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 Combined Authority

Combined Authority

Chamber in progressThe Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) has been created to strategically lead work on economic development, transport and employment and skills in the City Region to support jobs and
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 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 Transport 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 Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has its own website.

Read about the May 2017 election

Liverpool City Region Mayor

The Liverpool City Region Mayor is part of our Devolution Agreement with Government, which has secured over £500 million for the City Region between 2016 and 2021, as well as allowing decisions on key priorities to be made locally including those on transport, employment, skills, housing and new development.
The Liverpool City Region elected mayor Chairs the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and will exercise a number of devolved powers and functions. In the case of transport, these include, but are not limited to:
• A devolved and consolidated Transport Budget
This will include all relevant devolved highways funding, with a multi-year settlement to be agreed at the Spending Review in contrast to the previous approach where transport funding was allocated each year on a piecemeal basis.  This is a better option because it gives greater certainty to the City Region over funding levels over a five-year period, and also allows greater freedoms in terms of how funds are used to deliver transport priorities. 
• Introduce new powers in relation to bus
The Bus Services Act, which received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017, grants Combined Authorities, with an elected Mayor, different options of providing bus services such as the possibility of franchising and/or a strengthened partnership approach with operators. This is  to drive up standards for customers, building on the work of the existing Bus Alliance which has helped the City Region become one of the highest performing areas across all the areas surveyed by Transport Focus in its Bus Passenger Survey (March 2017)
• A Key Route Network of local roads
This would enable the city region to manage its most important roads in a more co-ordinated way as is the case in London, offering benefits such as more consistent winter gritting regimes, more consistent lighting standards, traffic management, speed limits and waiting restrictions. It would also better allow the City Region to align new development with transport needs, provide a single and stronger voice to negotiate with government, funding bodies and national agencies, and bring about economies of scale to deliver highway schemes and improvements more quickly and more effectively.

Alongside major transport schemes such as a new station at Maghull North, due for completion in May 2018, and plans to reopen the Halton Curve to improve connections between Liverpool, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and North Wales, here are some recent improvements which would fall under the Mayor’s responsibility. The Mayor will have a City Region remit, rather than a local remit, to take decisions that are in the best interests of the Liverpool City Region as a whole and will act as a figurehead for the City Region , strengthening our ability to co-ordinate delivery and negotiate with partners.
Knowsley Industrial Park Access & Connectivity
Knowsley Industrial Park is strategically positioned in terms of its close proximity to major transport infrastructure, including the M57, A580, Potters Rail Terminal and the region’s airports.

Silver Jubilee Bridge Major Maintenance
The Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB) is an iconic, landmark structure of strategic importance to the local and regional highway network. It is the largest highway bridge in the UK maintained by a Local Authority.
You can find out more information about Local Transport Delivery on our website.

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