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Joint plea to public to continue to be sensible and respectful at Sefton’s beauty spots

A number of organisations across Sefton are joining forces to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather.

The agencies who make up the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, HM Coastguard, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners.

Today (04 August) the partnership launches a campaign covering many of the issues faced on the Sefton coast.

Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside, we have seen a rise in the number of people using local beaches, parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve and many of Sefton’s beautiful beaches.

The advice remains that everyone should maintain social distancing at all times.

People also should check in advance of visiting places like National Parks and beaches to make sure they are prepared for visitors.

We are also asking people to remain respectful and protect our public spaces.

During the recent nice weather, the partnership has received reports of excessive littering and fires and BBQs being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads.

Mark Shaw from Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service said:

“Our beaches are tempting but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment.

“For those few who do visit our coastline at this time, they are advised that stringent parking restrictions are in place, all rubbish must be taken home and BBQs are strictly prohibited along the entirety of the Sefton coastline.

“At this time, we need people to think about their safety and the safety of others, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff.”

Sefton Chief Inspector Mike O’Malley from Merseyside Police said:

“We continue to work closely alongside our partners to deal with all issues on Sefton’s beautiful coastlines, and this August – with many choosing to holiday in this country due to travel restrictions – will be no different. We want all visitors to enjoy a safe, relaxing and enjoyable time, and show consideration for those who live in these areas.

“During spells of good weather this year we have had reports of excessive littering and fires and BBQs being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads.

“Anyone acting antisocially should expect to be dealt with by police in a robust manner, and we will also support other agencies in their work.

“I want to reassure those affected by anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and other issues affecting the communities of Sefton that we will again make a co-ordinated effort to prevent such incidents from occurring.

“Throughout August, officers will be on foot, in vehicles and on quad bikes across the Sefton coastline including Formby, Ainsdale and Crosby beaches, as well as parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve.”

PC David Baier from British Transport Police said:

“Everyone wants to enjoy this gorgeous weather and may head to the coast but it’s really important that people continue to social distance and wear compulsory face coverings when using public transport.

“These may be strange times, but the same rules apply regarding anti-social behaviour – we won’t tolerate any abuse of passengers or rail staff and we’ll continue to take a robust approach to anyone who breaks the rules.”

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Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement – Keeping the city moving in the run up to Christmas

Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva buses, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Halton Transport are working together once again to reduce traffic congestion and keep the city centre moving in the lead up to Christmas and throughout December.

 The aim is to support the city region’s economy by reducing illegal parking and monitoring traffic flow to prevent gridlock and make sure that bus services remain as punctual as possible. By working together in this way last year, congestion-causing incidents fell by more than a third (38 per cent) compared with the same period the previous year.

 Illegal parking, which causes traffic congestion at busy times, is being addressed through parking enforcement in ‘hot spot’ areas. Bus operators and highways staff will also report illegal parking that they see causing a problem, and PCSO and police officers will stop vehicles from dropping off in bus stops and road junctions, and from blocking yellow box junction markings in the city centre.

 This is the third year that this way of working to share information and resources has been used and has proved to be more effective than if each agency had worked alone. The joint initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said:

 “Results from last year’s initiative show that this way of working is effective in helping commuters and shoppers to get around more easily and also addresses the resulting air pollution that congestion can cause.

“We encourage people to play their part too by leaving their cars at home and sticking to public transport wherever possible,

Managing Director of Arriva Merseyside, Howard Farrall said:

“We welcome this initiative to help the reliability and punctuality of our services which are key to our customers and helps to reduce congestion. The more people we can encourage to use public transport, the better for the environment we live in and the air we breathe.

Rob Jones, managing director at Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire, said:

“This Christmas, we are encouraging everyone to make a more sustainable and convenient transport choice. One full Stagecoach double decker bus alone can take up to 75 cars off the road which will help to reduce city centre air pollution and speed up journey times.

“Stagecoach buses will be operating across the holiday season. Whether it’s to see friends and family or to grab a bargain in the sales, our services will be running throughout. Customers will be able to leave their cars home and enjoy the festivities without the worry of expensive car parking fees or potential fines.

“We will be keeping passengers informed with live traffic updates over the busy Christmas period on the website at www.stagecoachbus.com, on Twitter and on our new Stagecoach Bus App.”

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.” 

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