Agenda and minutes

LCR Transport Committee - Thursday, 27th February, 2020 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Backstrom 

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68.

Chairperson's Announcement

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The Chairperson, Councillor L Robinson welcomed Councillor J Pearson from St Helens MBC to his first meeting of the Committee since being appointed to replace Councillor P Pritchard.

 

 

69.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors P Hayes and C Rowe.

 

70.

Declarations of Interest

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The Senior Democratic Services Officer reported that no declarations interest had been received.

 

71.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To consider the minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 16 January 2020.

 

 

 

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The  minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 16 January 2020 were received as an accurate record and signed by the Chairperson.

 

72.

Merseytravel Quarter 3 Financial Performance 2019 - 20 pdf icon PDF 464 KB

To consider the report of Merseytravel on financial performance for the financial year 2019 - 20 up to the end of quarter 3.

 

 

 

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Sarah Johnston, Assistant Director of Finance presented the report Merseytravel on financial performance for the financial year 2019 - 20 up to the end of quarter 3.

 

It was reported that the financial performance for Merseytravel showed a positive variance for the expenditure against budget for the period to December 2019 and in respect of the projected outturn to 31 March 2020. Whilst larger than initially envisaged, the under spend was driven by a number of significant

one-off items. Also expenditure against the capital programme was forecast to be lower than budgeted.  This was predominantly comprised of slippage on existing schemes and to the extent that the outturn was below budget, this would be reflected in revised capital budgets for the next financial year.

 

Questions and comments were raised as follows:-

 

Councillor Wynn queried costs in relation to staff slippage and rental income for Mann Island being in excess of the budget.  Councillor Wynn also asked about 3rd Party payments.

 

Sarah Johnson, Assistant Director for Finance responded by stating that the rental income was based on tenants at that time.  Additional income has been generated by Merseytravel occupying less floor space and existing tenants taking additional space.  She indicated that there were vacant posts in Asset Management which were related to the staffing financial position.  She added that 3rd party transactions related to other payments.

 

Shane Fitzpatrick, Interim Director for Integrated Transport referred to Homes England, who had taken full occupation of the 11th Floor in mid-December.  He also referenced the Tunnel Strategy and that Merseytravel were going to recruit to fill positions.

 

 

Councillor S Foulkes referred to page 17 of the agenda papers, paragraph 4.1.9.  He indicated that there was no resolution to the rail grant issue and the funding issue and urged that the campaign for funding continue. He stated that whilst the under spend was positive for the future, there were still pressures on the budget.  He also commented that the format of the report made it easier to navigate as result of suggestions by Committee members to which the Chairperson agreed. 

 

Councillor H Howard queried the figures in the table at section 4.1.4 of the report.  He indicated that there were discrepancies between the table and the figures at Appendix 2 to the report.

 

Sarah Johnston, Assistant Director Finance undertook to look into it and respond to members following the meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

73.

Northern Powerhouse Rail/HS2

To consider a presentation from Shane Fitzpatrick, Interim Director for Integrated Transport.

 

 

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The Transport Committee considered a presentation from Shane Fitzpatrick, Interim Director of Integrated Transport which provided an update on the HS2 project and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

 

The presentation provided the Committee with information on:-

 

·       The Oakervee Review of the High Speed 2 project and the key recommendations;

 

·       The opportunity to influence the next steps through the assessment of HS infrastructure projects in the North and re-state the case for:-

 

Ø    New integrated HS2/NPR station in Liverpool;

Ø    Brand new, twin track line Linking Liverpool to HS network;

Ø    Retention of key parts of HS2 scheme to enable capacity release           on existing network; and

Ø    Prioritisation of released capacity for growing freight traffic and           new/improved passenger services on ‘City Lines’.

 

·       Recent announcement by the Prime Minister to move forward and his reference to a consultation exercise on the Liverpool – Manchester route as part of a joint Department for Transport (DfT)/Transport for the North (TfN) exercise;

 

·       The next phase of NPR development to commence in May 2020 with a view to the ‘preferred’ option for routes being identified in December 2020;

 

·       The establishment of a Station Commission top develop and deliver a new HS2/NPR station with World class facilities and excellent connectivity to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and its transport network.

 

·       Key dates for project activity; and

 

·       The opportunities that the delivery of these projects will bring to the LCR.

 

Questions and comments were raised as follows:-

 

Councillor S Foulkes supported the project and the strong position that the LCR was in.  He referred to the benefits saved on HGV road mileage and how it would release capacity.

 

Councillor G Friel referred to the links to climate change reduction and air quality improvement.  He also mentioned the opportunity for more integrated transport links e.g. rail freight.  He suggested that a report be brought to a future meeting of the Committee in relation to rail freight.

 

The Chairperson, Councillor Robinson endorsed Councillor Friel’s comments and indicated that the project would also have a positive impact on the Port and logistics. He stated that the Liverpool City Region had a unique and strong offer and how rail freight was vital in relation to NPR and HS2.  He also stated that he supported the RMT Union’s campaign for the real living wage and the recent Office for Land and Rail decision to bring Northern Rail into Government control.

 

Councillor Robinson also welcomed the concept of HS North and the opportunity it presented to the economy in relation to highly skilled and well paid engineering jobs.

 

Councillor P McKinley referred to the Rail Freight Strategy and asked if a future Scrutiny Group could consider if our existing model was flexible enough for the potential increase.

 

Shane Fitzpatrick undertook to take away the suggestion.  He indicated that as Liverpool was a western port it was the natural shipping line from the USA so there were opportunities for expansion.

 

The Chairperson, Councillor Robinson concluded the debate and indicated that a lot  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

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:

Email: democratic.services@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

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 24 February 2020 (the Monday before the meeting). In this respect, return details are set out in the pro-forma.

 

 

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There were no public questions received.

75.

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:

Email: democratic.services@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

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 24 February 2020 (the Monday before the meeting).

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There were no petitions or statements received.

76.

Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair

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There were no items of urgent business.