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Resolved that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act. The Public Interest Test has been applied and favours exclusion of the information from the press and public.
Rolling Stock for the Merseyrail Network
To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning an update on the procurement process and to endorse the decision of Merseytravel to award the contract for the design, manufacture, supply and maintenance of a new fleet of rolling stock for the Merseyrail Network and associated depot works.
The Committee considered:-
(i) a report of Merseytravel concerning an update on the Project to procure Rolling Stock for the Merseyrail network and a proposal to endorse the decision of Merseytravel at its meeting held on 6 December 2016 in respect of the award a contract for the design, manufacture, supply and maintenance of a new fleet of rolling stock and associated depot works; and
(ii) a presentation made by David Powell, the Rolling Stock Programme Director, setting out the details of the current procurement stage of the Project and the factors behind the recommendations being made to the Committee in respect of the contract award.
The presentation provided an outline of what the new trains will mean, why they are needed, the age of the current rolling stock in relation to the rest of the fleets in the UK, the various benefits of the procurement - which include improved safety, greater capacity, faster and more reliable services, improved accessibility, increased patronage and revenue, reduced carbon footprint and the potential for future growth including the possibility of extending the current network boundaries - the pre-procurement survey of passenger views and how the new trains would meet the main wishes expressed in that survey, the key safety, security and staffing issues including the proposal for driver controlled operation of the trains, the nature of the procurement process and a profile of the company, Stadler Bussnang AG, which had emerged from the process as the preferred bidder. The presentation featured a three dimensional “virtual” video tour of the train that the preferred bidder would deliver and concluded with information on both the positive Peer Review of the Project and the substantive assurance provided by Internal Audit.
The Chair, Councillor Robinson, commenced the discussion on the proposals before the meeting by indicating that at the conclusion of the discussion, he would be moving an addition to the recommendations contained in the report submitted to the meeting which would address the concerns expressed by the trade unions representing Merseyrail staff about the effects of the proposals on the future employment of staff who are currently guards and guard managers on the existing Merseyrail trains.
Councillor McGlashan referred to the possibility of the network expanding in future perhaps to destinations such as Wrexham and Skelmersdale and he asked how such a system would work technically without a third rail. David Powell explained that the trains would be dual voltage so they would have the potential to be adapted at a future date to be fitted with additional equipment which would allow the trains to operate through both a third rail or a “pantograph” - i.e. overhead lines – system.
Councillor Rowlands thanked David Powell and the Merseytravel team as well as Committee Members for their work in producing what he was sure would be an exceptional system when the proposals came to fruition. He asked if safeguards had been built into the financial planning in the event that interest rates were to increase. ... view the full minutes text for item 44.