Christmas Cracker of a rail sale
and Merseyrail 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.
The aim of the deal, operating on Northern and Wirral Merseyrail
Lines only this year, 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, 19
November 2009 and running to Christmas Eve.
It also runs all day every Sunday during December until Christmas –
from 6 December 2009 until 20 December 2009.
The annual Christmas gift to rail customers, now in its 15th 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:- “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 Wirral and Northern line stations
from 4pm every Thursday, 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.
This year the offer is only valid on Merseyrail’s Wirral and
The £1 return flat fare extends to stations as far as Southport,
Ormskirk, Kirkby, West Kirby, New Brighton, Ellesmere Port, Chester
and Liverpool city centre stations.
The offer means customers can travel from Southport to Chester and
back for just £1.
A total of 31 Merseyrail stations currently offer free park and ride
In addition to this deal, Merseyrail will be running their own
“Family for a Fiver” ticket deal on the Wirral and
Northern Lines only, starting Monday, 30 November 2009 and running
until Wednesday, 30 December 2009.
A return journey for two adults and up to three children will be £5
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 3pm.
Tickets are available from staffed stations only.
Any queries about the Family for Fiver deal should be directed to
Merseyrail Electrics Customer Care Team on:- 0151 702 2071.
Don’t miss Santa arriving this Sunday at Dobbies, Southport
World in Southport will welcome a special guest on Sunday, 22
November 2009, at 11.30am, when Santa makes his grand arrival to
take up residence in his Grotto until Christmas Eve.
He will descend from the skies, again by helicopter, before leading
a festive parade in a working fire engine. There will be a chance to
watch a magic show with Mr Stix, or visit the Christmas Zoo or climb
aboard the fire engine. With a live DJ to make sure everyone is in
the party spirit, Christmas carols from St Marks Primary School,
music from Marshside Brass Band and the Ladies Harmony Choir as well
as tasty festive treats, it promises to be a day out not to be
Santa will be in his Grotto every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and
every day the week through to Christmas Eve, with tickets costing £5
per child, early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
During December children will also be able to have breakfast or
supper with Santa, costing £9.95 per child, including a gift and
party style entertainment, advanced booking is necessary.
Mark Croughan, General Manager at Dobbies said:- “All the
staff here at Dobbies are looking forward to welcoming Santa to the
store this weekend, with some even getting dressed up to join in the
festivities. With so much entertainment on throughout the day, it
really will be a great day out for all the family.”
school extension officially unveiled
A showcase extension
to a primary school in Birkenhead, designed by leading architects
Race Cottam Associates, has been unveiled to staff and pupils.
The development to Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School
was officially opened by the Bishop of Shrewsbury. The contemporary
design, led by the Knutsford-based practice, has delivered
approximately 440 square metres of new teaching space, including
four new classrooms and a new entrance, as well as additional
supplementary areas to accommodate increased demand for places at an
already popular and successful school. Race Cottam were appointed to
deliver full design services by Davis Langdon, who project managed
the scheme on behalf of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.
head teacher of Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School,
said:- “We are absolutely thrilled with Race Cottam’s creative
and innovative designs which have added a fresh feel to the whole
school. The project has provided a high quality environment and has
helped both the children and staff to take even more pride in their
school.” Teaching spaces have been designed to
maximise the available natural daylight, thereby making them
inviting and stimulating for students. Simon Noblet, Race
Cottam’s regional director, said:- “The existing school is
sited on a constrained corner plot and it became obvious from an
early stage that the whole school needed a more holistic design
approach, looking carefully at circulation, flexible teaching areas
together with a fresh external image to a late 1950’s primary
school.” The Birkenhead scheme enhances Race Cottam’s
growing reputation for delivering high quality education projects,
following the recent completion of Sir Thomas Wharton Community
College in Doncaster and their continued work on the Bradford
Building Schools for the Future programme.