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29.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

A Declaration of Interest was received in respect of item 7 on the agenda; Local Journeys Strategy. Councillor Cross declared a personal interest in this item as he was currently undertaking work with a company that provided cycling solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

30.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the last meeting held on 27 July 2017 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

31.

Quarter 1 Corporate Plan Performance and Financial Monitoring Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider a report of the Lead Officer for Transport concerning an overview of corporate and operational performance of Merseytravel for Quarter 1 (April to June) 2017/18 and an indicator to any key risks to future performance during the year

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Lead Officer for Transport and an accompanying presentation regarding an overview of corporate and operational performance of Merseytravel for Quarter 1 of 2017/18 (April to June).

 

Councillor Robinson commended the improved presentation of the information contained within the report. It was a user friendly way of showing how Merseytravel as an organisation was performing and he thanked the Officers for the work done to develop this.

 

These comments were echoed by Councillor McGlashan, who also referred to the mention of the punctuality of commercial bus services being affected by challenging road conditions. Local Councils had recently been given more powers to keep contractors to time when undertaking highway works and he expressed the importance of the need for Councils to publically publish schedules of works and increase pressure on contractors to complete on time in order to limit the delays suffered by the public.

 

Officers agreed that this legislation was long overdue and gave assurance that increased pressure would be applied to contractors through the Liverpool City Region’s Key Route Network Group.

 

Councillor Crone raised concerns about the re-routing of the 82 service and enquired as to how this decision was reached and what consultation took place prior to the change being implemented. He also referred to the mention in the report of the reduction in supported bus services which was leading to a reduction in supported bus service patronage, which was transferring onto commercial services and asked how it was known that this shift was occurring and not resulting in patronage being lost from the bus network.

 

Officers agreed to look into these comments outside of the meeting and provide a response to the Committee.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Philbin as to why the development of a collaborative approach with Halton Council to river crossing by road was currently suspended, it was advised that historically the ITA had a Memorandum of Understanding with Halton Council for interoperability between the Mersey Gateway Crossing and the Mersey Tunnels; however this had now been replaced by a set of principles. At the request of the Mersey Gateway Crossing Board further discussions had been suspended until the opening of the new bridge but Merseytravel were happy to re-commence this dialogue as soon as possible.

 

Councillor Stockton enquired and received clarification that the disproportionate increase in Mersey Ferries Commuter fares compared to other modes of transport was reflective of the fare level five years ago rather than where it currently stood. The fares were significantly subsidised and the combination of the Ferries Strategy and Financial Strategy had helped to reduce the Mersey Ferries deficit. It was stressed, however, that the Ferries Commuter fares were still relatively cheap when compared with other modes.

 

Councillor Stockton further asked about the reasoning behind why there had been limited progress against the delivery of the Bus Capital Programme by Asset Management during the quarter. Officers explained that this was a key part of the Bus Alliance but the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Walrus Development Programme - Update Report pdf icon PDF 218 KB

To consider a report of the Lead Officer for Transport concerning the current development of the Walrus Smart Ticketing Platform, including recent progress and future developments

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Lead Officer for Transport regarding the current developments of the Walrus Smart Ticketing Platform.

 

Following a question from Councillor Crone as to why Solo weekly tickets were available on the Walrus platform but not monthly tickets, Officers advised that there were a number of reasons for this. In order to create uniformity all weekly tickets were now available to be purchased on bus, including Arriva’s and Stagecoach’s individual tickets. The availability of products was also dependent on the cost; for example monthly tickets would only be available to purchase on the website as customer details were required should a refund need to be issued. It was also highlighted that the majority of bus commuters purchased weekly tickets.

 

Councillor Nicholas sought and received clarification that the graph contained within the report displaying ‘hotlisted trips’ showed a decline in July and August due to a change in the way that the cards were read on buses; they now had the ability to identify a card that should be no longer be in use and allowed for the deactivation of such cards.

 

Councillor Stockton commended the Officers involved in the project. There was still a lot of work to be done but a significant amount had been achieved to date.

 

Resolved that the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

33.

Mersey Tunnels Update September 2017 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To consider a report of the Lead Officer for Transport concerning a summary of key activities within the Mersey Tunnels

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Lead Officer for Transport regarding a summary of key activities within the Mersey Tunnels.

 

It was highlighted to Members that the Kingsway Tunnel Rewire, mentioned in 3.2 of the report, was now likely to run longer than December 2017 but would be completed as early as possible in the New Year.

 

Councillor Stockton enquired as to how Merseytravel were future proofing the toll system in anticipation of a cashless society.

 

He was advised that the current toll refresh was being undertaken with the short term in mind; however with the introduction of contactless payment it was expected that cash transactions would migrate to card. The extent of this shift was to be determined but other tunnels around the country received 65% of transactions by card. There were 25 million transactions made annually at the Mersey Tunnels, with over 50% made by Fast Tag and the organisation would be promoting this to encourage more users to adopt this method. Based on the outcome of customer behaviour an informed decision on the long term plans for the toll system would be made in two years and as a result any arising vacancies would be recruited to on a fixed term basis only.

 

Resolved that the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

34.

Local Journeys Strategy pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel seeking approval for the Local Journeys Strategy to be presented to the Combined Authority for endorsement

 

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of Merseytravel and an accompanying presentation seeking approval for the Local Journeys Strategy to be presented to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for endorsement.

 

 

Councillor Abbey left the meeting

 

 


Councillor Friel was pleased that air quality was a priority for the Metro Mayor. There was a need to ‘green up’ the Liverpool City Region and he welcomed the comments made by the Mayor in the document. It was also important to consider the health costs associated with air quality and this Strategy was the starting point to tackle it.

 

Councillor Crone commented that it was an important Strategy which raised a crucial issue of too many short journeys being made by car; however he felt that it did not go far enough to address the problem and made the following comments/asked the following questions:-

 

-       there were no strong targets identified;

-       if there proved to be a contradiction between economic growth and creating sustainable transport which would prevail;

-       there appeared to be a contradiction between the stated aim of prioritising sustainable transport and the Metro Mayor’s aim of reducing tunnel tolls to make the cost of commuting by car cheaper;

-       the Last Mile concept was commended but could it be applied to logistics in order to reduce the number HGVs in the City;

-       there was no mention of speed reduction, which was a big barrier to cycling and walking;

-       there was no mention of demand management and finding ways to reduce traffic;

-       it was important to embrace car free developments and build housing without parking; and

-       in order to have the desired effect the Strategy needed to be much bolder.

 

Officers responded by saying that the targets for the Strategy were currently in development. There was a Pipeline Scheme in place with an Assurance Framework, which allowed for prioritisation of schemes. In relation to air quality it was hoped that a Clean Air Strategy would soon be introduced, which would work hand in hand with the Local Journeys Strategy. The aim was to achieve both economic growth and clean air without having to sacrifice one. Speed reduction was not addressed within the Strategy but was part of the Combined Authority approved Road Safety Strategy. With regard to demand management, this was a contentious issue and difficult to do, but it was something that needed to be looked at and the Liverpool City Region Transport Advisory Group had been tasked with this. Lastly, through the Strategy, work would be undertaken to ensure that future housing developments encouraged cycling and walking. It had been acknowledged that dialogue with developers did not take place early enough and moving forward contact would be made at the pre-application stage.

 

Councillor Crone further suggested the re-introduction of bus lanes and was advised that this was being explored as part of the Bus Alliance.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Philbin regarding the availability of charging points for electric vehicles, Officers explained that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

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@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1086

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN

 

A proforma will be supplied which, for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on 1 September 2017. In this respect, return details are set out in the proforma.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that no public questions had been received.

 

 

At this point in the meeting Councillor Crone wished to place on record his dissent in relation the recommendations for the previous item; the Chair, however advised that this was not possible as the item was now resolved.

 

 

36.

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@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1086

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, 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 12noon on 6 September 2017.

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised that Committee that one statement had been received from Mr William Shortall.

 

Mr Shortall was invited to address his statement to the Committee:-

 

“Dear Committee,

                             

I know everyone here is committed to give the best possible Transport system for the LCR, however I would like to point out that the number four bus route which is a supported route and unfortunately does not meet the full needs of the LCR CA users of that particular route.

 

In particular students and school children who may use that bus to get to schools and colleges, serviced by that bus route have to wait one hour between buses everyday Monday to Saturday with no buses on the Sunday at all.

 

Given that schools pupils and those at the Greenbank College in particular may depend on this bus route, which also services Sefton park, I would suggest that this is not as good of service as can be offered and can be improved upon. 

           

I would suggest that in school terms, the service could two buses every hour not one, and a Sunday service should be introduced, especially as lot of Liverpool city events take place in Sefton Park, that is lots of local,  national and international including sporting events  take place at the Greenbank Sports Academy also, (a part of the Greenbank College and run by the Greenbank project Charity) through out the year and with events held on Sunday’s thus having no service then, is not helpful.

 

You say in your document Local Journeys Strategy on page 86 of the agenda and page 22 of the actual report that you want to improve access to leisure and health and improve access to education and training. 

 

http://liverpoolcityregionca.gov.uk/uploadedfiles/meetings/TRCM070917.pdf

 

I would ask that you give some consideration to making the Number Four bus route every half hour six days a week until 11pm which is important as people work and students take night classes and attend events after 7 pm (currently your present service ends then) and a hourly service on a Sunday.

 

I hope that the committee will give this a consideration rather than make it a bone of contention through campaigning.

 

Kind regards

 

William Shortall”

 

The Chair acknowledged the statement and thanked Mr Shortall for the submission and advised that a formal response would be provided within 10 working days of the meeting.