TV presenter to lead "travel revolution" across Liverpool and Wirral

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Former Brookside star Simon O'Brien has been appointed cycling and walking commissioner for the Liverpool City Region.

O'Brien, also well known for presenting roles on BBC Two's Rough Guide series and Channel 4's Find It, Fix It, Flog It, will be helping to deliver Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s vision for an active travel revolution across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

He marked his appointment with a cycle around the Liverpool and Wirral waterfronts with Rotheram and Liverpool City Region transport leader Cllr Liam Robinson.

O'Brien and Rotheram cycling over Tower Road Bridge in Wirral

O’Brien said: “35 years ago I swapped the car for my bike and I’ve not looked back since. Cycling is not only a fantastic way of getting around, but can also help address climate change and air pollution and help people’s mental and physical health. But to make it the obvious choice for everyone, we need to seriously improve the facilities available.

"That’s why I’m really happy to extend my current role as Liverpool’s cycling and walking commissioner to cover the entire Liverpool City Region, to work across all six boroughs to help make the Metro Mayor’s vision for a revolution in active travel a reality.”

At a recent meeting of the Combined Authority, funding was committed for the first seven routes of a planned 600km of walking and cycling network. The network will consist of new and upgraded routes and include key infrastructure including segregated cycle lanes, signage and special traffic signalling.

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