Local transport schemes funded by the Liverpool City Region LEP

Sian Berry made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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Dear Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority,

I would like to request information on the status of funding approval and on the appraisal of local transport schemes that are funded (or partly funded) by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

I am making this request to your Combined Authority as it is given as the 'accountable body' for the LEP and the LEP Assurance Framework published in December 2014 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...) states that the accountable bodies are to be responsible for ensuring that Freedom of Information and EIR requests are dealt with for each LEP in line with relevant legislation.

For the purposes of this request, I would define a 'transport scheme' as a project that involves the provision of public or private transport infrastructure or services, including freight and passenger transport, or including the remodelling of streets or pavements for walking/cycling purposes and the provision of vehicles and facilities for vehicles of any kind.

I would like your response to include schemes that have a significant transport component even if they are not primarily for transport (e.g. one that was for a development site and an external link road should be included even if most of the funding was for the development).

For each transport scheme I would like to be provided with the following information:

Basic details
1. Name of the project
2. Type of scheme (road/rail/cycle etc, or where mixed a description of the main scheme purpose, with the type(s) of transport included named)
3. Location, including Latitude and Longitude or grid reference
4. The sponsoring/bidding organisation, to which the funding will go

Funding status
5. Current status towards funding approval within the LEP's approval process, including 'under construction' or 'completed' where appropriate
6. An indication (yes/no) of whether it appeared in the 2014 Strategic Economic Plan prepared by the LEP
7. An indication (yes/no) of whether it was first proposed through the Local Transport Body process that preceded the SEP process in 2014
8. Date of the latest funding decision or status change

Costs
9. Total capital cost estimate at the time it was first included in the SEP or the LEP plans
10. Final or current capital cost
11. Total LEP funding contribution
12. Total contribution from Local Growth Fund funding
13. Contributions from other bodies, e.g. the Department for Transport

Value for money
14. Estimate of value for money (Benefit-Cost Ratio, BCR) at the time it was first included in the SEP or the LEP plans
15. Latest estimate of value for money (BCR)
16. Expected date for full LEP or DfT funding approval
17. Expected date for start of construction
18. Expected date for completion

Yours faithfully,

Sian Berry

Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC,

Dear Ms Berry

I attach the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's response to your
request. Please accept my apologies that this has been provided to you
late.

kind regards
Angela Sanderson
Monitoring Officer
LCRCA

Freedom of Information Request - the status of funding approvals and
appraisal of local transport schemes that are funded (or partly funded) by
the LEP

The Liverpool City Region is seeking to deliver a significant number of
transport schemes using funds that have been secured from the Local
Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Growth Deal bid, submitted to government
in March 2014. The government formally responded to this bid in July 2014.
The details can be accessed via the links below:-

http://liverpoollep.org/liverpool_city_r...

http://liverpoollep.org/PDF/LCR%20Growth...

http://liverpoollep.org/pdf/LCR%20Growth...

The accountable body for Liverpool City Region LEP’s Growth Deal funding is
the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which comprises the leaders
and elected Mayor of the six constituent local authorities and the Chair of
the Local Enterprise Partnership. This is a statutory, fully constituted
body. This body acts as the formal accountable body for the LEP’s Growth
Deal funds, as the LEP is unable to act as an accountable body for public
funds, being a company limited by guarantee. In turn, Merseytravel acts as
the accountable body for the Combined Authority, and receives and holds the
funding on its behalf. Further information on the Combined Authority is
available via the link below:-

http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/mgCom...

The process for approving and appraising transport schemes across the
Liverpool City Region is guided by a detailed Assurance Framework that was
revised and approved by the LCR Combined Authority on the 6th March 2015
and the Local Enterprise Partnership on 12th March 2015. The Assurance
Framework is available at the hyperlink below:-

http://liverpoollep.org/pdf/Growth%20Dea...

This Assurance Framework requires all candidate transport schemes to have
been prioritised and shortlisted against a local policy framework.
Shortlisted schemes are then subject to a business case, which must accord
with established guidelines set out by the Department for Transport, in the
form of ‘WebTAG’ (Web-based Transport Analysis Guidance). This is to help
demonstrate the benefits, costs and value for money of the candidate
schemes. The LEP makes recommendations to the Combined Authority on
funding bids and draft business cases.

The shortlisted major schemes that have been agreed to date across the
Liverpool City Region can be accessed at the link below:-

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/...

The Combined Authority considered and approved three detailed transport
business cases for Growth Deal funded schemes at its meeting on 23rd
January 2015:-

• the A5300 Access to Opportunity highway scheme
• the Knowsley Industrial Park Access and Connectivity Improvements;
and
• The Newton-le-Willows Rail Interchange scheme

Further details on the decisions taken by the Combined Authority can be
accessed at the link below:-

http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/docum...

On the 17th April 2015, the Combined Authority considered and approved a
bid for the £41.4 million STEP (Sustainable Transport Enhancements Package)
proposal:-

http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/docum...

The business cases for these schemes can be accessed on the Merseytravel
Major Schemes webpage, highlighted above.

To date, one of the LCR’s shortlisted Growth Deal schemes remains
“retained” by the Department for Transport, and thus subject to its
approval procedures, namely the £33 million Liverpool City Centre
Connectivity scheme:-

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/...

Further details about all future decisions by the Combined Authority will
be accessible at the links set out above.

I trust that the above addresses your query from the Liverpool City
Region’s perspective.

From: Sian Berry <[FOI #262579 email]>
To: FOI requests at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
<[Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]>
Date: 08/04/15 17:50
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Local transport schemes funded
by the Liverpool City Region LEP

Dear Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined
Authority,

I would like to request information on the status of funding approval and
on the appraisal of local transport schemes that are funded (or partly
funded) by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

I am making this request to your Combined Authority as it is given as the
'accountable body' for the LEP and the LEP Assurance Framework published in
December 2014 (
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
) states that the accountable bodies are to be responsible for ensuring
that Freedom of Information and EIR requests are dealt with for each LEP in
line with relevant legislation.

For the purposes of this request, I would define a 'transport scheme' as a
project that involves the provision of public or private transport
infrastructure or services, including freight and passenger transport, or
including the remodelling of streets or pavements for walking/cycling
purposes and the provision of vehicles and facilities for vehicles of any
kind.

I would like your response to include schemes that have a significant
transport component even if they are not primarily for transport (e.g. one
that was for a development site and an external link road should be
included even if most of the funding was for the development).

For each transport scheme I would like to be provided with the following
information:

Basic details
1. Name of the project
2. Type of scheme (road/rail/cycle etc, or where mixed a description of the
main scheme purpose, with the type(s) of transport included named)
3. Location, including Latitude and Longitude or grid reference
4. The sponsoring/bidding organisation, to which the funding will go

Funding status
5. Current status towards funding approval within the LEP's approval
process, including 'under construction' or 'completed' where appropriate
6. An indication (yes/no) of whether it appeared in the 2014 Strategic
Economic Plan prepared by the LEP
7. An indication (yes/no) of whether it was first proposed through the
Local Transport Body process that preceded the SEP process in 2014
8. Date of the latest funding decision or status change

Costs
9. Total capital cost estimate at the time it was first included in the SEP
or the LEP plans
10. Final or current capital cost
11. Total LEP funding contribution
12. Total contribution from Local Growth Fund funding
13. Contributions from other bodies, e.g. the Department for Transport

Value for money
14. Estimate of value for money (Benefit-Cost Ratio, BCR) at the time it
was first included in the SEP or the LEP plans
15. Latest estimate of value for money (BCR)
16. Expected date for full LEP or DfT funding approval
17. Expected date for start of construction
18. Expected date for completion

Yours faithfully,

Sian Berry

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Dear Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC,

Thanks for a number of links to information about your Growth Deal. However, your response does not include all the data I was looking for or a full list of schemes being funded. As an example of how other LEPs have managed to provide the information in a suitable format which clearly responds to the questions posed, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP replied to me and gave a link to the information they had provided to the DfT , which was posted online, saying this:

"In accordance with the Local Growth Fund agreement, the Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership along with
Cornwall Council as its Accountable Body have uploaded the LEP
Assurance Framework and the Growth Deal Local Transport reporting
templates to the LEP website. The reporting template contains all
the information that the FOI applicant has requested and can be
found:
www.cornwallandislesofscillylep.com/sep/...

As the information in the framework being reported to the DfT closely matches the information I have requested, I would be very grateful if you could publish or release a similar reporting table in response to my request, or to send a copy to me when you are required to produce one by ministers.

Many thanks, and best wishes,

Sian Berry

Dear Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC,

Could I ask for an update on my request for information? As mentioned in my last email, there is a standard reporting framework to the DfT and I would like to make a specific request for that information and format, if my previous message wasn't clear.

Many thanks for your prompt attention, and best wishes,

Sian Berry

Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC,

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Dear Ms Berry,

Thank you for your follow-up email. Unfortunately, the hyperlink that you
attached within your email is broken, but nevertheless, I hope that I am
able to address your queries below using the attached table and hyperlinks
to all related information on approvals, business cases and associated
details.

(See attached file: TransportSchemes050615.docx)

Kind regards,

Angela Sanderson
Monitoring Officer
LCR Combined Authority

From: Sian Berry <[FOI #262579 email]>
To: Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC <[Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]>
Date: 09/06/15 13:13
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Local transport schemes
funded by the Liverpool City Region LEP

Dear Angela Sanderson/CEXEC/STHMBC,

Could I ask for an update on my request for information? As mentioned in my
last email, there is a standard reporting framework to the DfT and I would
like to make a specific request for that information and format, if my
previous message wasn't clear.

Many thanks for your prompt attention, and best wishes,

Sian Berry

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