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 Merseytravel

Merseytravel

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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 (CA) has been created to strategically lead work on economic development, transport and emploment and skills in the City Region to support jobs and growth.
 
It allows the City Region to speak with one voice in a democratically accountable structure which can attract funding and devolved powers from Government. In May 2017 it became a Mayoral Combined Authority on the election of Steve Rotheram as the City Region's 'Metro Mayor' as part of the City Region's devolution agreement with Government. You can read more about this below. Along with the City Region Mayor, it is made up of the Mayor of Liverpool, the leaders of Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton, the Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Chair of the Transport Committee.

Transport is a key focus of the CA – recognition of the central role it plays in building the economy and enabling and encouraging regeneration.
Merseytravel is the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the 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, such as through leading on the development of the long term rail strategy,  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 Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has its own website.


The Transport Committee:

The Transport Committee of the CA is responsible for overseeing Merseytravel, making recommendations on transport to the CA and taking any decisions on matters delegated to it by the CA.
 
The Merseytravel Committee comprises of 26 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 - 4 Members
  • Liverpool City Council - 6 Members
  • St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council - 4 Members
  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council - 4 Members
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council - 4 Members
  • Halton Borough Council - 4 Members

 For further information about meetings, agendas and minutes of the Transport 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.

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