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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.

Phases

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

Robert White brings his Tank Top Tour to Southport

Robert White wowed the judges and viewers alike with his fast-paced comedy routines when he made the finals on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

He is now set to bring all that fun you saw on the TV live across the country as he announces his debut UK tour: The Tank Top Tour.

With a suitcase full of his trademark vests, Robert will be travelling the UK with his unique, musical stand-up to 31 venues between February and April 2019.

Tickets for The Tank Top Tour for all dates are on sale now and are available from http://www.cuffeandtaylor.com/events/robertwhite and www.ticketmaster.co.uk – please find a full list of dates and venue box office details below. All shows suitable for ages 16+.

As the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit, Britain’s Got Talent has helped to highlight Robert’s distinctive comedy genius.

Known for his brilliant timing and anarchic performance style, Robert’s chaotic stage presence, improvisational skills and delivery saw him win the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.

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A regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2010, his shows regularly impress critics and audiences alike, winning the hearts of the British public. His hilarious routines have also received over 6 million views on YouTube winning him legions of fans across the UK and beyond.

Robert White :The Tank Top Tour comes to The Atkinson, Southport on Friday 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £19.50 concession.

Book your tickets online at or call Box Office on 01704 533333. We are also open for counter sales during the opening hours of 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Join our e-newsletter to find out the full programme of events and activities – just visit https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/e-newsletter/

David Baddiel brings half term fun to The Atkinson!

Story Pocket Theatre are delighted to announce that AniMalcolm, based on the bestselling children’s book by David Baddiel, will play at The Atkinson on Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February as part of a major UK tour and following a smash-hit premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.

Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family are wild about them. In fact their house is full of pets of all shapes and sizes. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, until there he is on the bus, heading to… a farm.

But on a school trip like no other, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. Will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is yourself.

A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre, AniMalcolm combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.

David Baddiel is an award-winning comedian, author, screenwriter, director and television presenter known for his work with Newman and Baddiel, Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned and his platinum number one single Three Lions. David has written four children’s books which have now sold over one million copies, as well as four critically-acclaimed adult novels and the hit film The Infidel. David’s latest stand-up show, My Family: Not the Sitcom, premiered at the Menier Chocolate Factory before going on to run for 15 weeks in the West End.

All the culture, right on your doorstep! That’s #MySefton ☺️ ‍♂️ #Arts #Culture #Southport #Sefton #Atkinson #Music #Comedy #Design #MySefton

David Baddiel said: “It has been such a thrill to see AniMalcolm brought to life on stage, and as a musical! Story Pocket have done a wonderful job with this adaptation, and it will be a real treat to see Malcolm adventuring around the UK with his menagerie of animals in tow.”

Story Pocket Theatre is a company devoted to bringing both classic and original children’s stories to the stage in a magical, inventive and exciting way. Previous productions include Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur (Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour) and A Pocketful of Grimms (Edinburgh Fringe and International Tour).

AniMalcolm is directed by Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde with musical direction by David Perkins, set and costume design by Jacqueline Trousdale, lighting design by Declan Randall and movement direction by Shona Morris.

AniMalcolm is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Recommended for ages 5+.

Book your tickets online at https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/david-baddiel-animalcolm/ or call Box Office on 01704 533333. We are also open for counter sales during the opening hours of 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Join our e-newsletter to find out the full programme of events and activities – just visit https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/e-newsletter/

Sefton Council pays tribute to Mayor Pawel Adamowicz

Sefton Council will hold a minute’s silence to mark the passing of the Mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.

The borough has close links with Gdansk, having been proudly twinned with the Polish city since 1993 as a result of partnership work by the Anglo-Polish Society in Southport.

A letter of condolence on behalf of the Mayor’s Office, the Leader of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Chief Executive has been sent to Mayor Adamowicz’s family ahead of a minute’s silence at the next full meeting of Sefton Council.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “The passing of Mayor Adamowicz is a terrible tragedy and my sincerest condolences go out to his family at this heartbreaking time.

“It is clear to see from the outpouring of grief that Mayor Adamowicz was an incredibly well liked member of his city and I have written to his office in Gdansk on behalf of myself and the leader of the Council to express our heartfelt sorrow for his passing.

“As Mayor Of Sefton, I have been proud to work closely with members of our fantastic Polish community to uphold the ongoing relationship with our twin city.

“I ask that all members of the council and those attending the next full meeting of Sefton Council join me in a minute’s silence in memory of Mayor Adamowicz.”

The minute’s silence will take place prior to the start of Sefton Council’s full council meeting on Thursday, January 24 at Bootle Town Hall from 6.30pm.

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