Agenda and minutes

Transport Committee
Thursday, 6th September, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP. View directions

Contact: Charles Yankiah 

Items
No. Item

31.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Paul Hayes, Patrick McKinley, Christopher Rowe and Helen Thompson.

32.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

33.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider the minutes of the last meeting held on 9 August 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 9 August 2018, be approved as a correct record.

 

 

Matters Arising

Minute No. 28 – Merseytravel Accounts 2017-2018

Councillor Nicholas enquired about the feedback on the image.

 

The Chair commented that the information was fed back and was advised that it would be amended wherever possible.

34.

Network Rail Presentation

To consider a presentation by a senior representative of Network Rail concerning current issues.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Patrick Cawley and Marcus Barnes (Senior Sponsor, Network Rail) of Network Rail which is attached to these minutes at Appendix 1.

 

The presentation focused on the following: -

 

·         Liverpool Lime Street upgrade – Grade II listed building

o   5,000 workers completing over 1million hours of work

o   3 km of new track installed

o   11km of new overhead wiring installed

o   12 new point ends

o   26 new signals

·         Phase 2 – successful completion

o   Longer platforms

o   Wider platforms

·         Capacity boost – increased services, increase in capacity and improved reliability

·         Remaining Works – Platforms 1 and 2

o   To be completed on 2 September (already completed) and 10 October 2018

·         Key Considerations

o   Transportation plans

o   Movement of passengers

o   Noise and potential disturbance to neighbouring houses/businesses

o   Communication approach

·         LCR Investment - £340m

·         Newton Le Willows – new station built within 9 months and opened in June 2018

·         New subway being built - without disruptions to railway, due to open in autumn

·         Wavertree – signalling over 3 phases completed in May (Bank holiday)

·         New services into Liverpool via Chester was a success

 

Members were then invited by the Chair to ask questions of the Network Rail representatives.

 

Councillor Friel expressed his thanks for the work done on Liverpool Lime Street Station and its delivery and enquired about the investment Merseytravel were making in rolling stock and why not Network Rail? He also enquired about the issues with the way in which the prices were constructed for Maghull North and stated that it was not fair and equitable in terms of the funding and being delivered.

 

Patrick Cawley informed the Committee that in relation to the rolling stock, he had been to Switzerland to see the project and there was a lot of certainty in terms of tackling the development of the project and working with a client who knew what they want like Merseytravel. He also said that it helped if the client supported and understood the risks etc. He stated that he managed portfolios of projects and programmes for Network Rail and worked closely with colleagues. Network Rail did not take a profit and dealt purely with costs as the rail regulations were clear and guidelines were based upon how it is built and balanced across the industry and portfolio. Risk always sits with the client and money does not line any pockets as it is strictly governed by the regulator, in terms of delivery etc.

 

Councillor Keats expressed concerns regarding the delivery of the platforms and the large amounts of detritus on the line between Kirkby and Liverpool Central Station and enquired about how it would be cleaned and whether or not it would be monitored regularly. He also stated that Liverpool Central Station is one of the busiest stations and would Network Rail be considering any investment?

 

In relation to Liverpool Central Station Patrick Cawley advised that there were capacity challenges and that it was a busier station than  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

Quarter 1 Merseytravel Corporate Plan Performance and Financial Monitoring Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 363 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning an overview of financial, corporate and operational performance of Merseytravel for Quarter 1 (April to June) 2018/19 and providing an indicator to any key risks to future performance during the year

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report of Merseytravel presented by Sarah Johnston (Head of Finance) and Stephen Littler (Performance Manager) relating to the Merseytravel Corporate Plan Performance and Financial Monitoring Report 2018/19.

 

Members enquired about the following:

 

·         Paragraph 4.3 – Bus Services (Favourable/Unfavourable column), what does the £6,000 mean?

·         Paragraph 4.11 – 4.13 – will the reserves be affected?

·         Paragraph 5.2 – KPI 3 refers to Ferries are slightly above target and then KPI 4, refers to Mersey Ferries is above target but Leisure is slightly below. Which is it?

·         Paragraph 5.2 – KPI 4, Punctuality – are messages getting across to providers?

·         Paragraph 5.2 – KPI 6, could the mystery shopper be extended?

·         Appendix B – Merseytravel monthly revenue financial monitoring report to June 2018, Total Employees – could the number also be included?

 

Sarah Johnston informed the Committee that in relation to paragraph 4.3 and the £6,000, it reflected the spend to date from a £4m budget. She also stated that the reserves would not be affected.

 

Stephen Littler informed the Committee that in relation to the KPIs, he would communicate the concerns to the Head of Bus and amend/clarify accordingly where required.

 

Councillor Steve Foulkes informed the Committee that £8.5m worth of savings would have to be delivered which was a similar position to that of last year, so it was going to be a tough budget. There were plans for the reserves, so it would be a tough year.

 

The Chair thanked the officers for providing an open and transparent report in terms of risks etc and encouraged the officers to look into how it would be managed. He informed the Committee that the discussions have already started with the Metro Mayor and they would be looking at ways to mitigate any difficulties. He also reminded everyone that they were “mystery shoppers” each day, being the eyes and ears of the organisation in the interest of the travelling public.

 

RESOLVED that the contents of the report with the agreed amendments be noted.

 

36.

Responses to National Consultations (Bus Services) pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning two open consultations by the Department for Transport on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and on open data legislation and also advising about a Transport Select Committee inquiry into the decline of the bus market in England outside London.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report of Merseytravel presented by Suzanne Cain (Transport Policy Co-ordinator) relating to the responses to the national consultations and alerted members to two open consultations by the Department for Transport (DfT) on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and on open data legislation and to a Transport Select Committee inquiry into the decline of the bus market in England outside London.

 

Members asked that the following responses and feedback be captured in the responses to the consultation: -

 

·         Equality and Diversity Implications – disabled and low income families would not purchase tickets if prices increased and it would need to be looked at in terms of demographics in comparison to London.

·         Paragraph 6.1 – can “Members are reminded of the requirements” be omitted, because it was usually in each report and members were aware of it.

·         There was an issue around the decline in the bus routes, but Merseyside was “bucking the trend” and increasing the usage e.g. quality of vehicles and the Bus Alliance.

·         It has all helped and despite the biggest barriers being low incomes and affordability and the impact on Local Government relating to cuts and austerity, it does dis-enfranchise members of the community.

·         In rural areas wholesale bus routes are being removed, which isolates large pockets of communities.

·         Excellent responses have been collated.

·         Government will obviously transfer responsibility without the cash and the responses should stress this, that the resources and cash are needed to make changes.

 

Suzanne Cain informed the Committee that all the comments and feedback would be taken into account when collating the final response and informed the Committee that in relation to paragraph 6.1, although the members were already aware, it was important to keep the statement to “hammer” home the idea to the decision makers.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that he had been working with the relevant bus representatives and will do a final email for feedback before sending it off to the officers, to ensure it was a strong response. He stated that Open Data was confusing at times because it had not been an obligation for the bus service in comparison to what had been done with the trains and ferries and audio-visual displays should already be on buses as the public needs to get information and it should be in the bus industry as soon as possible.

 

 

RESOLVED that: -

 

a)    The draft responses to the DfT consultations as appended to the report and the proposed broad content of the responses to the Transport Select Committee call for evidence be considered and amended accordingly; and

 

b)    Delegated Authority to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning in conjunction with the Chair of the Transport Committee, to agree the finalised responses for submission on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ahead of the September deadlines be granted.

37.

Responses to Department for Transport Consultations (The Future of Mobility and Last Mile Freight and Logistics) pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning concerning two open consultations by the Department for Transport on the Future of Mobility and Last Mile Freight & Logistics.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning presented by Alex Naughton (Transport Policy Officer) relating to the responses to the national consultations and alerted members to two open consultations by the Department for Transport (DfT) on the Future of Mobility and Last Mile Freight & Logistics.

 

Members asked that the following responses and feedback be captured in the response to the consultation: -

 

·         In relation to paragraph 4.4.2 the infrastructure would cost money and if it was not coming from Government, then it would prevent the roll out of the strategy and restrict any progress.

·         Electric vehicles could be a savings for larger companies e.g. Amazon etc. and the infrastructure should be looked at in cities and where the Government was investing.

·         Deliveries by drones was already under consideration for large organisations like Amazon in relation to the vehicle congestion and time taken in city centres.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that Transport for the West Midlands are in advance talks with local trains to include delivery sections on board. He stated that the draft response was good and it would be great to include the issues raised made regarding the congestion and deliveries.

 

Alex Naughton thanked everyone for their contributions and advised the Committee that he would revise the draft response accordingly before submission.

 

RESOLVED that: -

 

a)    The importance of responding to two salient consultation documents that linked closely with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and its Transport Committee’s policies and ambitions and provided comments and observations in response be noted and amended accordingly; and

 

b)    Delegated Authority to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning in conjunction with the Chair of the Transport Committee, to agree the responses for submission on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ahead of the September deadlines be granted.

 

38.

Department for Transport Consultation on the Cross Country Passenger Rail Franchise pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning the public consultation exercise being conducted by the Department for Transport in respect of the new Cross Country passenger rail franchise.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report of Merseytravel presented by David Jones (Rail Development Manager) relating to the draft responses to the public consultation document proposed for a new Cross Country Passenger Rail Franchise and sought members views on the proposed response.

 

Members asked that the following responses and feedback be captured in the response to the consultation: -

 

·         Questions 13 -16 made reference to smart ticketing, the response needed to be more detailed and should reflect technology and provisions for the younger generation in terms of “apps” etc.

·         Question 21-22 made reference to carriage layouts, but there was a lack of luggage space on trains for it to be stored securely and safely, could this be addressed in the response.

·         The outline was right and the service should return, but the response should include raising the issues with franchises as well.

 

David Jones thanked everyone for their contributions and advised the Committee that he would revise the draft response accordingly before submission.

 

The Chair commented that it was a good draft response and requested that all the comments be taken on board about the Cross Country franchise. He also stated that as a region it needed to connect to the South of England and that a lot of work has been done with the Welsh Government to improve connections and service delivery.

 

RESOLVED that: -

 

a)    The draft response to the Department for Transport’s consultation attached at Appendix A to the report be considered and amended accordingly; and

 

b)    Delegated Authority to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning in conjunction with the Chair of the Transport Committee, to agree the finalised responses for submission on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority be granted.

 

39.

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 Monday 3 September 2018. In this respect, return details are set out in the pro-forma.

 

 

Minutes:

No questions were submitted for this item.

40.

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 12.00 Noon on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Minutes:

Statement submitted by Karen McDonald

The Chair advised the Committee that a public statement had been received from Karen McDonald, a resident in Rainford regarding the reduction of a Bus service from Rainford to St Helen’s and a reduction in the bus service regarding the Arriva route.

 

The Chair confirmed that he would provide a written response to Karen Donald.

 

Petition submitted by Councillor Michael Haw

The Chair advised the Committee that a petition with approximately 600 signatures had been submitted by Councillor Michael Haw of St Helen’s on behalf of residents in Eccleston requesting the re-introduction of the 137/138 and 184/195 hourly bus services that served Eccleston and Eccleston Park in St Helen’s which were recently withdrawn from service.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that the Transport Committee did not control the whole of the bus network and it would be difficult to tell the bus networks what they could and couldn’t deliver, given that there had been cuts across the region, but Merseytravel had done a lot to ensure that the region lost a minimum number of routes.

 

The Chair confirmed that he would provide a written response to Councillor Haw.

 

The Chair addressed the meeting about the petition that had been submitted by Councillor Haw and expressed his annoyance at the Liberal Democrat Focus leaflet that provided the contact details of the junior officer at Merseytravel including an email address and mobile number. He believed that it was not a mistake and was meant to target and intimidate the officer concerned, as Councillor Haw had done this previously and was warned about it.

 

Councillor Pearl informed the Committee that he would provide the feedback to Councillor Haw and that the officers’ mobile number should not have been included on the leaflet and he assured the Committee that it would not happen again.

 

The Chair confirmed that he would be seeking the appropriate reparations and an apology from Councillor Haw.

 

 

41.

Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business.