Can you provide the delivery date of the upcoming double-deck hydrogen buses built by Alexander Dennis?
Will Merseytravel directly own and lease the double-deck hydrogen buses for bus operators to use for their services?
Can you release all the available documents (including contacts) of the hydrogen double-deck buses for bus services in Liverpool?
What is the purpose of the project?
Dear Mr Brooker
Thank you for your recent request made to the Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority and Merseytravel. For the avoidance of doubt, the
response below constitutes the response from both organisations.
a. Can you provide the delivery date of the upcoming double-deck
hydrogen buses built by Alexander Dennis?
As the project is in its early stages, a preferred supplier and the exact
delivery date has not been decided yet.
b. Will the council directly own and lease the double-deck hydrogen
buses for bus operators to use for their services?
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will determine the most
appropriate approach to vehicle ownership as part of the development of
c. Can you release all the available documents (including contacts) of
the hydrogen double-deck buses for bus services in Liverpool?
We view the documents currently held for the procurement of hydrogen buses
as potentially prejudicial to the commercial interests, either belonging
to us or a third party, and must give consideration to Section 43 of the
Act. Section 43 is a qualified, prejudice-based exemption, and is
therefore subject to a public interest test. The Information
Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance on Section 43, which can be
viewed on their website.
The public interest argument for disclosure is that it allows a greater
degree of scrutiny over how public money is spent in the delivery of
Merseytravel’s work, while contributing to transparency over how decisions
have been reached. It is important that public authorities allow their
decisions to be scrutinised by the public to ensure that funds are managed
The public interest factors to withhold the information relate to the
prejudicial impact that the disclosure would have on the commercial
interests of any person (including the public authority itself). It would
not, for example, be in the public interest to disclose information about
a particular commercial body if that information was not common knowledge
and would be likely to be used by competitors in a particular market to
gain a competitive advantage. Disclosure under the Act is viewed as to the
world at large, not simply to the individual requester, and consideration
must therefore be given to how it may be used by any party.
In this particular case, work is ongoing to finalise the nature of the
project. Once this has been determined an open procurement exercise will
be conducted, setting out the project and inviting applications from
potential suppliers. These documents, once finalised, will be published on
The Chest (https://www.the-chest.org.uk). Releasing any documents now
in their current could be misleading to potential suppliers, leading to
unnecessary preparatory work, and would be likely to increase the number
of enquiries fielded by the project team, distracting them from their work
finalising the parameters of the project. In our view, the public interest
lies in withholding the documents currently held.
d. What is the purpose of the project?
The hydrogen bus project is part of the Combined Authority’s work to be a
zero-carbon city region by 2040. More information is available on our
website at the following link:
I trust that this information is of interest to you.
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request to the Combined
Authority, you have the right to ask for an internal review, which should
be addressed to:
Chief Legal Officer / Monitoring Officer
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request to Merseytravel,
you have the right to ask for an internal review, which should be
Mrs Julie Watling
Legal, Democratic Services & Procurement Manager
PO Box 1976
If you are not content with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Senior Information Management Officer | LCRCA | Mann Island, PO Box 1976,
Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [email address]
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