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Festive cheer for Merseyrail passengers with Boxing Day and late night trains

Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy more festive cheer this Christmas as trains will be running on Boxing Day and late nights in December.

With return tickets from just £2.10, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

Boxing Day

The rail operator will be running a special service between 09:00 and 19:00 on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

Late night trains

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

Two trains per evening will run as follows:

  • Friday 13 December trains will depart at 01:30 (early hours of Saturday 14 December)
  • Saturday 14 December trains will depart at 01:30 (early hours of Sunday 15 December)
  • Friday 20 December trains will depart at 01:30 (early hours of Saturday 21 December)
  • Saturday 21 December trains will depart at 01:30 (early hours of Sunday 22 December)

These trains will call at the following stations:

Northern line: Waterloo, Formby and Southport

Wirral line: Birkenhead Central, Bebington, Bromborough, Hooton

Early finish times and closures

The Merseyrail network will be closed on Christmas Day, with services finishing early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit www.merseyrail.org/christmas. Our customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “We are thrilled to be offering these services to our passengers this Christmas.

“We have listened to feedback from our passengers and responded accordingly with services that will help people get home from festive celebrations, late night shopping and more.

“Only a very limited number of trains operate nationally on Boxing Day, so it’s great news for the Liverpool City Region that we are able to operate this service.”

There will also be a whole host of activity across the Merseyrail network this Christmas. Some of the highlights include:

Father Christmas on the network

On 2 December at 10am Father Christmas will be making a special delivery to Liverpool Central’s MtoGo store. Further information will be available closer to the time.

Carol choirs

Carol choirs will be performing throughout December on the Merseyrail network at the following stations:

Liverpool Central – 3, 5, 8, 19 & 20 December

Hamilton Square – 5 & 19 December

Southport – 22 December

Free Merseyrail travel in Sefton for military personnel on Remembrance Day

All serving personnel and veterans will be able to travel for free on the Merseyrail network this Remembrance Day (November 10).

Forces personnel will be able to travel anywhere on the network to take part in remembrance services in Sefton and across the Liverpool City Region.

To receive their free travel, veterans and armed forces personnel must present their Armed Forces ID, Veterans Badge with a photo ID or be dressed in their full uniform.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail said: “Our armed forces have sacrificed so much for this country and it’s a pleasure to be able to show our support and gratitude by offering free travel this Sunday.”

The following Remembrance Services will be taking place across Sefton this Sunday:

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:45am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)

 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Publishes Clean Air Proposals

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be asked to endorse an interim air quality action plan at its meeting next Friday (November 1).

 The interim plan, developed by its Air Quality Task Force, which includes representatives from partner organisations across the city region, makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • Development of a 600km walking and cycling network
  • Investigating scrappage schemes such as a Taxi Scrappage Scheme
  • Working towards a zero emission bus fleet by 2040
  • A commitment to work closely with partners across all six of the Combined Authority’s constituent local authorities, who are all represented on the Air Quality Task Force
  • Rolling out a network of alternative fuel facilities across the region, such as hydrogen fuelling facilities, linked to a £6.4 million scheme to pilot hydrogen buses in the city region
  • Investigating alternative models of bus delivery to best serve the needs of the city region and improve air quality
  • Potential of a boiler scrappage scheme to help address domestic consumption and fuel poverty
  • Investigating measures to reduce heat loss from homes, potentially through retrofitting insulation, to reduce energy use – around 25% of the heat produced by a boiler can escape through an uninsulated roof
  • Procuring new cleaner, greener Mersey Ferries vessels to replace the existing, 60-year old vessels
  • Making the case to Government for long-term funding certainty to support the delivery of measures that support clean air

 Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Ensuring that everyone can breathe clean air is one of the most fundamental issues facing us today and an issue that we must address together.

“Earlier this year the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority declared a climate emergency and addressing poor air quality is at the heart of responding to it.

“As is so often the case, it is our most deprived communities, who already have to cope with multiple health problems, who suffer most from the effects of polluted air.  Public Health England has calculated that air pollution contributes to 700 deaths a year in our city region and we know that we have areas where men have a life expectancy seven years lower than the national average. 

“We have had some notable successes in tackling air pollution. Seven-out-of-ten buses in the city region are now low emission, we are home to pioneering work to develop trains that run on hydrogen and we’re building on our strength in offshore wind with the development our potentially world-leading Mersey Tidal Power scheme.

“And this action plan sets out how we can work together with partners across the whole of our city region to tackle this ongoing public health emergency.”

Councillor Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Air Quality and Transport, said: “Clearly no single organisation or individual can address poor air quality alone. That’s why our Air Quality Task Force is made up of elected and other representatives from across the six local authority area of the city region. And it’s why this plan, the first result of its work, contains actions for the Combined Authority, for our constituent local authorities and partners, supported by the Combined Authority, for residents, communities and businesses and actions we need from central government and its agencies.

“We all need to change the way we live, work and do business if we are to improve our air quality for ourselves and for future generations.  And we need to make those changes now.” 

Borough of Culture Shines on Sefton!

Crosby Coastal Park is set to be lit up with an amazing light constellation and high-octane entertainment to signal the start of Sefton’s build up to the Borough of Culture.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

To start the build-up to Sefton’s year, a huge light constellation – Parabolic Lightcloud – will be switched on in Crosby Coastal Park on Friday, November 8.

This forms part of a Liverpool City Region arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing.

On November 8, there will be an evening of activities including local bands, choirs, food-stalls and Spark! Spark! are a street theatre show performed by five to seven characters that combines high-impact drumming, dynamic choreography and beautiful lighting design.

The constellation will be located at the bottom of South Road, Waterloo and will be there all weekend (November 8-10) along with entertainment from 4pm-8pm each evening.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, is the main sponsor for the Borough of Culture year. She said: “As Wirral’s amazing year draws to a close, we can’t wait to receive the Borough of Culture baton off them and launch Sefton’s.

“The Borough of Culture title for 2020 is one we are extremely proud of and can’t wait to showcase everything about our wonderful borough. The focus of our year will be on stories looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“To start the build-up, an impressive light constellation will be switched on in Crosby Coastal Park in an evening of celebrations. This is open to everyone and I hope as many people as possible attend the event and marvel at the constellation.

“If you can’t make the Friday, the display will be there all weekend and we want families and friends to get a photograph of the constellation and widely share it on social media tagging us in and using #Sefton2020.

“This is just the start of an exciting 12 months of cultural activities tapping into new, existing and community led events across the whole of the borough.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, added: “Culture and creativity are integral to our vision of the city region as a prosperous, fair and exciting place to live, work and invest.  The Borough of Culture award and the Constellations project, which is taking place both in Sefton and our other five boroughs, are part of our efforts to boost involvement in culture and creativity across the whole of the city region. 

“Just as the Wirral is reaching the culmination of what has been a brilliant year as our Borough of Culture it is very exciting to see Sefton start the build up to their year in the spotlight.”

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme for the Liverpool City Region which includes investment in key cultural projects such as £10.55m for the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and £5m support for the Liverpool 2018 celebrations, which brought the Giants back to the city region for the final time.

This investment is in addition to the activity around the annual Borough of Culture celebrations, and the 1% for Culture initiative, which saw Liverpool City Region become the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative activities.

Activities will start in Crosby Coastal Park at 4pm on Friday, November 8 with the constellation switch on at about 6.15pm. The constellation display will be there until Sunday, November 10 with entertainment planned from 4pm-8pm on all three nights (November 8-10).

The event is free to attend although there are drop off points to welcome any foodbank donations on any day for South Sefton Foodbank. Please consider using public transport to attend as well.

Half-price rail travel for young apprentices in the Liverpool City Region

From today (September 2) young people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region are being given half-price train travel, just in time for the start of the autumn term.

 The Apprentice Travelcard could now save apprentices aged 19-24 as much as £680 a year on train travel, that’s on top of the £420 saving already available on bus travel.

 The discount scheme fulfils a key election pledge made by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to remove one of the main barriers to entry for young people looking to enter vocational training – access to affordable transport.

 Launched in November 2018, the Apprentice Travelcard is one of the most generous transport discount schemes for apprentices in the country, and was recently recognised by the TUC as an example of best practice which should be adopted across the UK.

 Chris Williams, 23, uses his Apprentice Travelcard to access half-price bus travel between his home in Garston and the City of Liverpool College where he is enrolled on a vocational training course. He is now looking to take advantage of discount available on rail travel.

 Chris said: “The half price bus travel has made a massive difference. It makes being an apprentice a much more viable option since I don’t have to worry about money as much – it’s saved me a ton already. It’s really helped me out, and it’s great for me that it’s extending to the trains too.”

 To get hold of an Apprentice Travelcard applicants must be aged between 19-24 and living in one of the six districts of the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

 Eligible cardholders will then be able purchase weekly and monthly Railpass season tickets at 50% discount from all Merseyrail and staffed Northern stations. Depending on the travel zones covered by the pass, the ticket allows unlimited travel across the Northern, Wirral and City lines with all rail operators, including Merseyrail, Northern and Transpennine Express.

 Application packs are available from training providers, further education colleges and at Merseytravel TravelCentres – further details are available at merseytravel.gov.uk/apprentice

 Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “With the autumn term about to begin, I’m pleased that we’re able to help young people starting on apprenticeships by giving them half-price travel which could potentially save them hundreds of pounds a year.

 Apprenticeships are a vital pathway to skilled, well-paid jobs. As the TUC highlighted recently, we’re leading the country when it comes to removing transport costs as an obstacle for young people beginning vocational training.
Yet again, we’re showing how devolution and local decision making can improve the lives of ordinary people across our city region. “

 Councillor Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said: “Making travel by public transport easier and more affordable for young people has always been a priority for us.

 “Already young people in the Liverpool City Region have access to great value rail fares, with Railpass tickets offering them unlimited travel across the Merseyrail network for less than £2.50 a day.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to extend the provision of reduced fares to young apprentices, right up to their 25th birthday.”

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