Unexplained death on the M53
Police officers are investigating the unexplained death of a woman
on the M53 motorway have confirmed the identity of the woman as
42-year-old Jacqueline Sandra Pye of Higher Bebington.
Just after midnight on Monday, 9 April 2007, the deceased's body was
found beneath a bridge on the southbound carriageway of the M53
motorway between junction 4 and 5 at Clatterbridge.
The motorway, between Junctions 4 and 5, was closed to traffic
whilst Crime Scene Investigators carried out investigations at the
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Mike Parkinson said:- “I
would appeal to anyone who was driving along the M53 motorway just
before, or just after, midnight who may have seen anything which
could help with our investigation to contact the police on 0151 777
2265, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
We believe that the deceased had been to a party on Sunday night and
would appeal to anyone who may have further information which could
help us build a picture of the events leading up to this lady's
death to contact us.”
Four people (three men aged 47, 40 and 18 years from the Wirral and
an 18 year old woman from Wirral) arrested in connection with the
unexplained death of 42 year old Jacqueline Pye on the M53 motorway
have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A post mortem to establish the cause of death has concluded that
Jacqueline Pye died as a result of head injuires consistent with a
fall from a height.
Detectives are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances
surrounding the death and senior investigating officer DCI Mike
Parkinson, said:- "A number of witnesses have come forward as
a result of appeals in the media and I would like to thank them for
The investigation into Jacqueline Pye's death is continuing and I
would urge anyone who hasn't contacted us, who has information that
could help with our investigation, to come forward and contact the
police on 0151 777 2265. You can also contact Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111 at any time of day or night."
RENEWING THE RAILWAY IN LIVERPOOL
Merseyside are set to benefit from Network Rail's third phase of
track renewal of the underground railway. The £3.3 million project
is part of a wider £15 million scheme to replace the entire track
that runs beneath the city centre by the end of 2009.
Work starts on Saturday 21 April and continues until Monday 28 May
2007, during which time all services from the Wirral lines will
terminate at James Street station. A bus shuttle will run from James
Street to Lime Street station only. Northern Line and main line
services are not affected by the work.
Simon Whitehorn, Network Rail's area manager Merseyside said:-
"The renewal of the track brings benefits for everyone.
Passengers get a better quality ride, it causes less wear and tear
on Merseyrail's fleet of trains and the new track needs less
maintenance by us."
The work uses rail fixings manufactured in Australia. These Vipa
base plates have been shipped half way round the world in time for
the latest stage in the project. They are used to hold in place the
two rails that make up the railway track. They also cut down on
noise and vibration, so rail passengers get a smoother, quieter
The underground system in Liverpool is unusual compared to
conventional railway tracks. Most track systems consist of two rails
held in place on sleepers by steel clips. The sleepers, which can be
either wooden, steel or concrete, are packed into grey stone
chippings known as ballast.
However, the four mile long Liverpool underground system constructed
in 1971 consists of a circular loop line in a single bore tunnel.
The railway lines sit on Vipa base plates which are bolted to a
solid slab of concrete that takes the place of the sleepers and
ballast. This system is used because of the limited clearance in the
tunnels and the need to ensure that the track does not move out of
Two more phases of work are needed to complete the entire track
Phase four sees the renewal of track between Birkenhead Park and
Hamilton Square. This is proposed to take place in February 2008
before the Capital of Culture celebrations begin in earnest, and
will only be for 10 days. Network Rail is investigating the
possibility of keeping the Wirral Lines open during the work.
The final phase will be the section of track between Moorfields and
Lime Street. Work is expected to take place in 2009, but no specific
dates have been proposed.