Early Christmas award for Mayor of Sefton’s Charity 2008
MERSEYTRAVEL Chair and Bootle
councillor Mark Dowd has presented £1,000 to the Mayor of Sefton’s
The presentation was made by Cllr Dowd to Mayor of Sefton Councillor
Paul Tweed at Bootle Town Hall.
The cash award comes following Merseytravel’s decision to hand out
any surplus money from tunnel overpayments made at the tolls to some
of the region’s most deserving charities.
All five Mayors in each of Merseyside’s district councils will
receive the same sum.
Cllr Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- “I was delighted
to make the presentation.
I know from speaking to Paul that,
as Mayor, his fund will be supporting a number of different charity
and voluntary organisations this year, all within Sefton, which is
In particular we hope this helps
many of the smaller organisations that sometimes find fund-raising
Every one of the district Mayor’s
charities deserves our support and all will receive the same amount
to support charities in their areas.”
Receiving the cheque from Councillor Dowd, Councillor Tweed, said:-
“I am very happy to receive this money from Merseytravel on
behalf of the fund.
The people of Sefton will benefit
directly from this money and I hope to support a number of very
deserving local groups who are working hard to make a difference.”
Some examples of groups that have been helped by the Mayor of
Sefton’s fund in previous years include playgroups, scout packs,
older people’s groups; groups for people with disabilities and
health problems, young people, animal welfare organisations, and
As well as the five Mayor’s charities, the surplus money from cash
overpayments made at the Tunnel booths is being donated to a range
of charities this year, including the BBC Radio Merseyside
Charitable Trust and Foxfield Special School, for pupils with severe
and complex learning difficulties, in Wirral.
Free Christmas Day transport
is offering a seasonal present of free bus services on Christmas Day
designed to help hospital staff and visitors. Councillor Mark
Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- "At this time of year it
is important that we think of those who are unfortunate enough to be
spending Christmas in hospital; as well as all those who are working
hard to support them. We hope this goes some way towards helping
families see their loved ones on Christmas Day.”
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel
added:- “We have been working closely with our operating
colleagues to ensure that there are services over the Christmas and
New Year period for the people who need them. The free Christmas Day
transport is our contribution to helping those people as best we
Free buses will operate a limited service on routes including 10A,
20A, 92A, 102, 201 and 212 in Liverpool, 110 and 118 in Wirral and
the 10A, 24X and 194/195 St Helens Circulars. First buses go from
around 12 noon and run until around 6pm.
Hospitals served include the Royal Liverpool, Liverpool Women’s,
Whiston, Walton, Alder Hey, St Helens, Broadgreen, Fazakerley,
Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park.
A limited network of bus services on all major corridors will also
run throughout the region on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, with
most services operating from around 10am.
As in previous years, Mersey Ferries will operate every day except
Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.
Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel will be closed from 10pm on Christmas
Eve, reopening at 6.30am on Boxing Day.
Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will operate normally throughout the
No train services will operate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On
New Years Day all City Line services will start later but run to a
normal service and the Wirral and Northern Lines will be operating a
Due to non-running Merseyrail trains, the Merseytravel ‘Soccerbus’
service will not be in service for the Liverpool home
tie against Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day.
Merseytravel’s Traveline – 0871 200 22 33 – will operate normally on
most days throughout the holiday period (7am to 8pm, Monday to
Friday and 8pm to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays), except:-
Christmas Eve (7am to
Christmas Day (closed)
Boxing Day (9am to 6pm)
New Year’s Eve (7am to 6pm)
New Year’s Day (8am to 8pm)
A booklet giving full
details of all bus, train and ferry services on Merseyside
throughout the Christmas and New Year period is available from local
timetable outlets, Travel Centres and from Merseytravel's head
office in Hatton Garden, Liverpool.
For more information please visit:-
Alternatively, people can ring Merseytravel’s Brochure Hotline on
0151 330 1066.