potential with the need to boost the skills of our future generations."
Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director at Peel Ports Group, said:
“We were delighted to host a visit by Luciana and welcome her interest in our Liverpool2 project recognising its importance as a key cargo gateway in a competitive global environment. We were able to showcase the extent of our on-going investments in the region of £750 million adding to the UK’s trading infrastructure contributing to the Northern Powerhouse initiative and providing job opportunities throughout the Liverpool City Region.
Improved transport connections by both road and rail are critical to the on-going success of the Port in being able to move freight with greater reliability. The creation of new rail freight capability as part of HS2 and HS3 would be welcomed”.
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