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Posted by: John Brace | 24th March 2015

Merseytravel announces wifi at all underground train stations within 5 years

Merseytravel announces wifi at all underground train stations within 5 years

                                                           

Councillor Steve Foulkes at a meeting of Merseytravel's Performance and Review Subcommittee 23rd March 2015

Councillor Steve Foulkes at a meeting of Merseytravel’s Performance and Review Subcommittee 23rd March 2015

The first main agenda item at the meeting was a report on a review of transport and emissions in the Liverpool City Region, along with the terms of reference for the Reducing Transport Emissions Review 2014 and slides which summarised the author of the report said.

In response Cllr Steve Foulkes suggested, “Maybe leave your car home for one day or something, those types of changes you know that make a massive impact.”

Cllr Liam Robinson (Chair of Merseytravel) said, “For me that’s about making sure public transport is the number one choice of getting around from A to B.”

The next item was the Customer and Passenger Satisfaction Review.

There were no questions or comments on this. Councillors agreed the recommendation.

The next to last report was on Rail Patronage and Ticketing along with an enclosure.

A representative from Merseyrail and Northern Rail were along to answer any questions. The report showed an increase in passenger numbers on the Merseyrail lines (for the first half of 2014/15 compared to the first half of 2013/14) but a decrease in passenger numbers travelling with Northern Rail.

The Merseyrail representative attributed some of the increase to the Open Golf tournament and the Giants event, but that even when the extra passengers travelling to these events were taken into account that there was still an underlying growth of 2%.

The Northern Rail representative disputed that there had been a decline in passenger numbers and stated that their own figures showed a 2.3% increase compared to the previous year. He asked for passenger numbers to be compared at the end of the year as factors such as engineering works and electrification closures would have affected their figures.

A councillor pointed out that wifi was nearly always available on long distance trains and asked when they would introduce wifi to trains?

The answer given was, “Chair I can comment on that. Firstly, the thing to mention on that is the five-year growth plan that was mentioned by Paul a little bit earlier. One of the initiatives is wifi at all the underground stations as a pilot scheme. So that’s already committed to, we’ll see how that rolls out.”

The Northern Rail representative answered, “We are currently trialling free wifi on our electric trains in the Yorkshire area with a view to rolling out.

The new franchise specification for Northern and Transpennine Express will indicate, well sorry has stated that all services will have free wifi during the first part of that franchise. We’re also trialling free wifi at stations.”

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  1. G’day John

    On the previous item of your blog you say

    I think (if I’m remembering correctly) the wind farm at Burbo Bank got decided under the same process too, so it’s not that unusual.

    Yes John I agree that people have an upper limit of what they can authorise to be spent as that is why approximately £49,000 sounds to be bandied about a lot around Wirralgate and other whistleblowing cases.

    The main point I was trying to make was I wouldn’t trust “The Shyster” “Phil the Dill” “The Pretend Friend” “The Football Shirt” “The Chamber Potty” or “The Dunny Chain Wearer” with their children’s pocket money with the morals they have shown.

    I wonder what that DCLG Report says John?

    Ooroo

    James

    • “I wonder what that DCLG Report says John?”

      Just a guess (and yes I’m joking it doesn’t really state this):

      The first rule of the DCLG report is you don’t talk about the DCLG report.
      The second rule of the DCLG report is you DO NOT talk about the DCLG report.
      Rule number three is don’t publish the DCLG report until after the General Election.

      • Ps And here is a whopping fine you lying barstards.

        Just joking…..not.

        If not there should be.

  2. G’day John

    On a much lighter note did you suss out if the bloke from Miserytravel is Ecca’s dad or twin brother?

    Ooroo

    James

    • That depends who Ecca is.

      • Spotty Dog of course.

  3. Wifi on all stations whoopy doo! I be more impressed if they managed to stop spilling bus diesel all over the roads and save two wheeler user lives!

  4. WiFi will not attract me to use trains more-but cheaper fares would everytime.

  5. G’day John

    In the photo above is “The Dunny Chain Wearer” stuck in the how can I get on a bus stuck in this free pint position?

    Ooroo

    James

    The reddest in the room winner is?


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