Liverpool – Speke Airport – Now John Lennon Airport

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/13-photos-showing-how-liverpool-14148610

An interesting look at the history behind Liverpool’s airport here by the Liverpool Echo – see link above to access their article

Liverpool John Lennon Airport – Drop off charges 2nd most expensive

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41706992

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

Liverpool Airport seems to be at a number of disadvantages in that it relies on cheap airlines for its customer base and they don’t like paying much for landing/take off fees and it has no rail/light rail/tram connection to Liverpool City Centre or to the nearest mainline station.

In such circumstances people get dropped off/picked up in large numbers at the airport for their travel. Would I be being unkind to say that this drop-off/pick-up traffic is being targeted as a income stream to balance the airport’s books?

Liverpool Airport – So why is it so poorly connected to the rail network?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/commons-watchdog-led-mersey-mp-10952180

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Now hang on a minute the reason Liverpool Airport is so badly connected to the rail network is far closer to home than any failings of any recent Government of any colour.

This promotional Merseytram bookmark is about all that Liverpool City Region has to show for its big tram ideas.

This promotional Merseytram bookmark is about all that Liverpool City Region has to show for its big tram ideas.

You see starting when Blair was our supremo he, in effect, set up transport planning so that it came from a local authority level upwards. Each local authority had a plan (LTP) and so did Merseytravel the public transport authority for Merseyside.

It was via such planning that Liverpool and Merseyside got into that terrible transport muddle called Merseytram. I won’t go into all the in’s and out’s of it but one part (a big part) of the Merseytravel plan was to start up a network of trams such as operate in many cities these days. As we all know it went horribly wrong and the last Labour Government pulled the plug on the project in terms of them paying for it.

My point here is not simply to bash what the Government did, even though it was of a colour that I oppose. My point is that the Merseytravel Plan went wrong because the first tram line was not to Liverpool Airport, where most folk would expected it to go. No, it was directed towards Kirkby which already had (and still has) a heavy rail 15 minute frequency Merseyrail service.

Whatever the reasons, good or bad, were for selecting Kirkby as the first destination it was a sadly decisive moment. In hind sight it was that early but fatal mistake that killed off Merseytram because there was no unanimity of purpose across Merseyside.

So what I am trying to say is Liverpool Airport not being connected by train or tram is effectively a fault that Merseytravel has to hold its hand up for. It’s poor planning gave the Government an excuse to back out of Merseytram because it realised that Merseyside was bickering (again).

The first Merseytram line should have been to Liverpool Airport, if it had been I believe Merseytram would have a reality.

Liverpool Airport – Parking fines – What!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-serviceman-fined-90-stopping-10918441

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Would I be right in assuming that Liverpool Airport has a serious problem with the way it treats its customers? Surely putting folk through such hassle is counterproductive and it drives people away from using John Lennon Airport?

As an aside and for reasons only known to the press it seems we need to be told in the article such as this that the unfortunate chap involved in the incident is a serviceman and a dad. What on earth has that got to do with the matter at hand? Does being a dad and/or serviceman make the way he was treated worse? If he had been a milkman with no children would that have made for a less interesting article?

Liverpool Airport – Is this really a good investment for cash-strapped Liverpool City Council?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/liverpool-council-investment-would-support-10319471

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

We all want Liverpool Airport to do well but the reality is that it has been a money looser for many years. So when we hear that Liverpool City Council, which say it does not have a Penny to bless itself with, is about to put money into the potentially continuing black hole it makes you wonder.

What’s more it’s not so long ago (just 6 months actually) that KPMG the auditors for John Lennon Airport said, for want of better words, that it was then a struggling concern. See the link below from my colleague Andrew Makinson on Twitter:-

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Spending large amounts of money on speculative investments and paying Joe Anderson’s legal fees whilst moaning that the City Council is all but broke indicates, at best, a confused lack of clear priority setting for the spending of the City Council’s scarce resources in my view.

New Air Link – Liverpool – Edinburgh

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/flybe-launches-new-edinburgh-link-9922670

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The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Let’s hope this new route is a success. I hope I am not just saying that because Edinburgh is one of my favorite places to visit.