To consider this report which provides an update to Merseytravel on
key bus issues relating to the second quarter of 2019/2020.
The Committee considered a report from the Bus Strategy Programme Manager, Laura Needham who highlighted the following: -
· 9% growth in fare paying patronage year on year, which ‘bucks’ the national trend in bus patronage;
· For the first time adult patronage has increased and is now driving overall growth with over 150m bus journeys being made in the Liverpool City Region;
· Green Bus Routes programme has begun with consultants being appointed to lead on the interventions and options along the corridors;
· 100% of buses in the Liverpool City Region are now taking contactless payments with the first week of take up being around 8.2% with an increase in September 2019 up to 11.10%;
· The Customer Growth and Development Work-stream continues in October 2019 with the campaign “We cannot wait to tackle climate change” theme which mirrors public concern;
· Second phase of consultation for the Sefton Network review has commenced in early June 2019 and the changes have been implemented since September 2019;
· ‘Cumfybus’Ltd have applied and been accepted to join the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance and are already participating in the business planning process for next year;
· The Liverpool City Region continues to explore the Bus Services Act with 3 options being assessed including franchising, enhanced partnerships and the Bus Alliance, an update was considered recently by the Combined Authority in July 2019;
· As a result of the new ticket machines for contactless payments there has been an increase in real time information accuracy;
· The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been shortlisted for the City Region Authority of the year;
· The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Bus Alliance has also been shortlisted for three
Members enquired about the following issues:-
· The increase in patronage being contrary to the reduction in usage and if there was demand for the services available?
· Was the ‘older tyre ban’ already done locally?
· What routes have been identified for the 24-hour service?
· Are there any other bus operators considering joining the Bus Alliance?
· Any plans for another service for the High Park estate?
· How accurate is the 95.3% for the RTI punctuality and reliability system?
· How is the demand responsive travel going in the Speke area?
· What provisions are in place for rural bus services in the city region, when operators are withdrawing services at short notice?
Laura Needham responded to the questions as follows: -
· The vision and information was built upon the public consultation and forms part of the business planning with the Bus Alliance for next year.
· Regarding the vision for the 24 hour services, it is to be rolled out across all services by April 2020.
· There is one other operator who is interested in the Bus Alliance.
· A review is conducted every 6 months and the High Park estate will be looked at again.
· Using the new ticket machines in place has assisted how the RTI information is tracked.
· Demand Responsive Travel has been good and in the first full week 472 new journeys were made ... view the full minutes text for item 41