aboard for historic anniversary
BUSES from bygone days will take passengers on trips across the
city of Liverpool as part of a special day of celebration – for the
40th anniversary of Merseyside’s Passenger Transport Executive
(PTE), Merseytravel. The Merseyside Transport Trust will join
Merseytravel on Sunday, 29 November 2009, to celebrate the landmark
anniversary of the PTE, which has been instrumental in the
development of transport across the region.
A collection of vintage buses will be on display in Liverpool, on
the plateau outside St Georges Hall between 11am and 3pm.
Members of the public can travel on some of the Trusts’ other
heritage vehicles, with special services around the city departing
from William Brown Street every half an hour between 12noon and
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, will have spent 50
years in the transport industry next year. And he has seen it all.
He said:- “If anyone would have said to me when I first joined
Merseytravel that one day I’d be celebrating 40 years of PTEs I’m
not sure I would have believed it! There again, when I first
started working in transport as a lad of 17 – if anyone would have
said I’d have 50 years in public transport – I don’t think I’d have
believed that either!
Merseyside PTE has achieved so much in the last 40 years and we want
to continue to do that. We hope people come along, enjoy the
day and take the opportunity to see a range of vehicles that span
those years. I think some of these buses might even be as old
as me! If we go back to the 1968 Transport Act, our Chief
Executive, Neil Scales, always mentions that Barbara Castle wanted
‘men of integrity and vision’ for transport , but Merseytravel got
stuck with me and him!
Barbara Castle also said that... ‘There are
great temptations to play safe…And it can be a very tricky thing
indeed. You need timing and you need judgement and you need
courage.' We have that here on Merseyside. People
of integrity and vision are needed in public transport – for the
people. It’s as simple as getting people from A to B and providing a
good service. That’s what continues to motivate me 50 years on.”
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel
added:- “We have one of the best rail services in the country
in Merseyrail, an underground loop line as busy as any in the
country, fantastic new rail stations and bus stations, two of
Europe’s safest tunnels, and a ferry service that is going from
strength to strength. That is something to be very proud of.
We’ve had the courage to go for what we wanted, and we’ll continue
to do that. All those years ago, Barbara was right. We need to keep
up the momentum to deliver more.”
Parents’ reality gap hides truth about kids exercise levels
are stuck in a worrying “reality gap” when it comes to their
children’s fitness levels, according to a new survey by the British
Heart Foundation (BHF). While 72% of parents the North West think
their children are “active enough”, 18% are doing the recommended
daily 60 minutes of physical activity.
The heart charity released the findings as it published its new
Couch Kids report, highlighting how physical activity is a crucial
component in tackling childhood obesity. Whilst the number of obese
children has risen since the mid-1990s there have been no major
changes in children’s physical activity levels over the last decade.
Currently around a 3rd of young people are overweight or obese.
Dr. Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF said:-
“Mums and dads need to take off the blinkers about how active
kids need to be in order to keep their hearts healthy. Kids
need to get moving more, yet we’ve been standing still for the last
decade. Children aren’t really any more active than they were 10
years ago. Parents have such an important role in helping and
encouraging their kids to be more active by building exercise into
their every day lives – whether that’s taking part in team sports,
playing outside with their friends or walking to school.”
This UK wide report pulls together research from a wealth of sources
to provide a clear picture of the level of childhood obesity, how
active children are, barriers that stop them, and makes
recommendations on tackling the problem.
Mike Knapton said:- “Local authorities need to feature public
health more strongly in transport, planning and education policies.
One example would be through recognising the importance of safe
cycling routes and making sure children have interesting places to
As a result the BHF is calling for urgent action to ensure children
can get fit and active easily with:-
► Consistent guidelines on recommended levels of physical activity
for all age groups.
► Schools maximising
the opportunities for children to take part in physical activity
during and around the school day
collection of data about physical activity levels across the UK by
local authorities, regional bodies and national governments.
For a full copy of the report go to bhf.org.uk/couchkids.