Venue: Authority Chamber, Merseytravel Offices, No. 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Contact: Michelle Keating, 0151 330 1086
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest received.
The Chair informed the Committee that Councillor Abbey was currently ill with pneumonia and best wishes for a quick recovery were sent to him.
Get well wishes were also extended to Councillors Flatley and McKinley who had also tendered apologies due to ill health.
Acknowledgement was also given to Councillor Nicholas’ work commitments as a nurse, which meant she was unable to attend the meeting.
To consider the minutes of the last meeting held on 2 February 2017.
Resolved that the minutes of the last meeting held on 2 February 2017 be approved as a correct record.
To consider a presentation from Leo Goodwin, Managing Director of TransPennine Express
The Committee received a presentation from Leo Goodwin, Manging Director of Transpennine Express regarding the first year of the TransPennine Express Franchise and the company’s plans for the future.
Over the life of the Franchise there would be £500 million investment, including 220 new state of the art inter-city train carriages, retaining and transforming of 87 existing carriages, improvements to stations, significant investment in mobile and smart ticketing, introduction of on board entertainment systems and a weekday timetable seven days a week.
To date more than 125 Franchise commitments had been delivered and the public performance measure (PPM), which showed the percentage of trains that arrived at their terminating station on time, had increased by 3%. The overall satisfaction in the National Rail Passenger Survey had increased by 1%, with improvements in 25 categories.
With particular reference to the Liverpool City Region, a new direct service would be introduced to Glasgow in Spring 2018, with the first of the new rolling stock used on this route. There would also be two trains per hour from Liverpool to Leeds, Scarborough and Newcastle; with the latter service also extending to Edinburg by 2019.
Further new developments included the use of the Chat Moss Line instead of the Cheshire Line, which would result in Newton-Le-Willows being served instead of Warrington. St Helens would also be served once an hour by both the Glasgow and Leeds services and stakeholder consultation was currently on-going regarding which station to use.
Councillor Shields commended the contents of the presentation and the potential for the company’s plans to contribute to the growth of towns and cities in the North of England. The new services for the Liverpool City Region were most welcomed. He also hoped that any consultation would be extended to politicians and councillors, particularly in the St Helens area. Customers were key to public transport and the accessibility of stations was important to enable passenger growth on the rail network.
Mr Goodwin thanked Councillor Shields for his comments and, in relation to consultation, advised that thousands of existing and potential customers were consulted on the plans during the development of the Franchise. On-going consultation was also undertaken with transport groups prior to timetable changes and he would be happy to liaise with him about suitable groups in St Helens.
Councillor McGlashan praised Mr Goodwin’s enthusiasm and hoped it was mirrored by all staff within the company. He also referred to the development of new towns and villages across the Liverpool City Region and asked whether discussions had been held with the operators and Network Rail to link these developments to the rail network. Mr Goodwin explained that route studies were built into the company’s forward plan and would be undertaken in conjunction with Rail North. As part of the Franchise there was a commitment to carry out a study of the route between Liverpool and Manchester beyond 2020, which would take these new developments into account.
In response to a question from Councillor Friel regarding the ... view the full minutes text for item 60.
To consider a report of the Lead Officer for Transport concerning an overview of the corporate and operational performance of Merseytravel (October to December) 2016/17 and providing an indication of any key risks to future performance during the year.
The Committee considered a report of the Lead Officer for Transport regarding an overview of corporate and operational performance of Merseytravel for Quarter 3 of 2016/17 (October to December).
Councillor Foulkes commended the contents of the report and thanked officers for the work done to contribute to the anticipated £1 million underspend for 2016/17. He further referred to the table in section 4.2 of the report, which summarised financial performance against revenue budgets, and suggested that a brief description of each service would be useful for future reports in order to aid understanding.
Councillor Stockton referred to the red status of the activity to ‘Develop Interoperability proposals with the Mersey Gateway Crossing and Mersey Tunnels’ in section 3.7 of the report and enquired as to why this was. Officers advised that this had been delayed at the request of the Toll System provider. In order to keep the Mersey Gateway project on track, the decision had been taken to set up both toll systems first and introduce the interoperability at a later date.
Councillor Carr sought and received clarification that the use of consultants would be reduced once the vacant posts in the Programme Management Office were filled. Officers clarified that the need for consultants had arisen due to the requirement to undertake work quickly on behalf of the Combined Authority.
The Committee commended the Director of Resources and his team for dealing with and completing certain work streams on behalf of the Combined Authority.
Resolved that the contents of the report be noted.
To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning the launch of the single area of geographic validity for the Solo product family, introduction of the new Young Persons’ Solo 4 Weekly ticket and the associated annual pricing strategy for all Solo Season tickets for the remainder of 2017.
The Committee considered a report of Merseytravel regarding the launch of the single area of geographic validity for the Solo product family, introduction of the new Young Persons’ Solo Four Weekly ticket and the associated annual pricing strategy for all Solo Season tickets for the remainder of 2017.
With regard to the term time tickets, Councillor Roberts enquired as to whether these covered all term dates and was advised that was the case for the most part; there were some university terms it did not cover.
Councillor Rowlands asked how much young people were expected to save following these introductions and Officers explained that the purchase of a Young Persons’ Four Weekly ticket would achieve a saving of £5.80 per renewal, the annual Term Time ticket had a discount of 35% when compared to purchasing each term. With regard to the Weekly Solo, the discounted rate of 50% off the adult ticket was agreed by the Committee last year, therefore these savings had already been realised.
Councillor Stockton commended the officers for improving the ticket offer and providing a net benefit to the public.
All secondary schools had transport policies and Councillor McGlashan suggested that contact be made with these schools to ask that they inform their pupils of the potential savings and help to increase interest in the tickets.
Clarification was sought and received by Councillor Friel that Young Persons’ tickets were valid until an individual’s 19th birthday.
Resolved that, with effect from 3 April 2017:-
(a) the introduction of a single area of geographic validity across Merseyside for all existing and new Solo season ticket types be approved;
(b) the proposed pricing points for all existing and new Solo season products be approved; and
(c) the introduction of the Solo Four Weekly Young Persons’ ticket be approved.