Agenda and minutes

Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body
Friday, 21st December, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Chester Town Hall-Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HJ. View directions

Contact: Sarah Baxter or Julie Zientek  Democratic Services Officers

No. Item


Welcome, Introductions and Apologies for Absence

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


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of David Boyer (Warrington Borough Council) and Andrew Ross (Cheshire East Council).


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.


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2018 and to consider any matters arising.



The Vice Chairman, Cllr Brian Clarke, took the chair for this item.


Minute 14 Public Speaking Session – Declaration of Interest

Mr Cox reported that he had investigated Mr Cartilage’s concerns and had sent him a written response, copy of which was available on the CWLEP website  - Letter-to-Mr-Cartlidge


AGREED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2018 be approved as a correct record.


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.



Mr Roy Cartlidge confirmed that he had received Mr Cox’s response to his concerns and sought reassurance that all declarations would be made and recorded in future. 


Mr Cartlidge referred to the development of Crewe’s MMU site into a medical health science campus and hoped that the committee would support this development.In response he was informed that this did not fall within the remit of this committee.


Mr Cedric Green of North Cheshire Rail Users’ Group asked if the Board would support the improvement of services on the line between Ellesmere Port and Helsby.  In response it was stated that this had been identified as one of the short term priorities for business case development.


Mr Matthew Waterhouse of A51 Action Group asked where the Action Group could help to take things forward with this route.  It was noted that the A51/A500 Corridor study was one of the identified priorities for development.


Mr Andrew Needham spoke in relation to the statement made by Lord Berkeley on HS2.


Priorities for Studies and Business Case Development pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the Priorities for Studies and Business Case Development.


The Board considered a report which detailed the business cases/studies already underway, the major schemes currently progressing through the DfT statutory processes and identified the short term priorities for transport improvements to support the economic objectives of the LEP. 


The Board supported the identified short term priorities and agreed that all parties should work together to achieve these projects.


AGREED: That the priorities for studies and business case development be approved.


Draft Work Programme for 2019 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider the draft work programme for 2019.


The Board considered a report which set out the work programme for 2019 to take forward the key elements of the Transport Strategy. 


The Board supported the suggested work programme and noted that HS2 proposals were of importance to achieving sub regional connectivity.


AGREED:  That the work programme for 2019 be approved. 




Transport for the North Update pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider an update on Transport for the North.


The Board considered a report which detailed the progress on a number of work streams by the Transport for the North.


It was noted that the Transport for the North had become the first Sub National Transport Body with statutory powers and that the work was progressing with the development of its Strategic Transport Plan.  It was expected that the Plan would be published in early 2019.


It was requested that details of the Integrated and Smart Travel programme be brought to a future meeting and how it was be introduced in the sub region.


AGREED:  That the development and continuing activities of the Transport for the North be noted.


NPR Update

To receive a verbal update on the NPR.


It was reported that the strategic outline business case had been developed for Northern Powerhouse Rail.  Submission to the Government had been delayed to allow for scrutiny of the document and for it to be considered by the Leaders across the north.  It was expected to be submitted to the Government early next year. The delay to the HS2 Phase 2b bill would allow for connections to be identified to the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals. 


HS2 and Crewe Hub Update

To receive a verbal update n the HS2 and Crewe hub.


An update was provided an update on HS2.  It was expected that additional provisions could be added to the hybrid bill for Phase 2a and these may include changes to the infrastructure at Crewe Station to enable it to accommodate 5 to 7 trains per hour.   The formal response to the consultation was expected in the new year. 


Consultation was taking place on Phase 2b’s draft Environment Statement and draft Equality Impact Assessment Report. Cheshire East Council was concerned about the environmental impact on rural areas and the impact of the tack going through an embankment.  A Crewe north connection was not included in Phase 2b, which was seen as an essential requirement.  A business case was being developed on this, which could see it included as part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail rather than HS2.


Golborne Link Update

To receive a verbal update on the Golborne Link.


Warrington Borough Council were still opposed to the HS2 Golborne Link and would prefer to see the existing railway link upgraded to allow HS2 trains to stop rather than avoid the town.  It was felt that the economic benefits envisioned were not there and the figures did not stack up.


It was commented that if the Crewe HS2 hub takes five to seven high-speed trains an hour as was hoped, it could open up the possibility of revisiting the Golborne Link.


Mid-Cheshire Line Study Update

To receive a verbal update on the Mid-Cheshire Line Study.


It was reported that work was underway with the Study and a list of services options had been identified.  These would be used to create a questionnaire for stakeholders to rank the different priorities, with the results being reported back in January 2019.


Department for Transport Update

To receive a verbal update on the Department for Transport.


Updates were given on the following:


1        Transport elements of the Budget which included:

·       additional funding for road maintenance

·       £28.8m for strategic road improvements

·       £675m for the Future High Streets Fund to help local areas to respond to and adapt to changes


2        Major Road Network and Large Majors Programme Investment guidance and application forms had been published: Investment Planning Guidance


3        the Department had published Brexit no deal planning information:




Highways England Update

To receive a verbal update from Highways England.


Updates were given on the following Highways England improvement schemes:


·       M62  - east bound closure for essential maintenance

·       new work schemes on M6 J16 to J19 and M62 J10 to J12

·       work on pinch point schemes including M62 J8 and  Croft J20/21



Update on Local Authority Major Scheme Progress

To receive verbal updates in respect of: -


·         Cheshire East Council

·         Cheshire West and Chester Council

·         Warrington Borough Council



Updates were provided for each local authority area.


Cheshire East

·       Crewe Green Roundabout had been completed on time and on budget

·       Sydney Road, Crewe had been closed to replace the rail bridge and construction was underway. Timescales were tight and linked with closures of the west coast mainline

·       Poynton Relief Road public inquiry had been held and the report was awaited

·       A500 dualling Scheme planning permission had been granted, subject to the Secretary of State referral

·       Middlewich Eastern Bypass planning application had been submitted


Cheshire West and Chester

·       A51/A55 junction business case had been developed, along with detailed design for the roundabout.

·       Local Plan Part 2 had now been through the examination process with the examination hearings held in September.  The Council was awaiting the Inspector’s report.



·       Work was progress well with Warrington West Station, with construction expected to be completed in early summer 2019.Bus station construction

·       Centre Park Link - the compulsory purchase order had been approved and enabling work was commencing

·       Work was ongoing with Birchwood Phase 2 and Phase 2 

·       Work on the M62 Junction 8 had been completed

·       the Local Transport Plan was expected to be approved in March 2019



Any Other Appropriate Business

To consider any items of other appropriate business.


It was understood that it had been a suggestion that there should be no day time freight traffic through Piccadilly Station.  There was concern about the potential economic and environmental impact of such a decision and would affect freight trains from Crewe, Warrington and Trafford Park.  It was suggested that this matter be raised with Transport for the North.


Date of Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting.


The dates for future meetings to be circulated.