Agenda item

Williams Rail Review

To consider a report of the Head of Rail advising that proposed responses to the review are being collated.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from Tom Carbery (Rail Development Advisor) that described the “Williams Rail Review” and advised that proposed responses to it were being collated and also sought delegated authority to approve the final response to the “Call for Evidence” on behalf of the Combined Authority.

 

The Chair commented that the timescales for the review were unreasonable and was proving difficult for the officers to collate the evidence and respond by 18th January 2019, but it seemed as though the Government had their minds made up regarding the rail review.

 

Members commented that it is an amazing vision for a world class railway, but the Government have appointed a British Airways former Chair who knows nothing about the railway. Members thanked the Officers for bringing it to the attention of the Committee, despite the views of the Government and despite Northern Rail hiking the prices up despite the poor performance.

 

The following amendment was circulated to the Committee and proposed by Councillor Gordon Friel and seconded by Councillor Liam Robinson, to insert at the end of recommendations (a) and (b): -

 

c)    Recognise that public ownership and operation is a model shown to work should be implemented across the UK Rail Network.

 

d)    That the ROSCO (Rolling Stock Leasing Company) model is significantly more costly and a publicly owned system, similar to the publicly owned model being used to procure the new Merseyrail Rolling Stock, should be introduced across the UK Rail Network.

 

In accordance to Standing Order 14.4, Councillor Susan Murphy proposed a recorded vote, seconded by Councillor Gordon Friel.

 

Councillor Christopher Rowe commented that the amendment was interesting, but lacked detail and understanding of the financial issues being discussed and that he did not have enough information to make an informed decision and to vote for the proposed amendment.

 

Members commented that they were happy to support the proposed amendment and that information and feedback from local residents was enough to make an informed decision and support the amendment.

 

 

A vote was taken on the Amendment, when there appeared: -

 

FOR THE AMENDMENT

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT

ABSTENTIONS

Councillor Liam Robinson

Councillor Paul Hayes

Councillor John Dodd

Councillor Gordon Friel

 

Councillor Geoff Pearl

Councillor Anthony Carr

 

Councillor Christopher Rowe

Councillor Steve Foulkes

 

Councillor Frances Wynn

Councillor Harry Howard

 

 

Councillor Dot Johnson

 

 

Councillor Anthony Lavelle

 

 

Councillor Patrick McKinley

 

 

Councillor Margi O’Mara OBE

 

 

Councillor Ged Philbin

 

 

Councillor John Stockton

 

 

Councillor Susan Murphy

 

 

Councillor Helen Thompson

 

 

Councillor Jerry Williams

 

 

 

For the Amendment – 14

Against the Amendment – 1

Abstentions - 4

The Amendment was approved.

 

 

A vote was then taken on the following Substantive recommendation and it was approved by a majority: -

 

RESOLVED that the Transport Committee:

 

a)    notes the contents of the report;

 

b)    delegate authority to submit the final City Region consultation response to the Director of Integrated Transport and the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Transport Committee;

 

c)    recognise that public ownership and operation is a model shown to work should be implemented across the UK Rail Network; and

 

d)    notes that the ROSCO (Rolling Stock Leasing Company) model is significantly more costly and a publicly owned system, similar to the publicly owned model being used to procure the new Merseyrail Rolling Stock, should be introduced across the UK Rail Network.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that once the full response was collated and agreed by the Chair and Vice Chair that it would be circulated to the Committee.

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