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Metro Mayor Announces Bus Discount Scheme for Apprentices, Saving £420 a year

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, will today announce one of the country’s most generous discounted bus travel schemes for apprentices, as part of a speech exploring the future of bus services in the city region.

The scheme, brought in after working with Bus Alliance partners Stagecoach and Arriva, will introduce half-price weekly and four-weekly bus passes for all apprentices aged 19 to 24.

Prices will be in line with Merseytravel’s already great-value Solo bus tickets for under-19s, which means that any apprentice up to the age of 25 will get half-price travel on buses, saving up to £420 per year.

The announcement is part of a major speech in which the Metro Mayor will talk about the importance of buses to local people, businesses and the economy as a whole.

He will emphasise that the Liverpool City Region has some of the best bus services in the country, bucking the national trend to increase bus use by 16% to 147 million journeys a year, last year, with 92% of users happy with their experience.

However, he will warn that in spite of this high performance, the city region cannot afford to rest on its laurels and will set out how he will use additional powers over bus services granted to areas with a Metro Mayor through the Bus Services Act to deliver the best possible service.

The Metro Mayor will announce a significant big bus conversation with the public and all stakeholders with an interest in bus services to help shape the future of buses in the city region.

 

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Buses are the backbone of our public transport system, with more than 400,000 journeys in the city region every day, making up 82% of all public transport journeys.

“More than £40 million has been invested in our bus fleet, making it as good as any outside London.  We know that we have one of the highest satisfaction levels in the country, with 92% of people happy with their bus journeys last year, but we know there are areas where we can do better.

“For example, the cost of travel has been putting some young people off taking-up apprenticeship opportunities, which is why I am so pleased that we have been able to introduce this new discounted scheme, which will provide apprentices up to the age of 25 with half-price bus travel, potentially saving them up to £420 a year.

“Devolution gives us the opportunity to do things differently, to take greater control of our buses, and deliver a better bus service.  We want the people of the city region to be part of that process, which is why I am announcing a big conversation about bus travel, to help us lay the foundations of a 21st century public transport system.”

 

Iain Finlayson, Business Performance Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “We know that bus travel is essential to our customers and staff and to the retail industry in the Liverpool City Region. 7.6 million customers a year visit Liverpool ONE by bus and a quarter of our 4,200 staff depend on the bus to get to and from work.

“That’s why we fully endorse the Metro Mayor’s initiative to deliver the very best bus services possible and will be contributing to the Big Bus Debate over the coming months.”

 

Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School restaurant and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “The city region’s bus network is particularly important for its restaurants, pubs and cafes, enabling our staff to get to and from work, and our customers to get out and about and enjoy themselves.  While we have seen significant improvements in buses locally in recent years there is always room for improvement and I would encourage everyone to have their say in the Big Bus Debate.  I’m also very pleased to hear about the discounted tickets for apprentices – it is vital that we continue to attract young people into our industry and anything that removes barriers to people taking up apprenticeships is to be applauded.”

 

Marcus Magee, General Manager of the Liverpool One Hilton Hotel and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “Hotels are a vital part of the city region’s visitor economy, which brings in £4.3 billion and is the city region economy’s second biggest sector.  Buses are vitally important to our sector, whether by enabling visitors to get around, or getting staff to work and back home, and we are committed to supporting this attempt by the Metro Mayor to ensure that we have a bus network that works as well as it can for everyone.”

 

Sue Higginson, Principal, Wirral Met College, said: “Transport costs can be the first barrier to success and this initiative will ensure that by offering discounted bus travel for young apprentices, we remove that barrier and ensure that young people who learn through a vocational route get the same level of support that is already available to those who have chosen an academic route.”

 

Howard Farrall and Rob Jones, the Area Managing Directors for Arriva and Stagecoach, said: “Liverpool City Region is blazing a trail with the Bus Alliance, a voluntary partnership with operators and Merseytravel that has invested more than £52 million in the bus network since it was formed, leading to real improvements for passengers. Bus patronage has bucked the national trend with a 16% increase to 147 million journeys a year and with independent surveys showing that 92% of bus users are satisfied with their journeys and 93% of 19-21 year olds being satisfied, up over 10% in 2017.

“As bus operators we are pleased to see bus travel being given the level of priority it deserves by the Metro Mayor and are committed to taking part in the ongoing debate about how we can make bus the best it possibly can be.”

Time Capsule buried for 50 years to mark the opening of Maghull Station

School children helping to preserve time for future generations of commuters have buried a time capsule in the foundations of the new £13 million state-of-the-art Maghull North Station, which will be re-opened in 2068.

 The container, which was created by pupils at St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School, is packed with school memorabilia, and also LFC/EFC match programmes, an unused mobile phone, popular books and a film created by all the pupils at the school with help from staff at Sefton Council.  

 It was presented to the station’s staff, Merseyrail’s HR director Jane English and Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, at a special ceremony held on June 11.

 Pupils from the school all got the honour of planting the historical milestone which will remain buried in the station’s grounds for the next fifty years.   

 A plaque will also be placed in the ground above the time capsule which will read:

 St Thomas CE Primary School Time Capsule, Sealed at Maghull North station on 11th July 2018.  To be opened 11th July 2068.

 The time capsule is one of several community projects that have been created to mark the arrival of the new station which was officially opened to the public last month.

 Other projects included a community artwork piece, to brighten up the new station’s site, which was designed by local groups and schools in the town.  

 Additionally, a set of story boards reflecting the fascinating the history of Moss Side Hospital, which was located on the land on which the station now resides, and how it became a leading institution at the forefront of research into mental health and PTSD during and after the First World War have been unveiled on both platforms.

 Speaking about the time capsule, head teacher, Mr Ward, said: “The new station is such exciting news for Maghull and our pupils were thrilled to help mark this occasion by creating a piece of local history which will give future generations a snapshot of what life was like in 2018.  

“They are really excited to have their work, poems and stories captured in time and be part of this lasting legacy.”

 Jane English, HR Director, at Merseyrail, said: “We are incredibly passionate about getting local schools involved in all our projects because we want to give back to all the communities in which we operate as they are an integral part of everything we do.

“The new station is hugely important for Maghull because it will improve travel options and drive ongoing development in the town, which is why we wanted to involve the children as they will be enjoying it for many years to come.”

“We are delighted that they got on board to support us and the time capsule is a fitting celebration to mark the end of such a major milestone for the town.”

 Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said: “This new station is a great asset for the local community and we’re delighted to see the schoolchildren getting involved with this project.

“It will be fascinating to look back in 50 years at what has been left behind in the capsule and hopefully many of our other future aspirations for the local rail network will have been realised at that stage too.”

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “The time capsule project has provided an invaluable link between education and the new railway station.

“It will be a real eye opener when the capsule is opened in 50 years’ time to see how the station, the school and the local area has progressed.

“Special thanks goes to Sefton Council’s Communications Team who helped put together the film about the school which will form an interesting piece of history in the future.”

 The new Maghull North station is located just off School Lane next to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line. 

 The station forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. 

 It also forms part of the wider £340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform train travel across the North.

 The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. Network Rail is building the station, which will be operated by Merseyrail. 

Watch this video which Sefton Council produced with St Thomas School about the time capsule project.

Domiciliary Care Contracts

Sefton Council’s current Home Care/Domiciliary Personal Care contracts have been in place since 2012 and will come to end with some new providers running services from August 1, 2018.

A fair and open tendering exercise was undertaken to retender these contracts, and the outcome of this process was approved by elected members.

Sefton Council will continue to ensure a range of good quality home care support services are provided for vulnerable people across the borough and the new contracts will provide better, more flexible services

Every effort is now being made by the Council and new providers to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for services users and their families.

 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “While some service users will soon receive care from different providers, we feel in no way should it affect the quality or standard of care. In fact the new contracts will deliver a number of improvements to the service provided in Sefton.

“The transfer of existing work to a new provider is covered by TUPE legislation, so that where appropriate care workers can transfer to the new provider and the relationship between service user and care worker can continue.

“We will continue to work closely with new and existing providers to ensure as little disruption as possible during this transition period.”

Anyone who requires further assistance in relation to this should call 0345 140 0845.

Young people in Sefton have their say on changes to sex education in schools

Young people from SYMBOL (Sefton Youth Making Better Opportunities with Leaders) have been making their voices heard over plans to improve Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) in schools.  

 The Department of Education is considering updating the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which was last revised in 2000.

 At a recent SYMBOL meeting held at Bootle Town Hall, young people from across the borough discussed the topic.

 Being a member of SYMBOL means a young person can play an active role in their community, with a direct line of communication with key decision makers, such as councillors and senior managers at Sefton Council including representatives from Public Health. They meet three times a year at different locations across the borough. 

 At the meeting young people talked about their experiences of sex education in school and gave advice on how it can be changed to be more effective. They believed that they would benefit more by having discussions about thoughts, feelings and the various issues surrounding relationships.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, was at the meeting. He said: “Some great points were raised by the young people attending the meeting. 

 “As a new curriculum in SRE and PSHE is shaped, it is important that we listen to young people’s views and experiences in order to make lessons relevant to them and their needs.

 “Young people believed that some teachers may be embarrassed when talking about the subject and understand it may be difficult for them to make the transition from teaching their usual curriculum subject, to having open discussions about sex and relationships. Advice like this is really relevant and will be shared with Public Health.” 
  
 During the meeting there was a performance from Access27, a theatre company which portrays the issues which effect young people. The hard hitting ‘Like Glue’ exposed relationship abuse in 5 scenarios including domestic abuse and controlling behaviour. This creative and emotive piece brought the issues to life, leaving a lasting impression on the room.
 
 Also on the agenda and keeping to the important topic of sex and relationships, young people and key figures took part in a session which raised awareness of the increase of on-line sexual abuse and e-safety. The workshop gave a greater understanding of how to spot the warning signs that a young person is being targeted and how to report any incidents. 

 For more information visit: www.consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/ and www.listentomystory.co.uk

 To get involved in SYMBOL contact Rob Hancock on 07792 315 890

Sefton’s Lost Castle set to rise again…out of cardboard

A long lost castle which took pride of place along the Sefton Coast is set to rise again – except this time the building materials are a little different.

Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created across the Liverpool City Region this summer in what is a cultural first for Sefton and the combined authority.

Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.

In Sefton, the long lost Miller’s Castle, built in the 19th Century in Bootle, will be reconstructed and put on display in North Park as part of a series of family-fun activities, coinciding with Bootle’s 150th Birthday on August 11.

Members of the public – individuals and community groups – are being urged to get involved in the event which is set to take place from July 31 to August 9.

Anyone who signs up can help create these magical structures and then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend.

The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

 Olivier and members of his team will work with people across Merseyside at a number of free workshops which will take place in July and August – these are drop in sessions and people can get involved as much or as little as they like. Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk.

The project has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority, and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which aims to bring the very best international outdoor art to towns and cities.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Lost Castles project across Merseyside and to see Miller’s Castle recreated will be an incredible sight.

“Not many people are aware that Bootle had its very own castle of course.

“In 1824 an enterprising businessman called William Miller was able to build a huge castle on the shoreline, aptly named Miller’s Castle. The castle was demolished in the 1860s to make room for the ever expanding Bootle docks and a nearby road, Miller’s Bridge, was named in his honour.

“Now Miller’s Castle is set to awe and impress residents and visitors once more when it is recreated in cardboard form at North Park. It will be a magical venue for a series of community events and performances.

“Once it’s all over, Miller’s Castle will be responsibly recycled, making it artwork that’s also environmentally-friendly.”

For more information or to get involved in the Sefton Lost Castles project, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/lostcastles.

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