marks for learning
has won another award in recognition of its education programme for
staff - a “GO” excellence award from the Government’s Department for
Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Presenting the award at a ceremony in the Plaisterers’ Hall, London,
Lord Tony Young, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills
and Apprenticeships said:- “In the current economic climate
it’s more important than ever to deliver high-quality public
services and have skilled workers in place so that we can take
advantage when the upturn comes.”
The citation for the award said that Merseytravel has a track record
in investing in improving skills for life. Through its
pioneering learning arm Merseylearn, Merseytravel has ensured the
development and maintenance of a consistent positive ethos of
learning throughout the organisation.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “We’re delighted with this further recognition of our
efforts in our Skills for Life programme which has been of
tremendous benefit to both our staff and our organisation.
Since we introduced our own learning programme 5 years ago there has
been a marked increase in motivation and morale, fewer days lost
through sickness and a 10% reduction in grievances and complaints.
We’ve also got a lower turnover of staff than any other comparable
transport authority in the country with a turnover of only 4%.”
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES - SEXUAL ASSAULT - CALDERSTONES PARK, ALLERTON,
Police are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault on a
woman in Calderstones Park, Allerton, on the morning of Saturday, 11 April
At around 8.20am a 58 year old woman was walking her dogs in Calderstone Park when she was approached by a man.
talking to her he pinned her to the ground, punched her, sexually
assaulted her then ran away in the direction of Allerton Road.
The offender is described as white, in his early 30's, around 5ft
6in tall, of slim build with short brown hair. He was wearing a blue
bomber jacket and a reddish brown checked shirt.
Detective Inspector Peter Cain said:- "This was a disturbing
incident which has left the victim feeling very upset.
I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing
everything we can to find this man and patrols have been stepped up
in the area.
I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Queensway tunnel anniversary walks
THIS year the
Queensway tunnel, one of the two tunnels that link Liverpool with
Wirral under the River Mersey, is getting ready to celebrate its
75th anniversary. The 3.24km tunnel was opened by King George V in
July 1934 and is now a major route for the City's traffic. This year
already has seen massive interest in the walk through the 2 mile
tunnel, in fact so many have asked to do the walk that 5 separate
walk through processions will now take place on 19 July 2009. Also
the event organisers said the day would be the last chance to walk
through the tunnel for years, so that has added to the demand. It is
planned that the event will be hosted by Liverpool's TV personality,
Keith Chegwin and will include a programme of family entertainment
as well as a trip back over the river on a Mersey ferry. not only
that but we also plan to have a vintage car rally, carnival rides,
musical entertainment and dramatic circus displays.
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said that:-
"This is the legacy of a special event held last year to celebrate
European Capital of Culture. This year we are planning something
special to celebrate a milestone in the history of the tunnel and
all proceeds from the event will be donated our 2009 worthy
corporate charity, Claire House. So why not get together with your
friends and family and form a team event for charity? You could even
wear fancy dress. As this is an historic part of Liverpool's and the
Wirral's identity and at its time of being built, it was the largest
underwater road tunnel in the world. Seventy five years on it is
still an amazing feat of engineering and this will be your chance to
see it up close. We hope that we can bringing some of that history
back to life."
Walks are timed at 1030, 1115, 1200, 1245 or 1330 BST, with single
tickets costing £5 and family tickets at £15.
If you require further information about the event, call the
information line on 0151 330 1702.
here to download a
here to book your tickets
Special offer for all participants
- Make sure that you keep hold of your Under and Over
the Mersey wristband as it will give you 2-4-1 entry at Spaceport
the U-boat Story and on the Tunnel Tours until 16 August 2009.
2 for 1 entry at Spaceport & U-boat Story on presentation of Under &
Over The Mersey Event wristband.
Offer valid until 16 August 2009.
One free admission per wristband.
Offer applies to individual attraction and joint Mersey Ferry River
Explorer Cruise/attraction tickets
If you buy one full priced adult or concession ticket you will get
one free admission.
Not to be used with any other offer or promotion including family