Merseytravel is the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.
Merseytravel delivers transport projects that support the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region. The focus is on improving connectivity within the region and beyond, improving the customer experience from ticket buying to journey planning and maintaining the integrated transport network, including the Mersey Ferries and Mersey Tunnels, to ensure it is fit for the future, accessible and safe. The aim is to make it world class.
Merseytravel works in partnership with central, regional and local government, the Local Enterprise Partnership, public transport operators, other Passenger Transport Executives, the business community, community groups and members of the public.
The Combined Authority
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, working with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, will strategically lead work on economic development, transport and employment and skills in the City Region to support jobs and growth.
It will provide clear leadership and greater transparency, while creating a legal entity which will be in a position to attract funding and devolved powers from Government, including accessing the £2bn Local Growth Fund.
The Combined Authority’s transport responsibilities include transport policy, strategic highways– oversight of the city region’s key roads, freight, walking and cycling, tunnels and public transport.
The membership is made up of the five Liverpool City Region local authority leaders, the Elected Mayor of Liverpool and the Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership. Members are Councillor Rob Polhill (Halton), Councillor Ron Round (Knowsley), Mayor Joe Anderson (Liverpool), Councillor Barrie Grunewald (St Helens), Councillor Peter Dowd (Sefton), Councillor Phil Davies (Wirral) and Robert Hough (Chairman, Local Enterprise Partnership).
For more information about the Combined Authority visit the Knowsley Council
For information about the Combined Authority Audit Committee please click here
The Merseytravel Committee:
The Combined Authority has a number of committees. The Transport Committee called the “Merseytravel Committee” is responsible for overseeing Merseytravel, making recommendations on transport to the Combined Authority and taking any decisions on matters delegated to it by the Combined Authority.
The Merseytravel Committee comprises of 20 Members, each of whom must be an elected Councillor, elected to one of the six Constituent Councils of the Combined Authority area. The Constituent Councils appoint Members to the Transport Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1985. These appointments are made in the following proportions:-
- Knowsley Council - 2 Members
- Liverpool City Council - 6 Members
- St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council - 2 Members
- Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council - 4 Members
- Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council - 4 Members
- Halton Borough Council - 2 Members
For further information about meetings, agendas and minutes of the Merseytravel Committee, please click here.
For information about the Combined Authority Audit Committee please click here.
The Combined Authority and transport in Halton
The Combined Authority will take on both the political decision-making responsibilities for transport in Merseyside and Halton. The Merseytravel committee will be made up of councillors from the five districts of Merseyside and Halton.
However, it is intended that transport delivery will be managed independently through existing policies for each area initially. In practice this means that such things as concessionary schemes and approaches to supported bus services and park and ride will continue as now.
Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority Archive
If you would like to know how the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (MITA) was structured, functioned, and performed until April 2014, click here.