Liverpool South Parkway takes off!
award-winning Liverpool South Parkway transport interchange is
hitting new heights. Latest figures show the station, which
links public transport with Liverpool John Lennon Airport, is being
used by more than 26,000 passengers a week – compared with a
combined total of around 10,000 a week at Garston and Allerton
stations which the interchange replaced.
There are to be more services linked to the national rail network
and bus operators Stagecoach have now extended their number 82
service – which used to run from Paradise Street to Garston – to
Liverpool South Parkway to cater for increased demand.
Les Burton, Operations Director for Stagecoach in the North West,
said:- ”The extension of this route is as a direct result of
the increasing popularity of Liverpool South Parkway.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- ”We are delighted with the performance of Liverpool
South Parkway, which has exceeded our forecasts. It is
particularly satisfying because the 150% increase in the number of
passengers shows we are attracting many more people onto the
network. This figure will continue to grow with even more
services linking up to the national rail network within the next 3
From December there will be additional train services calling at
Liverpool South Parkway each hour, one from Manchester Piccadilly
and the East Midlands and an additional service to and from
Birmingham. This will result in 9 trains every hour to
Liverpool (4 to Liverpool Central, 5 to Liverpool Lime Street); 3
trains per hour to Manchester and 2 to Crewe and Birmingham.
Discussions are continuing with train operating companies to bring
more services on line in the near future as timetables are set.
The sustainability elements of Liverpool South Parkway are also
continuing to reap rewards. Its giant rainwater harvesting system
saves some 700, 000 litres of mains water a year. The geo
thermal heat pumps have exceeded targets by saving more than 33
tonnes of CO2 a year; the enhanced roof insulation has saved 3.4
tonnes of CO2 and the solar photovoltaic cells on its south facing
windows have saved some 1.5 tonnes of CO2 by providing an
electricity supply to the building.
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majority of shopworkers face verbal abuse
shopworkers have suffered verbal abuse from customers in the past
year, according to the latest survey by shopworkers' union, Usdaw.
Contrary to popular belief, it's not just 'hoodies' who are
responsible for such anti-social behaviour. Usdaw, the shopworkers'
union, says that violence and abuse against shopworkers is often
caused by the most unlikely perpetrators.
The union is pressing the point to MPs as part of its Freedom From
Fear campaign, which seeks to highlight and curtail the frequent
abuse of shopworkers. At the launch in Westminster, MPs,
including Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, will be talking to Usdaw
members who have suffered violence, abuse and threats at the hands
of customers who, on appearance, may look quite respectable. The MPs
will also be looking at 5 life-size caricatures of shop customers
and trying to guess which ones were guilty of which offences.
Usdaw General Secretary, John Hannett, said:- "The issue of
abuse against shopworkers is a serious one. Our latest survey of
members shows that the majority (56%) of respondents were verbally
abused at sometime in the last 12 months, with 4% claiming they are
verbally abused on a daily basis. These figures are lower than
last year, thanks to our annual campaign. For example, many
customers who signed our petition last year to respect shopworkers
said that it would make them stop and think before 'sounding off',
so it seems that the message is hitting home. However, the incidents
of verbal abuse are still unacceptably high, with shopworkers never
being sure whether the next customer is going to kick off or be
offensive so it is important that we continue to highlight the
pressures they face on a daily basis.
Usdaw's 'Respect Week' will be taking place all over the country
from 3-7 November. The MPs will take back what they've learned to
events in their constituencies, and encourage local shoppers to sign
a Christmas card to shopworkers, pledging to show them due respect
over the stressful Christmas period."
Diabetes UK honours Southport, Formby and Ormskirk Voluntary Group
charity Diabetes UK today honoured Diabetes UK Southport, Formby and
Ormskirk Voluntary Group for its outstanding voluntary contribution
to people with diabetes. The group was awarded the Working With
Children and Young People Award, which was presented at the gala
dinner of the charity’s Volunteering Conference at the Hilton Leeds
The Southport, Formby and Ormskirk Voluntary Group reformed from
being a mainly fundraising organisation, to a group that supports
families, encourages healthy lifestyles and raises awareness of
diabetes and diabetes management. The group regularly organises fun
family-friendly events that can bring people together to talk about
and share their experiences. The group places particular emphasis on
supporting families with newly diagnosed children offering home
visits and telephone support. The group also acts as advocates and
has had success in addressing inpatient services.
Verity Steddon, Volunteer Development Manager at Diabetes UK said:-
“This award acknowledges the remarkable work of our
volunteers. The group’s voluntary work has made a real difference to
many people with diabetes. Much of the work that Diabetes UK does
could not happen without the support and efforts of our volunteers.
We are delighted to be able to recognize Southport, Formby and
Ormskirk’s achievements and commitment with this award.”
Lorraine Evans, Treasurer of Diabetes UK Southport, Formby and
Ormskirk Voluntary Group, said:- “Our group is delighted to
have been awarded this accolade as it celebrates the support given
by extraordinary people who just so happen to be the mums, dads and
families of a child with diabetes .”