Agenda and minutes

Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body
Thursday, 6th November, 2014 10.30 am

Venue: The Council Chamber -Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1UH. View directions

Contact: Cherry Foreman or Sarah Baxter  Democratic Services Officers

Items
No. Item

13.

Welcome, Introductions and Apologies for Absence

The Chairman will open the meeting and welcome attendees to the meeting of the Local Transport Body.

Minutes:

(Pete Waterman took the Chair for the start of the meeting).

 

Apologies for absence were received form Councillor D Brown and Mr B Parker (Highways Agency).

14.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

15.

Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2014 and to consider any matters arising.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2014 be approved as a correct record.

16.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

A period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the meeting on any matter relevant to the work of the body in question.  Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers.

 

Minutes:

There were no public speakers.

 

(Councillor M Jones arrived to the meeting and took over the Chair).

17.

Cheshire and Warrington Sub Regional Transport Strategy

To receive a verbal report by Leighton Cardwell on the Cheshire and Warrington Sub Regional Transport Strategy.

Minutes:

Andrew Ross introduced the item and outlined the importance of developing a £35bn GVA economy.  Leighton Cardwell gave a presentation on the Cheshire and Warrington Sub Regional Transport Strategy.  Highlighted within the presentation was information on the economy, connectivity, growth, investment demands and future next steps.

 

Councillor Michael Jones noted that the strategy needed to include clear tasks.  Richard Perry outlined the Prime Minister and Chancellor’s vision for the North.  If the LEP was to be successful the strategy needed to be presented within this framework.  Consideration needed to be given to developing concordats with key partners including NE Wales and that good connectivity would be essential.  It was noted that the debate was beginning with the Northern Powerhouse.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the presentation be noted.

18.

Update on the Local Growth Fund pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider an update on the Local Growth Fund.

Minutes:

Aidan Manley introduced the paper.  Richard Perry highlighted that whilst the next Spending Review was scheduled for 2015, Government was committed to the Local Growth Fund to 2021 and that there was a clear commitment from the Coalition to spend this money.  The enhanced role that the LEP / LTB had in co-ordinating this at the local level was noted.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the update be noted.

19.

HS2/HS3 Update, Outcome and Implications of the Higgins Report pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider a report on the above.

Minutes:

Andrew Ross gave an update on the outcomes and implications of the Higgins.  He reported that the paper brought together all the issues relating to HS2 and HS3 that it was now in the public domain.  This included the recommendations relating to Crewe and the need for investment on improving West – East links.  There was a need to make the case that Cheshire and Warrington were important to this debate and that lobbying for Crewe to become HS2 hub should continue.

 

Pete Waterman reported that consultation on HS2 was expected to begin before the General Election and that the consultation process for the protection of land would commence early 2015.

 

Councillor Michael Jones suggested that C&WLEP should develop a concordat with the Staffordshire LEP relating to this.  Cheshire East Council was keen to discuss this further with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council and other partners.  He suggested that the proposed new station for Crewe could be called the North West Hub.  Its delivery needed to include wider infrastructure to improve wider connectivity.  The LEP was congratulated on the work undertaken to date.  It was agreed that Councillor Michael Jones would meet with Jo Anderson to support the super port and HS3.

 

Pete Waterman also noted the importance of working with Merseyside on the Port debate. It was suggested that discussions should be held with Jo Anderson.

 

It was agreed that compatible services were sacrosanct and that the implications need to be investigated.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the update be noted.

 

 

20.

Cross Boundary Authority Working

To receive a verbal report in respect of Cross Boundary Authority Working.

Minutes:

Andrew Ross highlighted that a number of cross-boundary issues had been raised during discussions relating to the Sub-Regional Transport Strategy and Rail North items.  The individual Cheshire and Warrington Local Authorities already had dialogue with neighbouring authorities and strategic partners, however in order to go forward, it was agreed that the LEP / LTB should become involved in these debates. 

 

It was requested and agreed this should become a standing item for future meetings and discussions held with key partners as appropriate.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the update be noted and that an item on Cross Boundary working be included as a standard item on all future agendas.

 

 

21.

Presentation on Rail North

To receive a presentation from Hugh Chaplain on Rail North.

Minutes:

Hugh Chaplain made a presentation to update the LTB on the Rail North process.  Highlighted within the presentation was information on the following:-

 

Background to Rail North

Rail North Geography

Draft Long Term Rail Strategy

Key Themes of strategy

Partnership Agreement and its Principles

Refranchising

Current key Activity

 

The debate focused on the importance of ensuring that new rolling stock would be able to provide adequate space to carry bicycles and meet standards for disabled access. 

 

It was agreed that Councillor Michael Jones would raise these issues at the forthcoming Rail North meeting.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the report be noted.

 

22.

Report on Rail North pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To consider a report on Rail North.

Minutes:

Members received an update in respect of Rail North.

 

Andrew Ross noted that most of the points set out in the paper had been covered by the Rail North Presentation. It was re-affirmed that work would go back through the LEP in future.

 

Representations from the North Wales authorities to the Electrification Task Force were noted but Wales falls outside the remit of the group.  It was hoped that outputs from the Task Group would be discussed at the next LTB meeting.

 

A further update was provided in respect of electrification and it was suggested a full report on this issue be included on the next agenda. Furthermore the Chairman requested that the outcomes of the next LEP meeting also be reported back to the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.         That the update be noted.

2.         The franchise specification was currently being finalised. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) and Business Case would be issued to bidders on 19 December 2014.

3.         Each authority in the sub region would be represented on the Association of Rail North Partner Authorities (the “Association”).

4.         That Councillor Michael Jones, as Chair of CWLTB, continues to represent the Cheshire and Potteries area and is endorsed to become a Director of Rail North Limited on behalf of the sub region.

5.         That the work of the Electrification Task Force is continuing and is due to report to the Secretary of State in February 2015.

6.         Report on electrification to be included on the next agenda.

7.         Outcomes of the LEP meeting to be included on the next agenda.

 

 

23.

Update Reports

To receive oral updates in respect of: -

 

·       Highways Agency – Mike Sinnott

·       Department for Transport – Richard Perry

·       Network Rail – Jo Kaye

Minutes:

Mike Sinnot-Highways Agency gave a presentation on the funding for local cycling schemes could be used for schemes not directly on the Highways Agency network.  He further reported that there were emerging considerations relating to M53 junctions 5 to 11 and M56 junctions 5 to 12 and that Improvements to the M53/M56 junction were scheduled for a February 2015 start.

 

Richard Perry-Department for Transport (DfT) outlined that the new operating model for the Highways Agency would provide more flexibility to develop programmes and investment strategies as part of a rolling programme.  There could potentially be more opportunities to influence investment.

 

Pete Waterman noted concerns about the need to ensure that cyclists did abide by the Highway Code.

 

Richard Perry-Department of Transport highlighted the publication of the Higgins Report.  The Deputy Prime Minister was going to be speaking on the importance of improving East – West connectivity.

 

The Secretary of State was set to launch a  short consultation on the future LTP Maintenance Block formula.

 

The Greater Manchester devolution plans had significant implications relating to transport and a devolved and consolidated budget for the new Mayor.  Within the deal there would be some transport elements including development budget, and franchised bus services.

 

Jo Kaye-Northern Rail reported that most of the rail issues had been addressed elsewhere during the meeting.  She outlined that Network Rail was very busy with the current Control Period investment programme.

24.

Any Other Appropriate Business

Minutes:

None.

25.

Date of Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That approval be give for Officers to make arrangements for the next meeting as appropriate.