What kind of future does Liverpool want?
WOULD you like
to be sprinting at 80?
Or zooming around in a self-driving car?
Would you like a robot to serve your breakfast?
Would you be happy
for computers at the supermarket to know what’s in your fridge?
Would you have a new heart grown from stem cells?
some of the questions that Liverpool’s citizens are being asked to
consider as part of sciencehorizons; the 1st ever mass public
engagement programme designed to get the nation talking about the
science and technology of the future
Throughout the next few months, groups of people across Merseyside
are being encouraged to join others around the UK, to hold
discussions in cafes, bars, staff canteens or at home. Using
specially designed packs (obtained from
that show how life in 2025 could differ from today, people will
grapple with questions such as:-
* Could sat-nav technology help people with dementia live
* Should robots have
* Would you drive a
car that monitors your driving and marks your licence accordingly?
The views generated by the discussions will be gathered together and
presented to UK government ministers in Autumn 2007, helping shape
future policy in these areas.
Getting involved is very easy – the discussion pack contains
everything needed to host a debate and are very visual, easy to
understand and enjoyable to use. They can be requested via the
website or by by
calling 020 8683 6602. You can also use
You do not need to be an expert to get involved, in fact no
knowledge of science is necessary.
Science and Innovation Minister, Malcolm Wicks said:- “What’s
important about sciencehorizons is that we’re inviting anyone and
everyone to get involved in the discussions, not only the
scientists. We want discussions about science to involve the whole
Over the coming decades, we’re going to have some
huge ethical debates about science as new discoveries are made and
new technologies emerge. We will all need to be part of making
informed decisions about how we develop and use scientific and
Science and technology is now an
intrinsic part of our daily lives and this will only increase in the
future. I hope sciencehorizons helps to spark lively debates on
these important issues.”
Traffic takes off at Liverpool South Parkway
numbers have been reaching for the skies since last year’s opening
of Liverpool South Parkway (LSP), one of Europe’s most modern
transport interchanges which is served by frequent and fast Central
Trains’ services. Latest figures show the number of Central
Trains’ passengers travelling to and from the interchange, which is
conveniently located for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, has grown by
23 per cent in just 5 months – from 3,471 in September 2006 to 4,271
in February 2007.
The boom in passenger numbers shows how popular the route between
the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Liverpool has become since the
opening of LSP in June 2006. The hourly service has helped
open up transport links between the West Midlands and North West,
and has underlined the success of the project. The success of
LSP and the recently launched route into and out of the North West
will also help with preparations for Liverpool’s role as European
Capital of Culture in 2008.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
added:- “The growth on this route in and out of LSP has been
fantastic. The service has opened up new markets and we hope to
continue to build on this success. LSP is not even one year old, and
this is just the start. Liverpool South Parkway is one of our
brightest success stories with around 5,000 passengers using it
every day – 50% more than we forecast at this stage – so we’re
delighted with the growth of services and the number of passengers.
It is important we continue to work with train operators in this way
to enhance services and create an integrated network accessible to
Central Trains’ Managing Director Steve Banaghan added:- “The
opening of Liverpool South Parkway presented a significant new
opportunity for our customers, and the increase in passenger numbers
speaks volumes for the quality and popularity of this important
The new route also adds to the number of airports that are served by
Central Trains, which is part of the National Express Group. Within
the network, passengers can use Central services to take flights
from Birmingham International Airport, London Stansted Airport and
now Liverpool John Lennon Airport. At the time of its opening,
Liverpool South Parkway was the most modern station in Europe,
completely integrating road and rail transport and with high
frequency bus services to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. A key
aspect of its innovative design is its sustainability and green
On this service, Liverpool South Parkway is 29 minutes from Crewe
and 92 minutes from Birmingham. A simple platform change at
LSP gives football supporters coming from Cheshire and the West
Midlands direct access to the home of Liverpool and Everton football
clubs. For commuters, Liverpool’s Lime Street Station is just
10 minutes from Liverpool South Parkway.