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Engineers give backing to Mersey tram plans.

LIVERPOOL'S new transport hub has been praised by engineers who have also called on the government to make the Merseytram happen.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) today delivered its first north west "state of the nation" report and said the South Parkway transport hub at Allerton, linking road and rail services, will be a huge asset to Capital of Culture year.

But they also backed the beleaguered Merseytram scheme and called for the government to deliver the funding.

A report by ICE showed public backing for transport improvements: 65% of north west people believe improved public transport is the answer to road congestion and 63% believe public transport will improve over the next decade.

ICE spokesman Chris Davies: "With the whole city geared up to maximise this fabulous opportunity, it is absolutely vital that we have government backing in our longterm aspirations for the people of this city
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Date:Oct 18, 2005
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