£5m jobs scheme launched

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JOBSEEKERS in Knowsley are set to benefit from a new £5m investment.

Following a successful Merseyside-wide bid for cash from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the funding will be primarily used to help local people access job and training opportunities.

Journey plans, bus passes and cycling advice will be provided to jobseekers aged 16-24 and improvements will also be made in the local transport infrastructure.

The funding will also be used to improve existing travel options and support more sustainable forms of transport.

Better transport solutions will be found for unemployed residents and community transport services will be enhanced.

The cash boost will also enable the council to bring expert travel advisors into the workplace to help educate employers and employees about local public transport options.

Coun Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, economy and skills, reckons creating better transport links to key local employment sites is of utmost importance.

He said: “This funding will help us make a whole host of further improvements to the travel options available to our residents, making it easier to access job and training opportunities and in turn boosting the economy of the borough.

“By focusing our efforts on more sustainable transport options we’re helping residents to, travel in a cost effective way, live healthy lifestyles as well as improving the environment.”

The bid, submitted by the Merseyside Transport Partnership, has successfully secured £20m for the Merseyside region, a quarter of which is set to spent in Knowsley.