Merseytravel Customer Forums
Customer Forums will be held across the region from 15 October to 20
October 2012, giving people from across Merseyside the opportunity to air
their views on public transport.
Each of the forums, held in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens
and Wirral, offer people the chance to meet local Councillors,
representatives from Merseytravel, The British Transport Police and
transport operators including Arriva, Stagecoach, Northern Rail and
Merseyrail. There will also be 'Travel Surgeries' at
each event, offering 1 to 1 advice and information.
Merseytravel Chair, Councillor Liam Robinson, said:- "We
had a great response when we launched the Customer Forums earlier
this year and we expect interest to build over the coming months.
We've already been able to act upon a number of requests we got from
the first round of Customer Forums and this month's forums will give
us the opportunity to feed back directly to those concerned."
An example of what's been achieved since the first Customer Forums
is the involvement of a number of customers in testing our new
website (due to go live in this month) meaning any comments made
have been used to ensure the
website is fit for purpose prior to
Iain M Banks
will be in Liverpool Town Hall on Friday!
ON Friday, 12 October 2012,
at Liverpool Town Hall, the UK's Number 1 Sci-Fi Author, Iain M
Banks will be signing books and more... This is his 25 years of
'The Culture', and a once in a life time chance for you
to get a personally signed copy of his latest book called:-
'The Hydrogen Sonata'. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool will be
in attendance and this promises to be a huge treat for all Sci-Fi
fans... Literally awesome! Tickets are Only £5 from
formbybooks.co.uk or via
calling 01704 830 130. The event starts at 7pm.
vessel to be laid up
1 of the 3 Mersey Ferries
vessels is to be taken out of service from next January. The
Royal Daffodil has been named as the vessel to be laid up, as
Ferries operators Merseytravel tailor the world-famous service to
meet current demand and operating conditions.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said, after the Tunnels,
Ferries and Visitor Economy Committee made its recommendation:-
"The decision to take one vessel out of service will not
materially affect the Mersey Ferries service to the public; and it
certainly doesn't signify any threat to this operation.
We recognise the place the Ferries hold in Merseyside lore and
culture, and that they are an essential part of our heritage. We are
committed to keeping them in operation.
But we also have to recognise that times have changed. Passenger
numbers have fallen, to around 650,000 annually, and an operating
deficit of £1million per annum cannot be sustained.
Also, vessels are more reliable now and we know we can operate an
almost unchanged service with 2 vessels." Ferries staff have been consulted about the proposal, and detailed
talks are taking place around crewing and hours, to achieve the most
suitable work patterns. Any decisions that affect the workforce will
be made in agreement with the unions, and redundancies are not
Talks are also taking place about an agreement for the surplus
vessel to be loaned to a local museum or trust, with the option for
it to be called back into service if necessary.
Cllr Robinson added:- "We are actively looking at other ways
of reducing Ferries costs overall, as well as disposing of one
vessel, to cut the operating deficit. Reducing the number of vessels
is just one part of the process. The Ferries offer an
excellent service for the people of the City region; and are a great
draw for tourists from all over the world. Greater use of this
service by tourists and local people alike will ensure a secure
future for an attraction which is synonymous with Merseyside. We are
totally committed to keeping the Ferries on the river."
Fashion Week 2012, are you going?
THE Liverpool Fashion Week
runs from 15 October to 20 October 2012 at a variety of locations
throughout the City Centre. The event is in its 4th year the event
is all about real glamour and style and as Amanda Moss, who set up
the showcase told the press earlier in 2012 "extreme glamour"
that has been made famous by the TV shows like the Desperate
Scousewives "would not be welcome on this year's catwalk."
This year's event has many high street names and fashion chains
mixing with local fashion designers to deliver what really is
"Scouse Style." So what we would like to know before the
event starts is what do you are readers think is in or out this
year. Send us a photograph of your selves in your best outfit and a
description of that it is you have on, and then we will add them to
Facebook and let our Facebook followers choose a winner! Also if
you have not got your ticket for any of this year's fashion shows,
more information! To get your photo on our Facebook Page email us to
email@example.com, please note that you must
have the copyright to it and by sending it to us you agree for us to
use it and that you have the copyright to the image. also you must
be 18 or over. No nudes, swimwear or unaware photos! Cut off for
this is 17 October 2012. We will put the best up on Facebook for the
following week. Good luck and show us your "Scouse Style."
Young Women take
note... FREE course!
WACA Recreation Centre, on
Meadow Lane, Woodvale (PR8 3RS), are offering a FREE course,
called:- "Staying Safe - Self Defence for Young Women"
that will be based on awareness, avoidance and appropriate action.
In addition to self-defence techniques there will be discussions
around things like:- how to manage difficult situations, drugs and
alcohol awareness, developing assertive techniques, staying safe,
and confidence building. Working in partnership with our Martial
Arts Club, youth worker and a local retired police officer we aim to
empower young women with the knowledge that they can and should look
after themselves at all times. Our Instructors are qualified & have
Enhanced CRB's Participants, who attend all sessions, will be
required to complete compulsory evidence in order to gain the ASDAN
short course Activities Award Accreditation. Certificates of
attendance will also be given. The course is open to young women who
are aged 13 to 19, who are Sefton residents. No special outfit is
required, just wear loose clothing (eg. tracksuit bottoms and a
T-shirt). Changing facilities and showers are available in the
Recreation Centre. Places are limited. For further information, to
register your interest and book your place, please contact WACA
staff ASAP at Woodvale Community Centre. (Contact details as above)
The 6 week course starts on 30 October 2012, at the WACA Recreation
Centre and runs every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.45pm.
(Please note:- This is the last