Low Carbon Transport

The City Region is a densely populated conurbation. It is a major port and logistics hub for the north of England as well as a major centre for automotive manufacturing. Consequently, the reduction in carbon emissions from our transport systems is a priority for the City Region. The LEP works in tandem with Merseytravel, the City Region’s Integrated Transport Authority to ensure that our transport systems are sustainable and positively support and contribute to the City Region’s economy.

Our local rail system is fully electrified and Network Rail are investing heavily in electrifying the City Region’s  inter-urban network. Routes to Manchester and Preston have been completed in 2015 allowing the introduction of electric rolling stock offering significant capacity improvements and reduced emissions.

The City Region’s main bus operators are investing heavily in low emission bus fleets. This investment has seen the introduction of diesel electric hybrids, compressed natural gas and Euro 6 biofuel buses.

To support the widespread use of electric vehicles the City Region continues to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Charging points are being installed by both public bodies and private companies supported by a growing number of local companies providing equipment, installation and management services.

The City Region has a unique set of assets associated with hydrogen production and distribution, which it is looking to exploit as a route to low carbon heat, energy storage and a transport fuel. In the not too distant future hydrogen will play a growing role in move to zero emission transport, with the City Region hosting a number of companies at the forefront of hydrogen hybrid and fuel cell technologies. The LEP and partners are currently working towards the creation of a public hydrogen refuelling station.

The City Region has become a major European hub for the production of biofuels. We host a number of Europe’s leading refiners producing fuel from sources such as used cooking oils and other recovered materials.

Port-centric logistics is a concept developed and embraced by the City Region. The development of multimodal solutions adjacent to the Port of Liverpool allows for significant reductions in miles travelled for goods from point of production to point of consumption. This provides a corresponding reduction in emissions and carbon.