Agenda item

Portfolio Holder Update

To consider a presentation from the Portfolio Holder from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority further details will be circulated under separate cover.


Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality provided an update relating to the portfolio to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


Members enquired about the following: -


·         Liverpool South Parkway Interchange and London trains stopping at the station in the future

·         Liverpool South Parkway Interchange car parking facilities

·         High Speed 2 and the effect on the west coast line and the Runcorn Station

·         Leveraging bus companies to provide low emission vehicles

·         Bus stops being downgraded in areas with no seats and shelters that are affecting the elderly

·         Off peak travel on the bus network for residents on lower incomes

·         Disabled accessibility across all stations

·         Funding for the St Michael’s Station upgrade

·         Partnerships and Franchising

·         Ditton Station redevelopment

·         Concessionary bus passes for the elderly

·         London Services and operator alternatives and flexibility

·         New trains and airline type seating

·         Northern trains and services via Southport to Manchester

·         Young People using buses and the student population

·         Connection to HS2 economy boost

·         Air Quality

·         Bus Network at Ince Blundell

·         Bus operators across the City Region


Councillor Robinson informed the Committee of the following: -


·         Liverpool South Parkway Interchange would benefit from London stops in the future as well as lengthening the platform and improving the disability access.

·         Liverpool South Parkway Interchange car parking facilities will also be looked at to determine who parked there and the use of public transport.

·         The capacity on the west coast mainline and HS2 will be increased to develop and grow the freight services to be more sustainable.

·         Merseytravel did not have complete leverage on the procurement of vehicles at the moment with the bus operators but were working with the bus companies to purchase and invest in newer vehicles with cleaner fleets including the introduction of new technologies and hybrid vehicles with electric power.

·         A “trial” will soon be introduced with hydrogen vehicles to fuel the transport network which would be funded through Government bids.

·         Travelsafe Partnership work was ongoing with Merseytravel, the Police, bus and train operators and the British Transport Police to target and reduce vandalism before taking away the shelters and seats.

·         The ticketing strategy is about to be refreshed and the concerns raised will be looked at.

·         60% of the City Region stations were DDA compliant but there was a vision for 100% to be made DDA compliant.

·         Funding had been received for 5 further stations to be made DDA compliant including Hunts Cross, St Michael’s, Broadgreen, Birkenhead Park and Hillside.

·         There were 9 remaining stations that were completely inaccessible.

·         Ditton Station was one of 30 stations in the rail strategy but it would be up to Halton BC to decide.

·         Partnerships and franchising needed to be an evidence based approach and a recommendation would be submitted in the spring.

·         Tribute paid to the passenger group and a lot more work to do and a wider argument to take place about the routes to Manchester and Southport.

·         Operation to London would probably bring it back to the public sector as privatisation has not worked including the high fares.

·         Liverpool has one of the highest demands in the north, despite it being an hourly service and vice versa from London to Liverpool.

·         Putting in place what the passengers wanted relating to the seating as a result of the consultation group.

·         Buses are full before 9.30am and if operators were to allow more elderly passengers on the network so early, then it would need to put more buses on the routes and this comes at a cost.

·         Speaking to other operators in other cities about how things are done and the business models across the regions.

·         Everyone under 19 years of age is included in the Young People’s fare, breakdowns and figures can be made available.

·         Economic breakdown relating to HS2 will deliver for the whole City Region including jobs, houses and a transport network.

·         About 25 bus operators across the network with Arriva and Stagecoach making up the majority.

·         15% of the network is subsidised by Merseytravel.

·         Bus network in Ince Blundell, engage in the consultation currently underway.

·         Currently undergoing some feasibility studies to look at line speed and capacity across the Bootle network relating to capacity and freight.

The Committee noted the portfolio update from Councillor Liam Robinson and thanked him for his attendance.

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