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Moving Merseyside Forward

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Bicycle iconPriority 1: Minimising the Impact of Transport and Travel  

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Merseytravel play a key role in the delivery of goal two of the Local Transport Plan (LTP), which is to “Provide and promote a clean, low emission transport system which is resilient against changes to climate and oil availability.” More information about the LTP and the annual progress report is available here.  
Environmental highlights in 2013/14 include:
  • Transport emissions down by over 208,000 tonnes, since the baseline year in 2009/10 and total pollutants have fallen across all emission types.
  • The Liverpool City Region (LCR) had 52 hybrid buses and 158 sustainable biodiesel vehicles within the operator fleets. 84% of vehicles were Euro III standard or above.
  • We now specify a minimum Euro IV standard engine or alternative fuels for supported bus services and statutory quality bus partnerships and more than 90% of buses on these routes are Euro III or equivalent or use alternative fuels.charging posts small.jpg
  • The Merseyside Transport Partnership developed and produced a LCR E-Mobility strategy which aims to increase the uptake of electric vehicles across the region.
  • A bid led by Merseytravel to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), secured £465,000 to provide electric
    vehicle charging points across the Liverpool City Region and West Cheshire. The bid will lead to over 40 publicly available charging connections installed across the region. For further details including locations please look here.
  • £800,000 was secured from the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund, to reduce pollution from local buses. This bid, led by Merseytravel will be used to upgrade 59 buses across Merseyside by retro-fitting technology to reduce carbon dioxide and other air emissions.
  • Continuing our work on sustainable biofuels, biodiesel buses continued to run on the commercial network with overall carbon emissions estimated to be reduced by an average of 30% compared to standard diesel buses. Stagecoach and Merseytravel collaborated with Liverpool John Moores University on the use and monitoring of biofuel used in buses. This work was funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
  • The partners spent in the region of £3.5million of LTP funding supporting safe and active travel and secured additional funding to support walking and cycling. There has been a 45% increase in cycling from 2006/07.
  • Buses are fined when seen idling in our bus stations to reduce polluting and harmful emissions. The number of bus idling fines has fallen from 103 in 2009/10 to 18 in 2013/14. This is an 83% reduction.
  • We continued to have air quality at the Mersey Tunnels independently tested. All of the samples taken were below the point where harm to health could be caused. In relation to the Air Quality (Standards) Regulations 2010, one slight breach of air quality limits was noted. As members of the public are exposed to these concentrations for only a brief period, as they pass through the tunnel, it is considered unlikely that a hazard to health exists at the level detected, so this breach is insignificant. 

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