My colleague John Dodd is a member of Mersytravel and attended the meeting earlier this month. He has issued this statement today
Labour Party Stifles Debate on Control Merseyrail Electrics Network from Network Rail
Cllr John Dodd, the Liberal Democrat representative on Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (Merseytravel), was disappointed that at a full meeting of Sefton Council a motion put by his colleague Cllr Brodie-Browne to suspended standing orders to debate a motion calling on Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (Merseytravel) to take control of Merseyrail Electrics Network from Network Rail was not supported by the Labour Party. Cllr Dodd, went on to say “what have Labour to hide? At a recent Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (Merseytravel) meeting the ruling Labour group on the authority refused a debate”. Cllr Dodd said this is an important issue to the people of Sefton. There should be a full debate on whether an integrated Merseyrail network would be in the best interest of Merseyside's commuters and would enable local people and rail customers to have a greater say in the decisions taken which would affect the rail network in Merseyside.