Liverpool 82 bus route change

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Dear Merseytravel,

I understand that the 82 bus route between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool city centre is a Bus Quality Partnership.

(1) Please provide a link to any documentation on what a "Quality Partnership" means for this route in particular and for Quality Partnerships more generally.
(2) The route has been changed in September 2017. Please provide all records you hold about representations on or deliberation about that change, including emails, letters, reports, minutes of meetings.
(3) Did the change have to be agreed by Merseytravel and/or Liverpool City Council?
(4) Did Merseytravel and/or the bus operators request Liverpool City Council to alleviate congestion on Hanover Street as an alternative to re-routing the service?

Yours faithfully,

John Coyne

Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

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Dear Mr Coyne

LFS/AH/RSN16379

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act. Please find Merseytravel’s response below.

(1) Please provide a link to any documentation on what a "Quality Partnership" means for this route in particular and for Quality Partnerships more generally.

Information relating to “Quality Partnerships” is available on our website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/qualitybusnetwork and the 82 timetable. The partnership provides a coordinated timetable between Arriva and Stagecoach services and also allows mutual ticket acceptance

(2) The route has been changed in September 2017. Please provide all records you hold about representations on or deliberation about that change, including emails, letters, reports, minutes of meetings.

Please find attached notes of the joint meetings of Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseytravel that discussed the 82 route.

(3) Did the change have to be agreed by Merseytravel and/or Liverpool City Council?

The change did not have to be agreed by Merseytravel, but we were a party to the discussions and we do need to be satisfied that the continuation of the partnership remains in the public interest. Liverpool City are not a party to the partnership.

(4) Did Merseytravel and/or the bus operators request Liverpool City Council to alleviate congestion on Hanover Street as an alternative to re-routing the service?

Yes, discussions have taken place with Liverpool City regarding Hanover Street.

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Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
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Dear Andy,
Thank you for the prompt and useful response.
(1) Following the link your provide, there appears to be a broken link on your web site at "82 Liverpool – Liverpool South Parkway or Speke"

(2) Just to check I understand the extent of redaction: you have redacted the names (but identified the organisations) of some participants in the meetings. (That is perfectly acceptable.) Do I take it that there was no further redaction?

Yours sincerely,

John Coyne

Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

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Dear John

Thank you for your email.

My apologies for the broken link. It should lead to the 82 bus timetable, a copy of which is attached.

With regards to the redactions, only the names of junior and non-Merseytravel officers have been removed. None of the content of the discussions has been redacted.

Kind regards,

Andy

Andrew Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [email address]

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