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Issue:- 4 July 2013


ARRIVA North West has been commended for its commitment to improving environmental standards in passenger transport by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics North West at its annual awards for Education and Excellence.

Held in association with Peel Ports Group and CAST UK, the awards, now in their 5th year, celebrate educational and commercial excellence in freight and passenger transport across the North West region.

Arriva North West clinched the prize for Environmental Improvement in Passenger Transport having displayed outstanding results in reducing its carbon emissions and improving sustainability across its operations.

John Rimmer, Area Managing Director for Arriva North West, commented:- "As one of the largest bus companies in the North West, we are committed to leading the way when it comes to using technology to provide solid benefits to our customers and the environment. This year has been significant for us in terms of delivering on this commitment as we have been able to invest heavily in bolstering our fleet with a number of cleaner energy gas buses and hybrid vehicles, which offer us the ideal solution to the environmental challenges we face as a transport provider in the 21st century. To be recognised for this work alongside our peers and contemporaries in the North West is a great testament to the successes we have enjoyed since launching our new vehicles, and we are extremely honoured to have been presented with this award."

The carbon neutral gas buses, which are powered by gas produced by household waste, and the new Volvo hybrid buses all form part of a group wide campaign by Arriva to introduce more than £26.7m of new low carbon emission buses to its UK fleet. Arriva is funding £22.2m of the investment with the remainder provided by the Green Bus Fund.

Gavin Shannon FCILT, Logistics Director at Kammac plc and chairman of NW Region of CILT(UK) said:- "The North West has a vibrant professional logistics and transport industry, and we are delighted to be able to recognise some of the outstanding people and companies who work here. This is the first year that passenger transport has been included, and with Arriva North West, we have a very worthy winner."

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MERSEYSIDE Police are now investigating into why a 24 year old man presented himself at a Liverpool hospital, on Tuesday, 2 July 2013, with firearm injuries. Officers from the force were called the hospital just after 8pm to a report a man had presented himself at to staff with injuries to his abdomen and arm consistent with a firearms discharge. According to the Police his injuries where not life threatening at this time and he remains in a stable condition in hospital. Prior to this at about 7.50pm a report was received of shots being fired on Poulsom Drive, Netherton, and a short time later a white Renault Laguna was found abandoned on Ford View in Bootle. Both scenes have been examined and house to house enquiries have been underway. CCTV footage is being sought by the Police as well. Detectives are in the process of investigating to see if all 3 incidents are linked. An investigation into the full circumstances of these incidents is underway. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 567 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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