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Edition No. 179

Date:- 11 December 2004

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TRAIN operating company First North Western (FNW) is offering parents and carers advice on how to make sure they and their children travel safely.

FNW has produced a leaflet called "Travelling Safely With Your Children", to help customers travelling with youngsters to take care when using the train.

The colourful leaflet offers advice for customers when arriving at a station, when waiting on platforms and when getting on and off the train.

Parents and carers are advised to never run anywhere on the station, to use handrails and be aware of any gaps between the train and platform edge.

There are also helpful telephone numbers included in the leaflet, that customers can call if they need travel assistance or information. 

FNW Safety Manager Martyn Guiver said:- "We decided to produce the leaflet to make sure any customers travelling with children take extra care when at the stations and on the trains.

Thankfully the number of accidents at stations and on trains is low, but obviously safety remains our priority and hopefully this leaflet will offer some helpful advice for parents and their children on how to safely travel by train."

The free leaflet is available from all major First North Western stations.

Christmas Anti-Drink Drive Campaign is in the Bag

LIVERPOOL motorists are being advised "Tidy Up Your Act" for this year's Christmas anti drink/drug driving campaign. The campaign is also linked to keeping the city streets cleaner during the festive season and involves distributing 50,000 re-usable Car Tidy bags with anti drink driving messages.
The bags have been designed to be placed over a car's gear stick. The message on the bags challenge some of the misconceptions that drinkers have regarding their ability to carry out even the simplest task after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, such as "Drunk at night, sober in the morning."

The campaign, which is also supported by Liverpool's Primary Care Trusts, was launched at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Thursday 9 December when Father Christmas attached one of the car tidy bags to his sleigh.

"These bags serve a dual purpose, they are an imaginative way of getting over the 'Simply Don't Drink and Drive' message but as an added bonus they also help drivers keep their car tidy and there will be no excuse for using the city streets as a dumping ground for in-car rubbish," said Cllr Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration.
Robin Tudor, Corporate Affairs Manager for the Airport adding- "The Airport fully supports this important campaign. It's not just Santa who'll be flying around in the run up to Christmas, so it's good to get this message across to many of the region's drivers who are also travelling through the Airport"

The city council will be making the bags available in various outlets including McDonalds Drive through's. They will also be distributed at the entrances of the Mersey Tunnels and Arriva buses will be displaying posters on all of their fleet.

A new hard-hitting poster, showing a pint glass filled with blood, with the slogan "Could You Kill for a Pint?" is also featuring in this year's campaign.


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