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Date:- 23 January 2006

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New Liverpool and Merseyside Visitor Guide Launched

A BRAND new visitor guide for Liverpool and Merseyside is to be launched this week.  The 2006 Visitor Guide to Liverpool, Merseyside and England’s Northwest, produced by The Mersey Partnership, will act as the definitive tourism handbook for the region. 

An initial 200,000 guides will be printed and distributed throughout the UK and Europe.  As well as being distributed free in Merseyside’s Tourist Information centres, they will also appear in Information Centres, ferry terminals, bus and coach stations and motorway service stations up and down the country.

Features in the guide include Museums & Galleries, Music & The Beatles, Theatre & Cinema, Sport, Shopping, Liverpool European Capital of Cultue, Architecture and Accommodation. There are also dedicated sections for St.Helens, Halton, Knowsley, Wirral and Southport, as well as a wider North West message.

A new feature from previous editions is a dedicated Family section, which suggests ideas for those visiting the region with children.

Martin King, Director of Tourism at The Mersey Partnership, said:- “A quality visitor guide is essential for any travel destination. It has to be handy to carry around, user-friendly and should contain simple but accurate information. As well as providing tourists with the information they will need during their visit, it is also a good tool to attract people here.  It is estimated that tourism contributes £1billion to the local economy, providing jobs for 20,000 people. With such high numbers we need to make sure we get the basic things right, and we believe that this is the best visitor guide we’ve ever produced and one of the best on the market.”

Liverpool & Merseyside Visitor Guides can be obtained from or by calling 0906 680 6886 (25p per minute).


HALEWOOD College in Halewood, Nine Tree Primary School in Stockbridge Village, St Brigid's RC Primary School, St Paul and St Timothys Infant School and Lister Drive Infant School all of Liverpool have won BT Schools Awards worth £3,000 each in partnership with 105.4 Century FM and Capital Disney.

The schools, were some of 200 winners chosen from more than 750 entries, ware awarded the prizes because they have demonstrated a commitment to putting speaking and listening at the heart of education and promoting excellent communication skills within the classroom, school and in their community.

The 2005/06 BT Schools Awards reward schools that actively develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills. Each winning school will now receive £1,000 cash to spend how they wish, a treasure chest including a DVD player, a full set of free communication skills resources and a special BT drama workshop in their school.

All schools were selected as BT Schools Awards winners as the schools regard developing speaking and listening skills as crucial. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and encouraged to discuss and agree upon an appropriate register for conversation, group work and formal presentations. Active listening strategies are promoted and through activities such as performances, student councils, committees and peer mentoring communication skills are encouraged.

Dave Hancock, head of BT Education and Volunteering, said:- "I would like to congratulate all the schools taking part in these awards. It is great to see that schools across the country are demonstrating a commitment to improving the communication skills of their pupils and are actively seeking opportunities to promote best practice in speaking and listening."

Log on to for more information about the scheme.

Road improvements to Wood Lane/Winster Drive

A SERIES of road safety improvements are being made to the roundabout joining Wood Lane and Winster Drive in Netherley.  Merseytravel and Liverpool City Council are jointly coordinating the works, which are part of the Local Transport Plan – a 5-year programme of improvements to the transport network in Merseyside.

The works include reducing the size of the roundabout to allow buses and other vehicles to manoeuvre safely around it and raising the kerbs to improve pedestrian safety, as well as improvements to the road surface, markings, signage and street lighting.

To ensure the works can be carried out safely, the Winster Drive junction with Wood Lane will be closed to traffic for 10 weeks.  Bus services 79, 79D and 179 will be re-routed and clear diversion signs will direct drivers around the area.

A Merseytravel spokesperson said:- ”These are important road improvements, which will greatly improve this junction, however, we do apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst this work takes place.”

A public notice informing about the works is due to go out in the local press.  The works start on January 23.



HERE at Southport Reporter we are just in the last stage of writing up the events for 2006 and if you would like good exposure for your event this year, let us know as soon as possible your event information. 

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