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Hughe popular Ditch Those Stabilizers returns for February Half Term

Back by popular demand during the October half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in both Litherland and Southport.

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The events, which take place a number of times throughout the year, always have a very high success rate, as staff from the Council’s highway safety team offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, February 19 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, February 21 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.

Sefton’s Public Engagement Panel has reached it’s 10-year milestone.

Sefton Council is delighted to be celebrating Sefton’s Public Engagement and  Consultation Panel’s 10th Anniversary.

 The Council and several partners developed the panel to ensure they collectively listen to residents and give them the opportunity to have a say in the services that are delivered.

 One of the ways this is done is by going out into our communities to carry out engagement and consultation activities. It is the panel’s responsibility to ensure these consultations are delivered effectively.

 The panel includes representatives from Sefton Council, South Sefton and Southport Clinical Commissioning Group, Sefton CVS, Sefton Young Advisors, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and Mersey Travel.

To find out more about how you can get involved follow this link;

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services and Chair of the Public Engagement and Consultation Panel, said:

 “We are all extremely happy that after 10 years this panel is still going strong and long may it continue. Working together and sharing the panel’s expertise has enabled us to successfully advise on 168 consultation and engagement activities, meaning we have listened to the views of thousands of residents from across the borough.

 “I am also very proud that this panel has been held up as an example of extremely good practice in relation to how we engage with the public and with our partners.

 “We are committed to delivering quality services which work in the best interest of residents, workers or visitors to Sefton. To do this, we recognise that we must engage with the public when making decisions and we encourage as many people as possible to give us their views.”

Work starts at Bescar Lane and New Lane train stations

Network Rail, Northern and TransPennine Express are extending more than 100 platforms
at over 70 stations across the North of England to allow for longer trains with more seats.

As part of these works, engineers are lengthening platforms at both Bescar Lane and New Lane stations on the railway line between Southport and Wigan.

Network Rail are working with Northern to minimise the impact of this project on passengers and most of our works to extend the station platforms will be carried out at night time when trains aren’t running.

However, a one day closure of the railway is needed, which has been planned for Sunday January 27.

On Sunday 27 January, Northern train services between Southport and Wigan will be replaced by buses. Passengers are urged to allow extra time for their journeys and check before they travel at

Merseyrail Platform Upgrades 2019: All you need to know

Information about the next three phases of platform upgrades to prepare the Merseyrail network for the arrival of new, state of the art trains in 2020 is now available to help people plan their journeys.

Upgrades involve altering the height and width of station platforms and realigning track. This is vital to ensure the new trains’ sliding step can meet the platform edge, providing better access for all passengers.


There are 11 phases of work scheduled until June 2019. During each phase, some stations will be temporarily closed however high quality, rail replacement buses will keep passengers moving.

A summary of the next three phases are below and passengers are advised that further information including timetables is available at Merseyrail stations and on the Merseyrail website.

Phase 5: Hunts Cross line: Brunswick to Hunts Cross, starting with one day of work on 19 January, then 21 -26 January 2019.

Sandhills to Hunts Cross (including Liverpool Central), from 20 and 27 January 2019

More information about Phases 6 to 11 including rail replacement bus services and alternative travel options will be available a few weeks before the start of each phase.

Key advice:

Check before you travel, especially during the Christmas period as timetables may change.
Plan ahead – use journey planners.
Leave more time for your journey.
Consider avoiding travelling at peak times where possible.
Consider your options –including commercial buses and the Mersey Ferries.
These vital works need to happen to ensure that station platforms across the Merseyrail network are compatible with the new trains and their ground breaking, sliding step technology that will provide unassisted access for all.

This will mean that wheelchair users can board the train without a ramp and passengers with prams and cycles can get on and off the train with ease. This technology represents a pioneering approach for the UK.

Merseytravel, Merseyrail and Network Rail have worked collaboratively on this project and significant planning work has been carried out to minimise the time needed to complete these important works and reduce disruption to passengers.

Businesses and organisations are advised to think about what they may need to put in place to support staff and customers.

For more information visit the Merseyrail website


Tunnel tolls set to drop to £1 for Liverpool City Region residents

Delivering on a pledge made during his election campaign, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has recommended that the cost of Mersey Tunnel tolls for Liverpool City Region residents is cut to £1.

The reduced toll – which could save tunnel users more than £400 a year* – would be available to everyone in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral who registers for a personal use Mersey Tunnels Fast Tag.

Under the mayor’s proposals submitted to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee, the cash toll for cars will be frozen at £1.80, still 20p less per journey than the rise authorised by the Tunnels Act. The tolls for all other vehicles – including large vans, coaches and HGVs – will also be held at 2018 rates.

If approved**, the proposed discount for city region residents would come into effect from April.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “I’m pleased today to be able to submit a proposal for a new £1 Fast Tag toll, delivering on the commitment I made during my election.

“If approved, this will be the lowest tunnel toll in over 25 years, with the rate available to the people of the Liverpool City Region 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

“Nobody likes to have to pay to use the tunnels, but they are a critical element of the city region’s infrastructure and we do not receive any central government funding to effectively operate, maintain and upgrade them.

“During the 2015 general election the then Chancellor promised that we would receive national funding for the tunnels but this has not been forthcoming.

“Until this happens I will continue to work to keep the tolls as low as possible, especially for city region residents.”

For tunnel users living outside the Liverpool City Region the Fast Tag price will rise to £1.80. This still represents a discount on the authorised toll allowed under the Tunnels Act. Fast Tag users will also continue to benefit from the convenience of dedicated lanes and online top-up and account management

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