Agenda and minutes

Transport Committee
Thursday, 7th June, 2018 2.00 pm

Contact: Democratic Services team 

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chair

Minutes:

The Senior Democratic Services Officer opened the meeting and invited nominations for the appointment of Chair of the Transport Committee for the ensuing year. It was moved by Councillor Abbey and seconded by Councillor Friel; and:-

 

Resolved that Councillor Liam Robinson be appointed Chair of the Transport Committee for the ensuing year.

 

 

2.

Appointment of Deputy Chair

Minutes:

The Chair invited nominations for the appointment of Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee for the ensuing year. It was moved by Councillor Robinson and seconded by Councillor Abbey, and:-

 

Resolved that Councillor Friel be appointed Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee for the ensuing year.

 

 

3.

Chair's Announcement

Minutes:

The Chair asked the Committee to note with sadness the passing of Gary Ennis, Merseytravel’s Head of IT.

 

Gary had been with Merseytravel for 8 years and had made a significant impact on IT provision within the organisation, in addition to his involvement in external projects such as Smart and Transport for the North. He would be missed by the organisation and in particular his work colleagues.

 

The Committee extended its condolences to Mr Ennis’ friends and family, and stood to observe a minute’s silence.

 

 

4.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

 

 

5.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the last meeting held on 5 April 2018 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

6.

Combined Authority Constitution, Committee Terms of Reference and Membership 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer concerning the approved Constitution for the Combined Authority and the terms of reference and membership as appointed by the constituent District Councils.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Monitoring Officer regarding the approved Constitution of the Combined Authority along with the Committee’s Terms of Reference and Membership, as appointed by the Constituent District Councils.

 

With regard to the changes in membership, which this year had been substantial. Councillor Robinson expressed thanks to the former Members in turn:-

 

Councillor Les Rowlands had been a long standing member of the Transport Committee, as well as its predecessor the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (MITA). He was a true gentleman and held in high regard by his colleagues on the Committee. His approach to constructive criticism, as an Opposition Member, was commended;

 

Councillor John Bradshaw had stood down due to him being Lord Mayor of Halton for this Municipal Year. Best wishes were sent to him in his new role;

 

Councillor Allan Jones was thanked for his contribution during his year on the Committee and was commended for his passion about his constituency. Best wishes were sent to him for the future;

 

Councillor Mike Wynn had stood down as a Councillor and his wife had replaced him, who was now also a member of the Committee. He was wished well for the future;

 

Councillor Tom Crone was the first Green Party Member to sit on the Transport Committee. He was a very thoughtful and informed Member of the Committee and his contribution was much appreciated;

 

Councillor Ken McGlashan had been a very long standing member of the Transport Committee and its predecessors, the MITA and the Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority, joining in 2005. During his time as a Member he was involved in a number of areas of transport, most recently as Lead Member for Tunnels, Ferries and Visitor Economy. He was a gentleman and a true ambassador for Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region and always sold the area in a proud manner. He was thanked for his years of service and wished the very best for the future;

 

Councillor Mary Rasmussen had stood down as she was now Chief Whip at Liverpool City Council. Her passion about her ward and about young people was admirable. She had made a big difference during her years on the Committee, most notably being a key driver in the introduction of MyTicket and this would be her lasting legacy;

 

Councillor Pam Thomas had also stood down and was another Member who was leaving a significant legacy. She was instrumental in ensuring that the new Rolling Stock would have full level access from the platforms on to the trains. This would make the Merseyrail network the most accessible railway in the country and was testament to Councillor Thomas’ hard work;

Councillor Jeremy Wolfson had taken on a Mayoral lead role and was wished well for the future. He had made a great impact on bus during his time assisting the Lead Member Bus and would be greatly missed;

 

Councillor Gillian Flatley’s ill health had prevented her from getting as involved in the Committee as she would have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Cycle of Meetings and Appointments to Outside Bodies and Spokespersons 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer concerning the cycle of meetings and appointments to outside bodies and spokespersons 2018/19.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Monitoring Officer regarding cycle of meetings for 2018/19, the appointment of representatives to Outside Bodies and the nomination of Spokespersons to answer questions on the discharge of functions.

 

Motion by Councillor Robinson, seconded by Councillor Friel

 

That:-

 

A)           Cycle of Meetings

 

(i)            the cycle of meetings for 2018/19 as set out below for the Transport Committee be approved:

 

12 July

9 August

6 September

4 October

1 November

13 December

10 January

31 January

7 March

4 April

 

(ii)          meetings be held in the Authority Chamber, No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool at 2pm; and

 

(iii)         attendance at briefing sessions for Members on transport related matters be agreed as an approved duty.

 

B)           Outside Bodies

 

(i)            Appointment of Members to Outside Bodies be as follows:

 

(a)  City Regions Transport Special Interest Group

Councillors Liam Robinson, Gordon Friel and John Dodd

 

(b)  North West Employers

Councillor Sue Murphy

 

(c)  Mersey Ferries Limited

Councillors Keith Roberts and Christopher Rowe

 

(d)  Beatles Story Limited

Councillors Jerry Williams, Ged Philbin and Frances Wynn

 

(e)  West Coast 250

Councillor Gordon Friel

 

(f)           TravelSafe Board

Councillors John Stockton, Patrick McKinley and Geoff Pearl

 

C)    District Council Spokespersons be notified to the Monitoring Officer

 

D)   Appointments by the Combined Authority

 

The continuing appointment by the Combined Authority of the Chair of the Transport Committee on the Transport for the North Partnership Board, the Association of Rail North Authority Leaders, as a Director of Rail North Ltd, as a co-opted member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority holding the transport portfolio on behalf of the City Region, and as a member of the European Structural and Investment Fund Committee.

 

The Motion was then put, carried and it was Resolved Accordingly

8.

Bike Life pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel and an associated presentation by the Programme Development Officer and the Bike Life Officer concerning Bike Life.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of Merseytravel and an accompanying presentation from John Smith, Programme Development Officer at Merseytravel, concerning the national Bike Life programme led by Sustrans, which was the largest assessment of cycling developments in UK cities.

 

John Brelsford from Sustrans was also in attendance to answer any questions.

 

Councillor Stockton commented that the greatest barrier to cycling was the perception of safety. He referred to the 126 miles of separate cycle track in Edinburgh, as mentioned in the presentation, and enquired as to how something similar could be implemented in the Liverpool City Region.

 

Mr Smith agreed that safety was the number one concern for those considering cycling. Segregated routes were wanted wherever possible and this would be picked up as part of the Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. A report about this would be brought to a future meeting.

 

In relation to safety, Councillor Friel commented that it would be interesting to see how many of the people consulted during the study had cycled previously but were now reluctant to do so. The condition of roads, particularly the number of pot holes, was also a barrier. On average a payout for a motorist was £900 per claim, whereas a cyclist was £11,000 per claim.

 

Councillor Friel further enquired as to whether elderly people had been engaged in the study. The introduction of battery operated bikes could remove the barrier to cycling for this generation.

 

Mr Brelsford commented that E-bikes would transform cycling and Bike Life was demonstrating that a significant number of people would cycle if the right provision was available. All cities involved in the programme wanted more cycling and Bike Life assisted with addressing and solving the barriers in order to make that happen. It required significant commitment and Sustrans looked forward to working with Merseytravel to improve cycling across the Liverpool City Region.

 

Mr Smith added that reasons for people choosing not to cycle was a gap in Merseytravel’s knowledge base at present. In order to rectify this, the Engagement Team was holding focus groups. The findings would then be used as a basis for a larger piece of research and feed into Sustrans’ report in 2020.

 

Councillor Philbin commended the report and presentation. He also highlighted the impact of cycling on pedestrians and stressed the importance of cyclists being made aware of their responsibilities. Mr Brelsford responded that Sustrans were a cycling and walking charity, so considered both elements in their work and through Bike Life. Motor vehicles, however were still the biggest threat to pedestrians.

 

Councillor Wynn noted with concern that the report stated no specialised equipment was required for cycling but felt that a helmet was classed as such equipment and should be encouraged to be worn. Mr Brelsford advised that there was no legal requirement to wear a cycle helmet. There was mixed research on the benefits of wearing helmets and was ultimately down to personal choice. Sustrans position was neutral and instead they promoted the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Call for Evidence Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: Safety Review - Response of the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 212 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning the Liverpool City Region response to the call for evidence on safety for walking and cycling by the Department for Transport.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of Merseytravel concerning the Liverpool City Region response to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Call for Evidence as part of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy on the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

 

John Smith, highlighted several innovative schemes that Merseytravel were leading on, which included the building of a model with Liverpool John Moore’s University that would predict risk for cyclists, the development of an app for pre-warning for cyclists; expected for completion in October, and lastly research into adult pedestrians was being undertaken due to the high number of deaths in the Liverpool City Region.

 

Councillor Howard expressed his disappointment about the Committee receiving this consultation response after it had been submitted. With hindsight he felt it may have been beneficial to email it to the Members for comments beforehand. He also highlighted a number of instances throughout the report where the viewpoint on the wearing of cycle helmets was contradictory. It was important that the Liverpool City Region was not seen to be supporting the non-wearing of helmets. He further referred to the mention in the response of some local authorities taking over the enforcement of parking and some motoring offences and advised that Halton Council were not one of those Local Authorities and the police still had responsibility, although lacked the resources to do it effectively.

 

 

Councillor Abbey left the meeting.

 

 


The Head of Paid Service explained that the response was trying to convey that if the infrastructure, training and behaviour were right a helmet was not needed; however incidents did happen whereby a helmet reduced injury. It ultimately made the point that a helmet was a sensible measure but not necessarily the sole answer to the problem, as other areas needed to be addressed first. The answers Councillor Howard was referring to were to written in different contexts and in no way contradictory.

 

Councillor Stockton noted his surprise at best practice from other countries, such as Holland, not being included in the response. Mr Smith advised that the DfT had requested short responses; however conversations had been held with them regarding best practice from other countries. Merseytravel was constantly horizon scanning for this in Europe and further afield.

 

Councillor Stockton requested a further report detailing examples of best practice and how it could be implemented in the Liverpool City Region to make the infrastructure safer for cyclists. Mr Smith advised that, as mentioned in the previous item, a report on the Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan would be submitted to a future meeting and would include a few examples of best practice from other countries.

 

With regard to private companies who invested in public infrastructure, Councillor Carr commented that he was wary of such schemes as something was always wanted in return. ‘Bike Mountain’ which was the UBER for bicycles was being introduced across the country and he was concerned that should it be introduced in the Liverpool City Region the bikes would be ‘dumped’ and the Local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

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 pro-forma will be supplied which, for this meeting must be returned by

5.00pm on ……………… (three working days before the meeting). In this respect, return details are set out in the pro-forma.

 

 

11.

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 (day before the meeting)

Minutes:

The Committee were advised that a petition had been referred by the Combined Authority relating to the cancellation of the 135/235 Bootle Bus Station Circular service and signed by 89 people.

 

The petition would be referred to the appropriate officers within Merseytravel and a written response would be provided within 10 working days.

 

12.

Northern Rail

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that an urgent motion had been submitted.

 

Motion by Councillor by Councillor Friel, seconded by Councillor Foulkes

 

That:-

 

Northern Rail be notified that this Committee wish to see any independent report commissioned be put in the public domain and a copy of said report be submitted to the Transport Committee.

 

The Motion was then put, carried and Resolved Accordingly.

 

Councillor Robinson welcomed the Motion. The changes implemented by the operator should have made significant improvements; however it caused serious issues and it was hoped that it would never be repeated.

 

It was agreed that a senior member of Northern Rail’s team be invited to the next meeting.