Local Rail Campaign
OVER 60 MP’s
now back SELRAP’s Campaign to re-open the Colne – Skipton line as
part of the National Rail Network. We now have the support of
61 MP’s from all parties including Southport MP Dr John Pugh, 18
MEPs (including 8 out of 9 North West MEP’s) and many other public
bodies and individuals.
‘‘I am happy to
support any drive to re-open the Skipton-Colne railway line and
believe, in fact, the National Rail Network needs to be extended in
order to deal with the major capacity problems it currently
suffers.’ Said Dr John Pugh MP (Southport).
The closure should never have happened. Restoration will open up so
many travel opportunities, not only for the residents of Skipton and
East Lancashire but for the Yorkshire & Humberside and North West
Regions. It will improve employment and leisure options especially
for those who have no access to a car or who would prefer not to
drive. It will give Southport rail access to the Yorkshire and the
Yorkshire Dales National park via Preston.
Just 11.5 miles of missing railway separate two of our regions.
SELRAP also supports
the re-opening of the Burscough curve.
understand the importance of rail to opening up social, cultural and
economic opportunities for communities that would otherwise be
isolated. There are many similar rail projects, including one in my
own constituency,that will be hoping for a successful outcome to
this campaign." Rosie Cooper MP (West Lancashire)
"I will support your campaign and do anything I can to assist" - Neil Turner (Wigan)
"I am in strong agreement with the objective of your campaign
and very happy to add my support." - Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool
"Such a move would significantly improve employment and
leisure opportunities, not only in the immediate vicinity, but much
further afield as well. The campaign has my full support." - Gary Titley MEP (North West)
"I am on the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European
Parliament …I would be delighted to become a Patron" - Den Dover MEP (North West)
"If we are to meet the challenges of congestion, pollution and
global warming then we must ensure that public transport is made a
priority. I therefore write this letter of support to re-connect the
railway from Colne to Skipton as part of the National Rail Network
as soon as possible. This would provide not only a better rail
service trans-Pennine but for the wider North West region as a
whole." - Arlene McCarthy MEP (North West)
You can find more information on our website,
LOOK OUT Arnie, Mr T and Geoff
Capes, a group of special OAP’s - Outstandingly Active Pensioners -
are about to show you how it’s done! The world of fitness in
Liverpool is welcoming an assembly of gym trainers with a difference
- they are all at least 70 years young!
The council’s Lifestyles fitness centres has teamed up with
Liverpool’s primary care trust (PCT) to work with a group of older
people on a unique fitness programme. After intensive
training, the super senior-citizens are now qualified gym trainers
and are ready to encourage and help hundreds of older people get as
fit as a fiddle.
It’s all part of an Active Ageing initiative which is a partnership
between the PCT and the city council aimed at keeping older people
active for longer, promoting their health and well-being and helping
them live independently.
Council leader Warren Bradley said:- “The latest additions to
our fitness team are a real credit to Liverpool and they prove the
saying ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. We want
everyone in Liverpool to be fit and healthy from toddlers to great
grandparents. Our senior gym coaches will play a massive part in
encouraging people over 50 to build exercise into their daily
The trainers are now so fit and healthy that they aim to hearten
other older people to get fit and confident. In a partnership
between St Julies High School and the PCT, children are taking part
in tai chi and dance fitness sessions with older people as part of
their school curriculum.
Lead nurse for older people and founder of the service, Diane
Brennan said:- “We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of older
people who have thrown themselves into this programme. The
feedback received from the pensioners involved in the Active Ageing
programme has been outstanding, with many people saying it has
changed their lives, helped reduce their blood pressure and their
dependence on medicines. Some of our participants have even
been able to stop using oxygen tanks because they feel so much
stronger. We are really looking forward to our older people
teaming up with the children and working together to help bridge the
generation gap and understand more about each other. This is
the 1st accredited intergenerational project of its type in the
As well as training older people to become gym instructors, the
Active Ageing service also includes activities such as Tai Chi,
music therapy and dance classes. Nurses encourage older people
to sign up for the programme, during home visits. The programme
currently runs in south Liverpool, but there are plans to roll it
out to the whole of the city.
"Stars of the Future"
THE "Stars of the Future" Junior
Badminton Tournaments will be taking place at the following venues:-
Robin Park Wigan Saturday 2 June 2007, 10am to 5pm, entries close 26 May
Cheadle Hulme SC Saturday 9 June 2007, 11am to 5pm entries close 1 June
Entry fee is £5, per player, per event. For an entry form or
more details, please contact Barbara at
ring/text 07900 275363 ASAP as places will be limited. We are also looking for new players for
our group. Girls and boys, aged between 7 and 19, any standard, who
do not play for the county, are welcome.