Councils on Merseyside are about to vote on the creation of a single authority to oversee investment in the region.
The six councils will decide at meetings over the next fortnight whether to set up a combined authority for the Liverpool City Region.
The leaders of the councils and the transport authority gave the move their backing at a meeting of precursor body the Liverpool City Region Cabinet yesterday, so it is likely to be voted through by the authorities.
The establishment of the authority is a step in the development of the area’s city deal whereby the government will devolve some infrastructure powers to the region.
The combined authority would include Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral councils, transport body Merseytravel and the Local Enterprise Partnership and would make joint decisions about transport and economic development. However the councils would continue to provide other functions.
If the organisations back the plans then a formal submission will be made to the government on 30 September.