Notes of Plenary meeting 26 January 2018

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Friday 26 January 2018

Confederation of Passenger Transport

53-64 Chancery Lane, London

10.30 – 12.45

  1. Apologies for absence – see appendix 1
  2. Notes of the AGM & Plenary meeting 10 November 2017 and matters arising – accepted

  3. Notes of the Executive meeting 10 November 2017 – accepted
  4. Financial report
    1. Expenditure against Budget 2017-18 – noted
    2. Balance – £12,556.12

The administrator advised that the Consortium is now able to accept card payments.

  1. Discussion session: see appendix 2

    Mitigating security vulnerabilities outside railway, bus and coach stations

    1. Craig Stride, Department for Transport
    2. David Pike, Department for Transport

  2. Consultations
    1. Accessibility Action Plan consultation – The DfT were pleased that over 1000 responses had been received.
    2. Community Rail consultation –

Consultations have been issued on the East Coast Rail Route Study and the Major Route Network, and it was suggested the Consortium should consider a response.

  1. Issues to Discuss from Newsletters

The following issues from the Newsletters were discussed:

  • Department for Transport rolling Stock Perspective – concerns were raised at meeting the accessibility requirements by the end of December 2019.
  • A revised Draft National Airports Policy has been published and Heathrow Airport have begun consultation on expansion.
  • The Welsh Government is consulting on discounting travel to more young people.
  • The impact of Carillion going into administration on rail projects was discussed.
  • The impact of the Mayor of London’s decision to bring forward the ULEZ for coaches and buses, and the capacity of the industry to meet this requirement was discussed.
  • The early termination of the East Coast rail franchise was noted with concern.
  • It was highlighted to members that FirstGroup is to focus capital expenditure for new buses where local authorities are supportive.
  • Network Rail – concern was raised at renewal work from CP5 moving to CP6 and that it would only include routine maintenance and renewals, with new projects requiring specific funding.
  • Bus Services Act 2017 – the DfT has issued 3 documents for local authorities to use.
  • The new railcard for those aged 26-30, valid after 1000, was noted.
  • Concern was raised at the withdrawal peak time intercity trains from Bedford and Luton, by East Midlands Trains, and the reduction in connectivity northbound as a result.
  1. LGA Update – noted

  2. Section 19 & 22 Update – the policy advisor informed members that the DfT is to undertake a 12 week consultation on this issue and a request had been made for a specific meeting with local authorities.

  3. Future Programme & Dates for 2018
    1. Friday 23 March – Birmingham: West Midlands Bus Alliance
    2. Friday 4 May – LG House
    3. Friday 29 June – Regional meeting
    4. Friday 21 September – LG house
    5. Friday 16 November (AGM) – LG House
  4. Any other business – none

 Domestic Land Transport Security

Currently the National Threat level is at ‘Severe’ meaning that a terrorist attack is highly likely. This is the second highest threat level – in 2017, this was elevated to ‘critical’ on two occasions. Two attacks were successful, but there were 20 other disrupted/failed attempts.

Public vigilance is required due to the current nature of attacks being small and individual and therefore harder to detect, rather than large scale military type (such as previous IRA attacks). However, the idea that the public needs to be vigilant isn’t widely accepted.
Challenges involved in keeping the travelling public safe are a result of the nature of the public transport system – open and unscreened –it is a soft, crowded, easily accessible, economic target.
Rail security is delivered through enforcing security instructions. Legal requirements are placed on national rail network, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and Glasgow Subway. The Department for Transport instructions are the minimum standard – the rail industry often does more.
Bus and Coach: Guidance was issued in 2012 recommending best practice: DVD is available at landsecurity@dft.gsi.gov.uk .
On 9 October 2017, DfT issued ‘Mitigating Security Vulnerabilities’ document – DfT wants local authorities to share best practice. DfT has helped in the design of new projects at new stations.
Roads, Bridges & Tunnels – guidance being developed
Regional antiterrorist units are available to assist local authorities.

 

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