If approved, the plan would reunite the operations of trains and track under one company for the first time since rail privatisation. The proposals have been devised by Merseytravel, the public sector transport authority controlled by the local councils, and Merseyrail Electrics, the train franchise operated by Holland's Ned Railways and Serco, which runs London's Docklands Light Railway.
The plan was delivered earlier this month to transport minister Kim Howells, Strategic Rail Authority chairman Richard Bowker and rail regulator Tom Winsor.
Neil Scales, director general of Merseytravel, said:'We are trying to do something a bit radical in Merseyside. If we shorten the command chain then we can do a more effective job than Network Rail'.