Place strategy

Kirkby travel hub to grow with £2m cash injection

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to approve a £2.2million investment to redevelop a multi-storey car park on Norwich Way next to the former Barclaycard building.

The investment is the final installment of the combined authority’s £15million contribution to the rejuvenation of Kirkby town centre.

Plans for the travel center, located at a key site, include long-term parking, electric vehicle charging and bicycle storage.

The project aims to “increase the chances of attracting a new tenant to the former Barclaycard building”, according to the municipality. Barclaycard moved to Wavertree in 2021.

“Kirkby’s gateway site is the first impression many people have of the town, so it’s vital that we create the right image for residents, visitors, businesses and investors,” said Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member of the Knowsley Council for Regeneration and Economic Development.

The creation of a travel center in Kirkby is the latest piece of a wider regeneration strategy which has been sparked by Knowsley Council’s £33.8m acquisition of centre-land and buildings. town of St Modwen.

An initial investment of £10 million by the Combined Authority has supported the council in its creation of a 45,000 square foot Morrisons supermarket, petrol station, car park, Home Bargains of 20,000 square feet and drive-thru restaurants Taco Bell and KFC.

The combined authority then approved a new allocation of £2.8million to support the development of a six-screen Reel Cinema off Cherryfield Drive.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City region, said: “Thanks to decentralization we have been able to invest in places like Kirkby. From transforming downtown to opening its first supermarket in nearly 40 years, we’re making things happen.