UK North West Development Agency includes ocean gateway in 2010 regional strategy plan
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It has emerged the North West Development Agency has included the £50bn Atlantic Gateway vision for the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal within their 2010 regional strategy plan.The 82-page draft, released this week, is the first of two parts and identifies “the world-class cities of Liverpool and Manchester, as the economic cores of substantial city regions, and the international potential of the Liverpool-Manchester corridor through the Atlantic Gateway concept.” A more comprehensive version with specific policy action points is due for publication this summer with consultation events held in February to canvas responses from business and community members to the draft of part one. "The development of RS2010 offers a unique opportunity to bring economic, environmental and social priorities together into a single vision for the region's development over the next 20 years. The start of consultation on draft 1 is a significant milestone in the development of this crucial strategy and, as the first region to reach this stage, demonstrates the Northwest once again leading the way " Robert Hough, chairman of the North West Development Agency and a non-executive director of Peel, said.Atlantic Gateway, launched as a concept by Peel Holdings in 2008, includes large projects such as Liverpool and Wirral Waters, Royal Seaforth Post-Panamax Container Terminal, Port Wirral and Port Warrington.