Agenda and minutes

Transport Committee
Thursday, 4th October, 2018 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Charles Yankiah 

Items
No. Item

42.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Steve Foulkes, Paul Hayes, Jimmy Jackson and Christopher Rowe.

43.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Anthony Carr declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute No. 46 by virtue of his employment as a taxi driver.

44.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To consider the minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 6 September 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Transport Committee held on 6 September 2018, be approved as a correct record.

45.

Chairs Announcement

To note any announcements made by the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair informed the Committee about the following: -

 

1)    Giants Spectacular – The Chair advised the Committee about the travel plans and delays that were expected from Friday 5 October 2018 due to the Giants Spectacular street theatre visiting the City Region. He informed the Committee that it would be a significant weekend with the Giants visiting the City Region for the third and final time and that it had been a real team effort with the transport community and stakeholders to move people around the region. It was expected to be very busy and thanked everyone involved for their assistance and support.

 

2)    Staff Recognition – The Chair informed the Committee that two valued members of staff, Steve Joyce and Ronnie Stewart (Network Performance Team) were performing Data Collection Surveys at Fazakerley Rail Station on 14th June 2018 between the 6.00pm – 12.15am shift, when a young lone female positioned herself on the platform edge potentially showing signs of taking her own life. Steve Joyce used his skill set gained from completing Managing Suicide Awareness training last year to quietly recognise the situation that was unfolding and with the use of empathy spoke to the female to attempt to avert what could have been a major tragedy. Ronnie Stewart moved from the opposite platform and alerted the retail station staff in the booking office of the situation that was unfolding and the rail staff then isolated the electric current and liaised with Police and their respective manager who attended the scene and assisted in talking the young female out of the potential harmful situation. Due to their quick thinking and actions they potentially stopped a major incident and it is further testament to the training they have undertaken with rail partners over the last 18 months for the team. A great effort from both members of the team in using avoidance techniques in saving a person’s life.

 

The meeting thanked the officers for their attendance at the meeting and for their actions and showed their appreciation.

46.

Presentation

To receive a presentation from Rob Jones, Managing Director, Merseyside and South Lancashire Stagecoach.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Rob Jones, Managing Director, Merseyside and South Lancashire which is attached to these minutes at Appendix 1.

 

The presentation focused on the following: -

 

·         Stagecoach Group Operating Divisions

·         UK Bus Divisions

·         Stagecoach MSCL

·         X5 Widnes to Liverpool

·         204 Belle Vale City

·         New buses – 100th double decker

·         Poppy bus

·         471/472

·         X2 Liverpool, Southport & Preston

·         Electric Bus

·         919 – Everton

·         Vehicle emissions

 

Members were then invited by the Chair to ask questions of the Stagecoach representative.

 

The Chair commented about the different options relating to the devolved power and that officers had requested information from Stagecoach and enquired about when the data would be returned.

 

Rob Jones informed the Committee that the data was not yet ready and still needed to be compiled.

 

The Chair enquired of Rob Jones if he had any views on the preferred partnership model going forward.

 

Rob Jones informed the Committee that the current Bus Alliance worked well and that growth had been good. He stated that there were issues with highways, but a “light tough” approach, not being too prescriptive would be a way forward and that the “Transforming the Cities Fund” would be able to assist that process.

 

Councillor Abbey enquired about if Stagecoach could assist the bus network which had been under a lot of stress and strain and whether there were any plans for the Wirral.

 

Rob Jones informed the meeting that the 204 bus was an example where there had been a reduction in the bus network and then it was taken up by Stagecoach and it had worked well. He said that it was something sustainable and that it would grow and was not just the short term benefits.  He also stated that the Wirral was supplied by one network and there were opportunities to increase the routes and add more buses on the routes which could be faster than the trains during peak times depending on the route. The X5 bus was an example and the service does work well and could be expanded.

 

Councillor Williams enquired about the 24 hour bus routes e.g. 86 bus and applauded the approach and if there would be any other 24 hour or Gold routes being introduced across the region.

 

Rob Jones informed the Committee that the 24 hour service had not performed well which was a concern, especially as the students had just returned to the region. The 86 bus was an obvious route to trial with the student population, known customers and working staff routes. He also stated that the Chester route does not work as well and was only busy with hen party’s etc. Other than that the route was quiet despite it being a vibrant City.

 

Councillor Abbey informed the Committee that if the bus took a slight detour into the Birkenhead bus station, it would make it a more attractive route and would resolve some of the issues.

 

Rob Jones informed the Committee that he would need to look into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.

47.

Mersey Ferries Update October 2018 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel aimed at supplementing the regular corporate quarterly performance report submitted to the Transport Committee, providing a summary of key activities within the Mersey Ferries, including an update on progress of the long term Mersey Ferries Strategy.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from Gary Evans providing a summary of key activities within Mersey Ferries and an update on the long term Mersey Ferries Strategy.

 

Councillor Keats enquired about the new ferry and if social value and impact would be factored in.

 

Gary Evans informed the Committee that there was a clear recognition and wider Combined Authority policy associated with investment and the local economy and the procurement process will measure it across the region.

 

Councillor Williams highlighted the Birkenhead heritage and the Wirral as far as the City Region was concerned and enquired if it would be taken into consideration in terms of the Mersey Ferries Strategy.

 

Gary Evans confirmed that it had been taken into account and officers were in constant dialogue with officers in the Wirral regarding the potential regeneration with Woodside etc.

 

Councillor Friel thanked Gary Evans for the report and the progress being made to date.

 

The Chair thanked Gary Evans for the succinct report and the excellent progress being made and stated that there were exciting times ahead that involved the procurement of a vessel or two in the short term and was looking forward to the formal launch of procurement process.

 

 

RESOLVED that Gary Evans and his team be thanked for the progress made to date and the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

48.

Policy Guidelines for the Provision of Bus Services pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To consider a report of Merseytravel updating Policy Guidelines for the Provision of Bus Services that set out the criteria and rationale which will be used by Merseytravel officers in specifying and reviewing supported bus services. 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from Suzanne Cain relating to the Policy Guidelines for the Provision of Bus Services that set out the criteria and rationale which would be used by Merseytravel officers in specifying and reviewing supported bus services.

 

Councillor Friel thanked Suzanne Cain for the details in the equality and diversity implications and was pleased with the overall report and suggested that the wording on page 25 of the report relating to the Core Network, “As this cannot be driven by cost alone” be amended to include “bearing in mind the public purse”. He also suggested that bullet point 3, page 25 under the heading “Growth” be re-worded to take into account “appropriate for journey”.

 

Suzanne Cain thanked Councillor Friel for the comments and suggested that the proposed amendments would be taken into consideration.

 

Councillor Abbey enquired about page 27 of the report and the first bullet point relating to the “400 metres walking distance of a bus route or a railway station” and whether the wording made sense or was it a national standard for service provisions.

 

Suzanne Cain confirmed that it was a national standard.

 

Councillor Howard enquired about the “Analysing Feedback” on page 28 of the report and if the feedback would be provided. He also suggested that under the heading “other considerations” if the wording could be amended to include “could service frequency be examined and reduced rather than reducing the service entirely”.

 

Suzanne Cain confirmed that the feedback would be provided and that the proposed amendments would be taken into consideration.

 

Councillor Friel advised that the recommendation be amended to include the proposed amendments being taken into consideration.

 

Councillor Abbey left the meeting at this juncture.

 

The Chair commented that the report was a really good piece of work, with the policy guidelines and proposals and congratulated Suzanne Cain. He also stated that Merseytravel was committed to ensure that every part of the City Region still had access to the bus and transport network and making sure there is a network coverage.

 

RESOLVED that the Transport Committee approve the updated Policy Guidelines for the Provisions of Bus Services as appended to the report subject to the proposed amendments from the meeting being taken into consideration.

49.

Draft Work Programme 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider the Draft Work Programme 2018/19 for the Transport Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a Draft Work Programme for the remainder of the municipal year 2018/19 for the Transport Committee.

 

Councillor Friel enquired if the Annual Budget Report being submitted on 31 January 2019 to the Committee could include a detailed breakdown of the various “pots of money” for Merseytravel and the Combined Authority.

 

John Fogarty (Treasurer) informed the Committee that a detailed breakdown would be provided when the Annual Budget Report is presented.

 

Councillor Stockton commented that it was a comprehensive work programme and thanked officers for the inclusion of Social Value and the Social Return on Investment (SROI)

 

Councillor McKinley proposed that Ethical Business practices be included as part of the Social Value and SROI report.

 

The Chair commented that the Work Programme was a good way to plan and prepare for the forthcoming meetings and it was flexible and that there may be slippage on some reports but thanked the officers for collating it and presenting it to the Committee.

 

RESOLVED that the Transport Committee notes the Work Programme for 2018/19 as amended appended to the report.

50.

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 to: 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 1st October 2018. In this respect, return details are set out in the pro-forma.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received two public questions from Mr Andrew Wennell who was in attendance and was provided an opportunity to ask his questions to the Committee as follows: -

 

Question 1 

I can count 10 stations on the Mersey rail network with ticket barriers, so not all stations have good ticket checks. Plus they don't very often check tickets on the trains. But more importantly you are talking about raising the platforms for the Mersey rail stations to make it more accessible for people. The question is how many stations in the Mersey travel zone are fully accessible and will this change when the new trains arrive in 2020?

 

The Chair thanked Mr Wennell for submitting his question and for attending the meeting and informed him that a formal response would be provided within 10 working days.

 

Question 2

There was only 1 bus route in the Liverpool area with the audio description on board. The 500 route was changed a few weeks ago to be extended to continue to Runcorn. But the buses have got smaller. Now how does that make sense? It seems to be moving backwards we need to be moving forward on this, remember accessibility is not just for people in wheelchairs. Are there plans for audio description to be Installed & when will it be rolled out?

 

The Chair thanked Mr Wennell for submitting his question and for attending the meeting and informed him that a formal response would be provided within 10 working days.

51.

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 to: 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 5.00pm on Monday 1st October 2018.

 

Minutes:

Petition submitted by Councillor Carol Storey

The Chair advised the Committee that a petition with approximately 348 signatures has been submitted by Councillor Carol Storey of Liverpool City Council on behalf of residents in Belle Vale requesting that the 165 Bus be re-instated which was used regularly by the residents of the area, a great number of whom are elderly are now only able to shop in the Belle Vale Shopping Centre occasionally as their only means of transport is by taxi. This would be detrimental to both the shops in the centre and the health and wellbeing of the residents who would be unable to get out and about

 

The Chair confirmed that a formal written response would be provided to the petitioner within 10 working days following the meeting.

 

 

Statement submitted by Mr Roland Graham

The Chair advised the Committee that the following public statement had been received from Mr Roland Graham a Wirral resident regarding “a notable form of cycling infrastructure development and a related recommendation”. Mr Graham was in attendance and was provided with the opportunity to read his statement to the Committee as follows: -

 

“Cycling is under increasingly rapid development though many would say it’s still slow. The ways it is being developed are also increasing. I am going to talk about these in London, Greater Manchester, and one part of Merseyside. These illustrate a possibility for you to judge. I’ll make a simple recommendation at the end.

 

In the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London five years ago there were about eight forms of development. Among these were ‘Tube network for the bike’ and more notably ‘Cycle superhighways’ which give cyclists plenty of space on main roads, ‘Quietways’ which are long routes encouraging cyclists with helpful designs, and ‘mini-Hollands’. These were described as the most transformational of the developments. Each one covers a large area where the streets are fit for everyone, whether walking, cycling, using public transport, or driving.

 

For cycling, “mini-Hollands” serve as local cycle networks on quiet roads. In 2001 Wallasey had five community partnerships, which were set up for advising on local developments. With cycling organisations they proposed a local cycle network, mainly on quiet roads. Notably it gives access to Liscard Centre, which is surrounded by a gyratory. Work on the network started in 2006; it includes one access to the centre; another could be added very easily. Work stopped a few years later due to reduced funding.

 

Nevertheless, it was a helpful experience. Now the Metro Mayor is giving £5m — you may be hoping for a bite — from the Transforming Cities Fund to improve the attractiveness of town centres. Town centres are cores, or focuses, in the development of local cycle networks. I recently wrote to the Mayor to spell out this point at some length. Greater Manchester has a Walking and Cycling Commissioner: Chris Boardman, a Merseysider. With his technical adviser Brian Deegan he has made a policy for planning cycle networks on minor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.

52.

Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair

To consider any other urgent business.

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business.