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 Local Transport

 

Today, transport authorities are increasingly moving beyond traditional "public transport" as in trains, buses, trams etc and towards "mobility". With mobility the focus is about getting passengers and freight efficiently from A to B regardless of transport mode.  It is about the entire journey experience from end to end and the ticket / payment platforms and information systems that help integrate and link all the different modes of transport.

 

Rail

 

The Liverpool City Region is home to an extensive rail network including the City Line into Liverpool Lime Street rail station and the local Merseyrail network.

 

Merseyrail is an urban network of vital importance to the transport infrastructure of the Liverpool City Region, operating on the Wirral and Northern lines. It is one of the most punctual and reliable railway networks in the UK, with consistently high scores for customer satisfaction.  It runs almost 800 trains per day, carrying more than 100,000 passengers on an average weekday. There are 66 stations on the network, four of which are underground in the city centre, giving easy access to work, study, shopping and leisure.

 

Key train operators serving the Liverpool City Region include Merseyrail Electrics, Northern Railway, Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains.

 

https://www.merseyrail.org/

https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/

https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/

https://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/

https://www.londonmidland.com/

https://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/

https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

 

National Rail

National Railcards

PlusBus

Rail & Sail with Stena Line to Belfast via Liverpool

Rail & Sail with Isle of Man Steam Packet to Douglas via Liverpool

 

We also support Community Rail Partnerships such as Borderlands Line.

http://www.borderlandsline.com/

 

National organisations relevant for the rail industry include:

 

Network Rail 

 

In September 2014, Merseytravel published a long term rail strategy setting out rail plans to improve connectivity and capacity within the Liverpool City Region and beyond during the next 30 years. This strategy is due to be refreshed regularly, with an update due out later this year (2017). Click here to see the full Rail Strategy document.

 

New Trains for Merseyrail

Merseytravel has ordered brand new trains for the Merseyrail network and these are due to be introduced in 2020. Click here to find out more about the new trains.

 

Growth Track 360

The Liverpool City Region also works closely with partners in West Cheshire and North Wales to improve rail services and connectivity through the Growth Track 360 campaign.

http://www.growthtrack360.com/

 

High Speed Rail

The Liverpool City Region is also working hard with partners to maximise the benefits of HIgh Speed Rail. Click here to find out more about this campaign.

 

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Bus

 

Bus travel is one of the most important modes in the Liverpool City Region. The majority of the network is run commercially by the major bus operators.

Some of the major operators in the Liverpool City Region include Arriva, Stagecoach, Cumfy Bus and Halton Transport.

 

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-west/

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/

http://www.haltontransport.co.uk/

http://www.cumfybus.co.uk/

 

Click here to find out more about Buses and Merseytravel.

Click here to see the full Bus Strategy document.

 

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Coaches

 

Liverpool ONE bus station is also served by long distance coach services to destinations across the UK operated by National Express Coaches and Megabus.

 

http://www.nationalexpress.com/

https://uk.megabus.com/

 

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Mersey Ferries

 

Merseytravel owns and operates the Mersey Ferries, Beatles Story, U-Boat Story and the Spaceport attractions. Mersey Ferries has become the Liverpool City Region's most popular paid-for tourist attraction as well as a convenient way to cross the River Mersey, operating services all year round including a week day commuter service, River Explorer cruises, summer evening cruises and Manchester Ship Canal cruises. The vessels are available to hire for special events and excursions.

 

http://www.merseyferries.co.uk/

http://www.u-boatstory.co.uk/

http://www.spaceport.org.uk/

http://www.beatlesstory.com/

 

A Long Term Ferries Strategy has been developed.  This aims to secure their future for generations to come. It is centred around bringing down the cost of the Mersey Ferries to the public purse, while building on their commercial potential. It makes a number of recommendations, including buying at least one new vessel better suited to the leisure and events market. This is expected to be on the River Mersey in the early 2020s.

Click here to see the Mersey Ferries Strategy document.

 

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 Irish Sea Ferries

 

In addition to the Mersey Ferries, the Liverpool City Region also has regular short sea ro-ro ferry services to Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man. Ferry operators include:

 

 

Through Ticketing:

 

 

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 Liverpool Cruise Terminal

 
The Liverpool Cruise Terminal at Pier Head also plays an important role in the visitor economy and is a major international gateway. It is owned and managed by Liverpool City Council. In 2016 Liverpool's cruise industry brought in around £7 million to the local economy as the city welcomed 63 cruise ships with, in total, 114,676 passengers and crew. In 2017, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal celebrates its 10th anniversary and played host to 63 ships bringing in more than 111,000 passengers and crew.
 
Now, building upon this success, city region partners are developing plans to construct a larger improved cruise terminal facility able to handle turnaround cruises with up to 3,600 passengers. It is hoped that this enhanced facility will be open in 2021 subject to the usual planning approval processes. This improved cruise facility will help handle future growth in the Liverpool cruise market, continue its customer service excellence and position it to handle the next generation of super cruise liners.
 
 
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport

 
Liverpool John Lennon Airport mainly has a passenger role with limited freight traffic at the moment. Liverpool Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. In 2016 it generates £250m GVA per annum for the LCR (with the capability for this to increase to £625 million), £440m GVA per annum to the Northern Powerhouse (with the capability for this to increase to £1billion), supports 6,000 full time equivalent jobs in the LCR (with potential for this to increase to 12,280 full time equivalent jobs), supports 11,900 full time equivalent jobs in the Northern Powerhouse (with potential for this to increase to 22,860 full time equivalent jobs), handles nearly 5 million passengers per annum, supports 700,000 visitor arrivals per annum, and offers flights to destinations across Europe.
 
Main airlines serving Liverpool include EasyJet, Ryanair, Flybe, WizzAir and Blue Air for example. Click here to see the Airport Master Plan.
 
Click here to see the Airport Surface Access Strategy.
 
 

 

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Local Journeys

 

Helping people and goods to move around efficiently, cleanly, safely and healthily by the most appropriate mode is an integral element of ‘placemaking’. Two thirds of all journeys in our city region are less than 5km in distance but half of them are made by car. We need a better balance between walking and cycling and other forms of local transport to give people a better choice in terms of sustainable travel options.
 
If we adopt a “whole journey” approach, and promote active travel choices for access to bus and rail hubs for longer journeys, we can create better linkages between jobs and homes across the wider City Region and provide ‘first and last mile’ connections within
neighbourhoods that will make sustainable travel an attractive option.
 
As a result we are developing with partners a Local Journeys Strategy that will provide a framework for guiding the development of services and infrastructure which support sustainable short trips across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
 

The Local Journeys Strategy will provide a joined up approach to shorter trips, by integrating sustainable travel and behaviour change activity with other modes, and approaching it from the traveller’s perspective, rather than from individual mode perspectives. It is a fresh, integrated and innovative approach, particularly in recognition that, in fact, the interventions needed lie (in some part) outside of the transport theme and within areas such as regeneration, spatial planning and health.
 
Click here to see the Local Journeys Strategy document. (not available yet)

 

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On-Demand Mobility

 

The internet revolution and changing technology is having major impacts and “disrupting” many sectors across the economy including transport and is giving rise to new opportunities.  Over the last five to ten years there has been the emergence of a new sector within transport that some call “ON-DEMAND MOBILITY”. This comprises taxis, private hire, car hire, car sharing, demand responsive buses etc. These offer opportunities to think of new ways to improve transport provision including concepts such as Mobility as a Service as well as embracing new technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

 

On-Demand Mobility has the potential to be useful in a number of ways and offer more "spontaneous" and "personalised" travel options complementing  the traditional "scheduled" and "mass transit" public transport services including:
 
  • First and Last Mile Journeys linking with transport hubs of public transport / mass transit. Could also help manage demand at Park & Ride sites perhaps
  • Specialised Transport / Non-Emergency Patient Transport (for example UBER have launched UBER ACCESS for the less mobile in a number of UK cities including Liverpool offering them spontaneous travel choices)
  • Supporting the night time economy when no public transport is operating
  • Rural transport services including demand responsive services where a traditional large bus is not commercially viable

 

There is a vast diversity of operators entering the “on demand mobility” market and this demonstrates that there are potentially numerous ways of configuring these services, ranging from opportunistic “gap fillers”, with private hire / taxi style business models, to services that are essentially reconfiguring traditional public transport on a digital demand driven model instead of the conventional “scheduled” and “mass transit” model.  This highlights that there is significant demand for “personalised” mobility services where the focus is on management and ownership of data rather than vehicles. It is about flexible and on-demand products. The intimacy of a service coming directly to your home, coupled with the convenience of paying electronically and outsourcing the need to find a parking space or own a vehicle. All this seems to be gathering great commercial appeal. These services tend to require a smartphone, mobile data and a bank account to work. It is about harnessing the potential of technology to deliver benefits including price, convenience and accessibility.

 

The Liverpool City Region is home to a vibrant and diverse taxi and private hire industry.  Licensing and regulation of the sector is the responsibility of the six Councils as the Licensing Authorities. Liverpool City houses England's largest hackney carriage fleet in a city outside London and the city is also home to some of the world’s largest private hire operators. Some of the large taxi operators in the Liverpool City Region include Delta Taxis, Uber, Riide, Acorn Taxis, ComCab Liverpool, Argyle Satellite Taxis and Britannia Taxis.

 

The taxi and private hire industry in the Liverpool City Region plays a vital role in the transport network and local economy supporting key sectors such as the night time economy and tourism as well as access to jobs, education and health etc.

 

Liverpool also has a car club operated by Enterprise Car Clubs.

https://www.enterprisecarclub.co.uk/gb/en/programs/regions/north-west-england/liverpool.html

 

There are numerous car sharing organisations in the UK including:

Liftshare

Bla Bla Car

Zipcar UK

 

Major car rental providers in the UK include:

Avis Budget Group

Europcar UK

Hertz Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

 

Other useful organisations include:

https://www.carplusbikeplus.org.uk/

http://www.sharingeconomyuk.com/

http://www.motability.co.uk/

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Active Travel

 

Walking and Cycling are great ways to get around, click here to find out more.

Relevant stakeholders for cycling include Sustrans, British Cycling and Cycling UK.
 

 

Relevant stakeholders for walking include Ramblers, Living Streets and Walk Unlimited.

 
 

Cycle hire schemes include:

CityBike Liverpool

Bike & Go  

 

Merseytravel, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Tel: 0151 330 1000  |  Fax: 0151 330 1234