Free Christmas Day transport
is once again offering a seasonal present of free bus services on
Christmas Day, designed to help people visit their loved ones in
hospital or spend time with their friends and family.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel said:- “At this
time of year we should think of those who will be spending Christmas
in hospital, those who are working hard to support them and those
with no other means of transport.
We have provided this special service for more than 20 years and
even though money is tighter than ever this year, it is a service
that we are determined to provide and one, without which, we know it
would be very difficult for many people to see their loved ones on
Neil Scales, chief executive 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 supporting those people as best we can. And
this year, working in partnership with the bus operators, we have
managed to provide a more comprehensive service than in previous
years on Boxing Day and New Years Day.”
On Christmas day 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. Buses
will operate from around 12 noon until around 6pm.
Hospitals served include the Royal Liverpool, Liverpool Women’s,
Whiston, Walton, Alder Hey, St Helens, Broadgreen, Fazakerley,
Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park.
Please note that there will be no other services running on
Buses - A limited network of bus services on all major
corridors will run throughout the region on Boxing Day and New
Year’s Day, with most services operating between around 10am – 6pm
on both days. There will also be cross river links, various cross
river services will operate provided by Arriva and First, check for
Ferries - Mersey Ferries will operate every day except
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. On Christmas Eve there
will be a normal service until the last sailing which leaves
Liverpool at 5.15pm terminating at Seacombe at 5.25pm
Tunnels - The Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will operate
normally throughout the holiday period and Queensway (Birkenhead)
Tunnel will be closed in both directions from 10pm on Christmas Eve
until 6.30am on Boxing Day.
Trains - No train services will operate on Christmas Day and
Boxing Day. On New Years Day all City Line services will operate as
normal and Merseyrail’s Wirral and Northern Lines will be operating
on a Sunday service.
Soccerbus - Due to non-running Merseyrail trains, the
Merseytravel Soccerbus service will not operate on Boxing Day for
the Everton home tie against Birmingham but will operate normally on
all other matchdays throughout the festive period.
Tickets - Getting around Merseyside over the Christmas period
couldn’t be easier with a Saveaway ticket – pay once and use the
ticket all day to travel on most local bus and rail services in
Merseyside, on the Mersey Ferries and beyond the Merseyside boundary
(by rail only) to Chester, Ellesmere Port and Ormskirk.
Priced at Adult £3.30 and Child (5-15yrs) £1.90 for One Area and
£4.50 and £2.30 for All Areas, Saveaway tickets can be used Monday
to Friday any time except for journeys starting between 06.31am and
09.29am and any time Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Terms and
conditions apply, check for details.
Information - Full travel and ticketing details are available
Guide to public transport during the Christmas and New Year holiday
is available on the website or from the Brochure Hotline on 0151 330
1066 - or ring Traveline Merseyside:- 0871 200 22 33 for further
Traveline Merseyside will be open normally from 7am to 8pm on Mondays
to Fridays and from 8am to 8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank
holidays throughout the holiday, except for the following days:-
Friday, 24 December 2010:- 7am to 6pm
Saturday, 25 December
2010:- closed all day
Sunday, 26 December:-
9am to 6pm
Friday, 31 December
2010:- 10 to 6pm
Liverpool Philharmonic 2011 What’s On Guide revealed this week!
Philharmonic’s new brochure, announcing the exciting NEW listings
for the first part of 2011 is available this week. Featuring Katie
Melua – Russell Watson – The Saturdays – Rhod Gilbert – Stephen K
Amos – Andy Parsons – Iron & Wine – Sarah Millican – 10cc – The
Dubliners – G*Mania – Jacqui & Bridie’s last ever Folk Club plus the
return of an After 8 Series that champions artist such as Miles Hunt
and Michael Weston King… there really is something for everyone!
With a successful 2010 programme not yet over, Liverpool
Philharmonic has today revealed its line up for 2011. On offer is
another diverse line-up of talented artists and quality music of all
types from around the world with some top film and comedy shows too.
Bosses say that they are on course to welcome well over a quarter of
a million people to Liverpool Philharmonic in 2010 and the line up
announced for the New Year will get 2011 off to an equally
In the hard-to-miss bright orange-covered What’s On Guide released
today, are one of Britain's best female artists Kate Melua, ‘The
Voice’ Russell Watson, funny girl Sarah Millican and the nation’s
biggest girl-band of the moment The Saturdays. Liverpool
Philharmonic welcomes back Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag from BBC’s
Strictly Come Dancing, the fabulous Latin band Orquesta Buena Vista
Social Club, dance sensation Tango Fire, a charity concert for Help
For Heroes and, after last year’s sell out show, legends of
traditional jazz The Three B’s.
Developing the folk and roots theme, 2011 welcomes one of the top
selling indie artists in the US Iron & Wine, folk song-smith and
Grammy award winner (Best Traditional Folk Album ) Loudon Wainwright
III, in addition to Jacqui & Bridie's Folk Club 50th Year and Final
Night, which celebrates these local heroines in a fabulous
one-night-only line up of special guest singers and musicians
(including Jacqui herself) from the club's past and present.
2011 also brings a Liverpool Philharmonic debut for the real stars
of the film Brassed Off, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and welcomes
stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, Pop Stars
The Rivals, Grease Is The Word and Last Choir Standing to create
reality TV’s Ultimate Pop Group in G*Mania; a spectacular concert of
songs inspired by the smash hit TV phenomenon Glee.
The After 8s, a series of concerts in the smaller space at Liverpool
Philharmonic called the Rodewald Suite feature some of the most
cutting-edge folk, roots, jazz & blues artists on the scene. The
likes of Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls, Jim Moray, Troyka, Robert
Mitchell’s Panacea, the Gary Fletcher Band and many more will be
gracing the cabaret style venue with their innovative, genre-fusing
There’s a generous offering of award-winning comedians with the
likes of Mock The Week’s Andy Parsons, Sarah Millican, Stephen K
Amos and everyone’s favourite, angry Welshman, Rhod Gilbert.
With other highlights including the continuing Film Series featuring
new releases Another Year and The King’s Speech and a Valentine’s
Day Special showing of the Classic film Dirty Dancing… there’s a
wealth of compelling reasons to spend time at Liverpool
So why not get your hands on our new brochure and see what takes
your fancy… Pick yours up at Liverpool Philharmonic or go to their
website for full listings and details.
To purchase tickets please call Box Office on:- 0151 709 3789 or
MAN SHOT IN CROXTETH
MERSEYSIDE Police are
investigating after a 34 year old man was shot in Croxteth on
Tuesday, 30 November 2010.
Emergency services were called to
Invergarry Road just before 8pm yesterday to a report that a local
man had been shot and had collapsed in the street. On arrival
officers found a man with injuries believed to have been caused by a
shotgun. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance with multiple
pellet wounds to his back and head. He remains in a critical
condition in hospital. The area was cordoned off for forensic
examination, house-to-house enquiries are underway and hi-visibility
patrols have been stepped up in the area. Officers believe this was
a targeted attack although the motive is unclear at this time. A 48
year old man was arrested in connection with the incident. He
remains in police custody at this time.
Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone who may
have witnesses this incident or anyone with information is asked to
contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 5699 or Crimestoppers on:-
0800 555 111.