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25/04/2018

Masterplan to prepare Runcorn for HS2

Words: Laura Edgar
Runcorn / Halton Borough Council

A consortium has been appointed to produce a masterplan and delivery strategy to enable the regeneration of the Runcorn Station Quarter area.

Both the masterplan and the delivery strategy will prepare for the forthcoming HS2 and West Mainline improvements to create a new gateway into Runcorn, Liverpool City Region and the wider area.

The consortium is led by architecture and urbanism practice We Made That. It also includes socio-economic adviser Regeneris, Steer Davies Gleave (transport and movement), and PRD (property and viability advice).

Halton Borough Council appointed the team to prepare the masterplan and strategy. The council has set aside resources to remove existing road infrastructure that is no longer needed to aid with the regeneration of the whole area.

The masterplan is set to stem from a socio-economic analysis that will consider a number of factors, including local demographics, the area’s employment and business base, labour market and skills position, and local housing. It will also look at the function and role of Runcorn town centre and its links to Runcorn Station.

Hannah Martin, Merseyside local and associate at We Made That, said: “Runcorn is an important area of the Liverpool City Region. The re-routing of traffic over the Mersey Gateway Bridge offers positive impacts in environmental terms – opening up a sustainable transport corridor and development sites. This masterplan will be instrumental in capitalising on the potential benefits to residents and businesses in Runcorn.”

A spokesperson for Halton Borough Council added: “Runcorn’s mainline station is an important asset for Halton, providing fast, frequent services to London and Birmingham, and it is a popular and convenient commuter station into Liverpool. The reopening of the Halton Curve, and increased speeds on the West Coast Mainline resulting from the HS2 project will further increase passenger numbers, so it is important that the station’s setting is similarly improved.”

Image credits | We Made That and Halton Borough Council

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