Liverpool City Region comes under pressure to take back control of buses

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-city-region-urged-follow-17059083

This is a welcome move by Lib Dem members on Wirral Council as their initiative will, if supported, have a beneficial effect on bus services across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

I recall hearing Merseytravel Chairperson, Cllr. Liam Robinson, talk about such a move at an OPSTA meeting in Southport in November 2018. However, my concern then, as it has been for many a year, was that regaining local control over buses was becoming a matter oft talked about rather than actually being energetically taken forward. My note from the Southport meeting said this – Cllr. Robinson presented his vision of how bus services could be improved in the Liverpool City Region (beyond the present Bus Alliance with Arriva and Stagecoach)

Good luck to Wirral Lib Dems in their attempt to push LCR/Merseytravel to deliver on this sooner rather than later. Righting the wrongs of the Thatcher’s appalling 1980’s Bus Deregulation Act, which plunged all local bus services (except for those in London) into a further spiral of decline has been a long time coming – like some local bus services!

Birkenhead – Vandals caused £20,000 worth of damage when they set the Swiss bridge on fire last September.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35315248

The BBC web site has the story – see link above.

The vandals who caused £20,000 worth of damage when they set fire to the Swiss bridge in Birkenhead Park last September make you despair of their utter stupidity. Why destroy what is so historic and beautiful?

Wirral – Lib Dem concern about pay off of senior council officer

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/anger-wirral-council-super-director-10234506

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

This situation bags the question about value for public money in times when councils are very strapped for cash. No wonder Cllr. Phil Gilchrist is worried.

Liverpool – Joe has a big whinge – He’s not going to be a Metro Mayor

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-missed-boat-metro-mayor-8592520

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The Liverpool Echo has the story but in reality this is good news not bad. Why would any of the surrounding Boroughs want to be bossed about from Liverpool Town Hall? Having said that Sefton Council Labour seems to be backing Joe as it voted not to have a public ballot before any Metropolitan Mayor is imposed on Merseyside/The Liverpool City Region. But, if I am not mistaken, St Helens, Halton, Wirral and Knowsley Councils have all given Joe Anderson’s ambitions the elbow.

Devolution of powers has always been possible to Merseyside if the Labour Council Leaders and Liverpool’s Mayor could just stop bickering for a while. They could not so that’s why the opportunity may well have been lost. No one else to blame but them.