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 Priority 4

Mersey Tunnel iconPriority 4: Environmentally Sustainable
Infrastructure and Services


Installing drainage at Bidston Park

We generally use assessment schemes CEEQUAL for civil engineering projects and BREEAM for building projects when appropriate or our own sustainability assessment for smaller projects. For all schemes we aim to make travel by public transport more attractive and encourage a switch from personal motorised transport.

Park and ride facilities at Bidston and Birkenhead North stations both achieved CEEQUAL Excellent standard. Environmental features include energy saving LED lights, use of local suppliers where possible and use of recycled materials.  At Bidston a sustainable urban drainage system was installed to reduce the site’s impact on a river and nearby Special Site of Scientific Interest.  At Birkenhead North a storm water retention tank was installed to cope with high periods of rainfall.  It provided capacity to retain 20% more water than the 100 year storm average.

A methodology was agreed for major schemes to help to develop a prioritised list of Liverpool City Region major transport schemes for submission to the Department for Transport. Schemes that exceed a minimum initial threshold score were then scored against three principal criteria including health and wellbeing incorporating environmental impacts.
We haven’t developed environmental appraisal thresholds, as we set out to do in our strategy. This is mainly due to the complexity of projects carried out, which are often funded by multiple partners and requirements are driven largely by funding bodies. A sustainability appraisal tool is used by our asset management service area to assess risks and opportunities.
A specific climate change adaptation response has not been developed for the organisation as a resilience group was set up and climate change is considered as part of individual projects. Other measures include a Severe Weather Protocol and a Business Continuity Strategy.
Storms in December 2013 caused flooding and damage at Woodside and Seacombe Ferry Terminals and so flood protection measures are being purchased to increase resilience.

Our website caters for three levels of travel disruption:

  • Localised disruptions- normal website and alerts are in operation
  • Local services suspended- normal website and alerts
  • Major disruption to the entire network – there is a contingency ‘disaster day website’ providing 24 hour updates


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