Liverpool City Region Long
Term Rail Strategy update review
AN updated Long Term Rail Strategy was
presented to the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee, on Thursday, 2
November 2017, for its endorsement. Taking into account national and local
developments which will impact the future delivery of the Strategy, the update
reviews the overall programme of projects, takes stock of what has already been
achieved, and considers how new projects might be prioritised.
It is also an
opportunity to incorporate a number of projects which were not started prior to
the initial Strategy, including:- HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, and to ensure
that the growing importance of cross border transport demand is incorporated.
The capacity challenge at Liverpool Central Station and the significance of the
station in relation to developments on the Merseyrail and wider rail network is
The update highlights the significant progress that has already been made over
the last 3 years with projects either delivered, or in the process of being
delivered, by Liverpool City Region and other external parties, including:- the
Halton Curve upgrade, a new Station, at Maghull North, a Station upgrade at
Newton-le-Willows, commitment for a new rolling stock fleet and the
redevelopment of Liverpool Lime Street Station.
Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of The Combined Authority Transport Committee, which
oversees the work of Merseytravel, said:- "It's important that we are
realistic about our long term rail aspirations and our ambitious plans to
provide an improved network for the future, meeting passenger needs and boosting
economic opportunity. Whilst we already enjoy good levels of service there is
more that we can do to provide increased capacity and frequencies, which would
support projected economic growth and maximise the economic Benefits of the City
Region's assets and potential."
The Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy was adopted by the Combined
Authority in September 2014 with the objective of ensuring that the rail network
meets the region's needs over the next 30 years and beyond. It presents a clear
vision for the development of the network and the important role that rail will
play in the economic development of Liverpool City Region and its surrounding
areas, maximising its contribution to the wider UK economy and acting as a
catalyst for growth.
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Metro Mayor demands the
Government end cover up culture
METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram has called
on the Prime Minister to implement, in full, the proposed Public Authorities
(Accountabilities) Bill, also known as:- 'the Hillsborough Law.'
The Bill, if passed, would compel those in Public Office to act with candour and
in a way that is truthful when responding to investigations into their conduct.
The Bill would introduce the option of punishment by prison sentence for those
who lie or try to hide the truth.
The Bill was brought before Parliament, on 29 March 2017, by the Rt Hon Andy
Burnham and was approved at 1st reading. Mayor Rotheram was 1 of the Bill's
12 sponsors. It was due to have its 2nd reading on 12 May 2017, however due
to the announcement of the 2017 General Election, the Bill fell following the
dissolution of Parliament.
Speaking ahead of the expected release tomorrow of former Bishop James Jones's
report into the experience of the Hillsborough families, Mayor Rotheram said:-
"Today, there is a clear and unambiguous call by HM Opposition, and those
associated with the Hillsborough campaigns for Justice, for implementation of
the Hillsborough Law as an instrument in restoring trust and confidence in our
public institutions. In the 28 years that have passed since the Hillsborough
tragedy, there have been too many occasions where cover up and secrecy have
pervaded our public life when things have gone wrong. Governments of all colours
have been too slow to respond to this culture, which has no place in our modern
democracy. The Prime Minister must commit to the full implementation of the
Hillsborough Law. With enquiries on going into historic child sexual abuse, and
more recently the Grenfell Tower disaster, this law is needed now, just as it
was needed 28 years ago."
Hundreds caught in Taxi
TAXI licensing officials in Liverpool
have issued scores of cautions and defect notices to Private Hire and Hackney
drivers over the last month, in a bid to improve standards and enforce the law.
Operations by Council Officers and Merseyside Police have identified drivers
from:- Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral who were committing a range of
A total of 14 drivers were fined a total of ₤4,655, at Liverpool Magistrates
Court, on Thursday, 26 October 2017, for offences including tyre defects, trying to pick
up passengers who had not booked and driving without insurance.
In addition, 118 vehicle defect notices and 57 cautions have been issued for
offences such as cherry picking, parking a Private Hire on a Hackney Taxi stand,
having an illegal tyre and not having their plates firmly fixed on; while a
further 7 vehicles were ordered off the road immediately. And 160 fixed
penalty notices have been issued to the drivers of private cars who parked
illegally on Taxi Stands, taking up space meant for Hackneys.
2 other drivers; 1 private Hire and 1 Hackney; have had their licences
revoked for drug related offences.
Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said:- "We
want to make sure that our taxi industry is fair, and we are determined to crack
down on those drivers who are flouting the rules. Our aim is to make the playing
field for all drivers as level as it can be. Unfortunately, there are a very
small minority who breach regulations, and we are committed to taking action and
in doing so, send a clear message out that it is not acceptable. Passengers
should always ensure they only use properly Licensed Taxis or pre-book Private
Hire vehicles, otherwise they are placing themselves in danger."
The prosecutions are part of a series of measures being undertaken by the
Council and Police to crackdown on taxi and private hire drivers breaking the
The Council works with Police Officers who have been through a specialist Taxi
Licensing course to help them spot vehicles that aren't compliant with the law.