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Issue Date:- 10 November 2008

Christmas Cracker of a rail sale!

MERSEYTRAVEL are lining up a ‘cracker’ of a promotion in the run up to Christmas with a festive flat return fare on Merseyrail of just £1 to anywhere in Merseyside.

The aim of the deal is to set tills ringing in town centres across the region and bring Christmas cheer to thousands people. 

Tens of thousands of people took advantage of last year’s Christmas Cracker, which runs every Thursday evening (for late night shopping) in the six-week run up to Christmas; beginning on Thursday, 13 November 2008.

It also runs all day every Sunday during December until Christmas; from 7 December 2008.

Merseytravel’s annual Christmas gift to rail customers, now in its 14th year, also gives a seasonal boost to the region’s economy and helps reduce traffic congestion in urban centres.

Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- “We are trying to do our bit to support people through what are some difficult times in the economy. By offering cut price travel during the busy Christmas period we hope to encourage more visitors to our major centres.”

Councillor Chris Blakeley, Chair of Merseytravel’s Rail Services Committee, said:- “Merseyrail is an invaluable part of our transport network and we want to encourage more people to use rail travel for all of their journeys. We hope this helps them save them some money in some small way.”

Bart Schmeink, Managing Director of Merseyrail, added:- “We are keen to show the people of Merseyside and beyond that using the train to get to city and town centres is an excellent way to avoid traffic jams and parking problems. The Christmas Cracker promotion will hopefully encourage even more people to leave their cars behind and use Merseyrail to get to the shops.”

Tickets go on sale at Merseyrail stations from 4pm every Thursday (between 13 November and 18 December 2008), except at Liverpool city centre stations where they will go on sale from 6pm, as well as all day on Sundays in December until Christmas.

The offer is valid on Wirral, Northern and City Lines within the Merseyside boundary.

The £1 return flat fare extends to stations outside Merseyside as far as Chester, Ellesmere Port and Ormskirk. The offer means customers can travel from Southport to Chester and back for £1.

A total of 31 Merseyrail stations currently offer free park and ride facilities.

Attention Music lovers of Liverpool!!!

CLEAR your diaries for Friday, 21 November 2008 as the UK’s most ambitious music festival returns to Liverpool, Oxjam is back and better then ever and kicks off with the ‘Oxjam Launch Party’, with one the biggest and best line-ups to date.

Taking place in the soul-soaked indie hotspot Zanzibar, Seel St the night will showcase a whole array of the North West’s most talented bands, exploring the depths of Liverpool’s independent music scene. Headlining we have the animated, passionate and crowd rocking ’28 Costumes’, bringing what they know best to the stage, plus ‘The Sums’ who will perform what have been described as ‘strong, melodic tunes’ that are sure to amaze and excite any indie fanatic.

The night is also the official single launch for newly signed, Blackpool based garage/rock/psychedelic band- ‘The Medicine’, who have recently signed a record deal with indie label ‘Diffusion Records’. It will also be the start of their UK tour
which will go on into December.

Also taking to the stage are the incredibly talented, Fountains, the awesome three-piece combo, The Howls, the Brilliant Affection, the energetic and luxuriously harmonic Sparkwood&21 and new to the scene but proving they've got the talent, The Zeros

All proceeds from the events will go towards tackling poverty all over the world.  Supporting Oxjam helps people in the world’s most poverty stricken countries get an education, proper health care, fresh water, grow more food and earn a living.

And the night doesn’t end there… carrying on the party in The Lemon Lounge (above The Metropolitain, Berry Street) will be renown DJ’s Carl Dunne, Scott Lewis, Cler Lever, VanGello & Mills, and Grexun until the early hours!

So, whatever your taste in music, whether you want to re-live the summer festival season or check out the city’s newest and hottest talent- do your bit by getting involved to help end poverty!

Oxjam Launch Party: 8pm- Late. £6 entry/ £4 before 9pm.

After Party:- 11pm- 3am. £3 entry/ £1 with Zanzibar Stamp.

‘Oxjam; A music festival with a difference: you make it happen.’

Oxjam Launch Party @ The Zanzibar on Friday, 21 November 2008, 8pm - late. £6 entry/£4 before 9pm

The bands who are playing live on the night will be:- 28 Costumes; The Sums; The Medicine (Single Launch); The Howls; The Fountains; The Affection; Sparkwood 21; The Zeros

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