SEFTON council will tonight consider a plan to include the region’s port and road infrastructures as part of a scheme costing 550 billion euros.
The Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) are a planned set of road, rail, air and water transport networks across Europe.
In order to establish a single network that integrates land, sea and air transport networks throughout the EU, European policy-makers decided to establish TEN-T, allowing goods and people to circulate quickly and easily between countries.
The cost of EU infrastructure development to match the demand for transport has been estimated at over 1.5 trillion euros for 2010-2030 and Sefton councillors are keen that work surrounding Liverpool2 – the £300m extension of Seaforth’s container terminal – is included in any future TEN-T hand-outs.
In November 2012 TEN-T Executive Agency released a call for bids for the next round of TEN-T funding and it is felt that the work on the new terminal’s infrastructure falls well within the qualifying criteria to make a successful bid.
TEN-T funds are available to support transport infrastructure projects, particularly within the TEN-T Priority Project routes with Liverpool seen as one of these key areas.
Sefton council will also recommend that it acts as the accountable body for the bid on behalf of the Liverpool City Region.
At this stage the bid does not include any direct contribution from council funds.
The decision to bid for TEN-T funding comes after the establishment of a Port Access Steering Group given the task to deliver the recommendations in the Access to Port of Liverpool study.
The study provided a series of proposals for both short term and long term measures to improve access to the Port of Liverpool by water, rail and road transport.
The deadline for bid submissions has recently been extended to March 26, 2013.
Alan Lunt, Sefton council's Director of Built Environment, stated in the report: “A TEN-T bid offers a significant opportunity to obtain funding for a series of feasibility studies and options assessments that are essential for making progress on the developing port access work programme.”