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 Priority 5


Priority 5: Engagement with Partners and Stakeholders

 

School childrenIn 2013/14 we continued to play an active role both regionally and nationally by working with partners. Communications have included working with LCR partners including the local authorities, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), bus operators and technology providers on the environmental improvement projects described in Priority 1 which also help deliver goal two of the LTP, described in that Priority.

 

Highlights include:

  • partners spending in the region of £3.5m of LTP funding supporting safe and active travel,
  • securing £465,000  from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to provide electric vehicle charging points across the Liverpool City Region and West Cheshire,
  • and receiving £800,000 from the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund, to reduce pollution from local buses across Merseyside.
 
The full LTP annual progress report is available here.
 
We attend groups including the Liverpool Chamber’s Environment and Energy Committee, the Liverpool Green Partnership and the Liverpool City Region Climate Change Network and the LEP Low Carbon Economy Committee.
Customers can ask about or comment on environmental issues via our website here.
 
Cycling and sustainable travel activities are promoted through the TravelWise website www.LetsTravelWise.org
  • Merseytravel and partners continue to deliver the Bikeability programme in Merseyside primary schools giving schoolchildren road skills and increased confidence. More than 11,000 children received the training across Merseyside in this year.
  • Schools continue to participate in the long established Walk to School week campaigns in May and October. In 2013 over 35,000 families from 170 primary schools across Merseyside took part in Walk to School week.
  • Merseytravel’s Employers Network supports a wide range of businesses with a range of free tools and initiatives to help organisations manage their transport needs and expectations. The Employers Network was set up to deliver Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) outcomes but has become a successful tool to deliver both LSTF and LTP related projects. Employers can sign up at www.LetsTravelWise.org/EmployersNetwork
 
At the end of March 2014, 309 out of 808 (or 38%) staff had completed and passed environmental training. We plan to review our approach to training in 2014/15, to ensure training is proportionate to the environmental aspects of staff’s work.
 
An environmental communications plan was developed by March 2012, however as explained in Priority 6, a new approach is emerging, which is leading to environmental issues being included within wider organisational communications. 

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