Agenda and minutes

LCR Transport Committee - Thursday, 7th November, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP. View directions

Contact: Charles Yankiah 


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The Chair, Councillor Robinson informed the Committee that Councillor Paul Pritchard had resigned and on behalf of the Committee wanted to thank him for his attendance and contribution to the Transport Committee.




Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ged Philbin.


Declarations of Interest

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There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider the draft minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 10th October 2019.

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 10th October 2019, be approved as a correct record.


Presentation - First Group

To receive a presentation from Mr Cameron Jones, Stakeholder Mobilisation, West Coast Partnership, FirstGroup.

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The Committee received a presentation from Mr Cameron Jones, Mobilisation Stakeholder, West Coast Partnership, First Group in relation to the replacement West Coast franchise partnership between Trenitalia and First Group.


Mr Jones highlighted the following: -


·         Partnership between First Group and Trenitalia is a 70/30 split representing the operator status and high speed credentials respectively;

·         West Coast Partnership will commence on 8th December 2019 to 2031 with a discretionary 3 year extension;

·         The franchise will have three phases –

o   operate and improve West Coast services from December 2019;

o   shape future HS2 and West Coast services in partnership with our stakeholders; and

o   run the first HS2 services from 2026, alongside West Coast services for 5 years.

·         To appoint a Partnership Directorate with 7 Regional Growth Managers reporting directly to the Chief Executive to run the programme of external engagement and to ensure a fully integrated business is in operation;

·         The Directorate will also establish independently-chaired forums to deepen strategic collaboration with stakeholders and will include the:

o   Economic Development Forum

o   Integrated Transport Forum

o   Regional Customer Panels – to deal with complaints, pricing and ticketing

·         Trains will be refurbished including the entire Pendolino fleet, with 25,000 standard class seats being replaced and the 20 Voyager trains being replaced with 23 electric trains including 13 bi-mode trains to improve capacity and reduce carbon emissions.



·         To restore trust in fares for passengers the franchise will be working with Transport Focus to redesign the fares to understand what passengers are buying and improving flexible fares including off-peak travel;

·         Automatic refunds within 15 minutes of delays directly to bank accounts within 48 hours; and

·         An Italian customer service system called “Pico” will be introduced which operates as a back office technology platform to support passengers who have purchased a ticket either at a ticket station window, online, or using the mobile app to change tickets and simplify ticket purchasing through combined ticket purchasing etc.


Train Stations

·         There will be an investment into the first class lounges at Rugby, Stockport and Preston stations and ticket offices in Preston, Glasgow and Rugby will be modernised;

·         An increase and improvement to car parking spaces at 16 stations on the network will be introduced and improvements to bicycle spaces and storage will be looked at together with spaces for electric vehicles to be charged will also be introduced;

·         Bus information screens will be installed at stations for passengers to inform about the next leg of journeys; and

·         Funding will be made available to community rail partnerships for 19 that exist across the network for local station community projects.



·         An Employee Director will be appointed to the business who will be nominated by the staff and will sit on the franchise Board and represent the employees;

·         50,000 training days will be provided for the 3,500 staff members including modules focusing on customer service, leadership and change management for the length of the franchise; and

·         Zero hour contracts will be stopped and real living  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.


Transforming Cities Fund Update pdf icon PDF 344 KB

To consider this report relating to an update on the Transforming Cities Fund Programme.

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The Committee considered a report from the Interim Director of Integrated Transport, Shane Fitzpatrick relating to the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) update who highlighted the following: -


·         The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) has secured £172.5 million in capital grant from the TCF for local transport investment over a 5-year period.

·         The aim of the fund is to support programmes of interlinking interventions which will transform sustainable transport connectivity in key commuter routes in major city regions.

·          Three priority themes were agreed to set parameters for the funding:-

o   Theme 1: Improving and expanding the public transport network to meet new areas of demand;

o   Theme 2: Improving the appeal of public transport, and particularly bus, against private transport; and

o   Theme 3: Intervening for health and wellbeing.

·         Shane Fitzpatrick has been appointed to lead on the delivery of the overall TCF programme and reports to the TCF Board;

·         Funding has been brought forward for three schemes identified as follows:

o   Funding for the launch of a smart ticketing portal and new ticketing media as a successor to “Walrus”;

o   Support for a new, low carbon and low emission vessel(s) to replace the ageing Mersey Ferries; and

o   Match funding in respect of the priority European Regional Development Fund Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) programme of green travel routes for cyclists.

·         17 interventions have been identified with 8 related to Theme 1, Theme 2 has 4 interventions and Theme 3 has 5 schemes identified.

·         Programme delivery and monitoring is continued to be developed and is challenging with a significant challenge to rail which makes up about two thirds of the programme expenditure.


Councillor Foulkes spoke about accessibility at stations and moving to 100% accessibility at platform levels despite it currently being at 62%. He enquired about how the city region could encourage the other half of the money to match the other fund to come forward from Government. He also spoke about Wirral Waters and being able to join schemes through the themes and transform it into other blocks of funding.


Shane Fitzpatrick informed the Committee that in relation to the “Access for all” schemes it has a £15m budget that will improve 5 stations at £3m each which is a long term programme. There is also a mid-tier programme which has been introduced for smaller scale improvements are being made year on year. In relation to Wirral Waters there are two corridors, Phase 1 and 2, but that investment is also linked to three other transport improvement schemes split into 3 phases for the wider connectivity. It is already made up from different blocks of work including public realm, walking and cycling etc.


Councillor Stockton commented about the timeframe for the disbursement of the funding up to 31 March 2023 and enquired about the details of the timeframe for development of the scheme.


Shane Fitzpatrick had informed the TCF Board that work was underway to establish the base programme and pull together the planned packages, cashflow and expenditure, but  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


Public Question Time

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions which have been submitted in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No. 11.


A period of 30 minutes will be allocated for this item and copies of valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.


Members of the public who wish to submit questions are asked to contact

Democratic Services by either:


Telephone: 0151 330 1086


In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN


A pro-forma will be supplied which, for this meeting must be returned by

5.00pm on Monday 4th November, 2019. In this respect, return details are set out in the pro-forma.



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The Committee received no questions from the public.


Petitions and Statements

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No. 11.


Members of the Public who wish to submit a single petition or statement are asked to contact Democratic Services by either:


Telephone: 0151 330 1086


In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN


All petitions and statements for this meeting should be submitted to Merseytravel, using the contact details above, by 5.00pm on Monday 4th November 2019.

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The Committee received no petitions from the public.


Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair

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National Award

a)    Councillor Gordon Friel informed the Committee that the Bus Team had won a National Award and thanked the Bus Team for their achievements.


Vote of Thanks

b)    The Chair on behalf of the Committee extended best wishes to Charles Yankiah (Democratic Services) as it was his last meeting and thanked him for his work and contributions to the Transport Committee.