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Multi-million pound Prescot improvement package could move step closer

Plans to deliver a programme of accessibility and public realm improvements across Prescot could move a step closer next week.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet is being recommended to approve more than £8 million in funding for the multi-faceted Shakespeare North Rail Interchange transport scheme.

The project features accessibility improvements to and within Prescot railway station, including a new walking/cycling path between the station, town centre and Shakespeare North Playhouse site.

It will also include associated wayfinding signage, gateway artwork and public realm enhancements around the playhouse and the town centre, alongside provision for future public art installations.

Works at the station will accommodate the installation of two lifts and a remodelled car park to increase the capacity from 40 to 48 spaces.

It’s hoped the project will help to encourage inward investment, support a better retail, leisure, cultural and housing offer and result in increased footfall as part of Knowsley Council’s wider strategic objectives for Prescot.

The local authority’s cabinet will meet next Wednesday (13 February).