Bus Users UK
opposes plans to scrap Liverpool bus lanes
BUS Users UK has spoken out
against plans by Liverpool City Council to suspend all bus lanes in
the City from 21 October 2013. In a letter to the Mayor of
Liverpool, Deputy CEO of Bus Users UK, Stephen Morris said:-
"Good public transport is essential to the wellbeing of any major
City, in terms of the economy, social inclusion and the environment.
Dependence on cars leads to congestion and poor air quality and
cities where mobility is restricted simply die."
The bus lanes are being suspended because the Council believes many
of them simply don't work. According to Stephen Morris, however:-
"What is often overlooked is the number of people per hour that
are being transported through bus lanes. When that is taken into
account the allocation of road space to bus users is actually a very
effective way of transporting large numbers of people.
Bus passengers also make a substantial contribution to the
local economy and they access the local economy in a much more
efficient and environmentally friendly way."
Despite the widely recognised benefits of public transport, bus use
in the UK outside of London is in decline. Bus Users UK fears the
planned suspension of bus lanes in Liverpool will simply accelerate
that decline and increase the City's dependence on cars. "This
will have an adverse effect on Liverpool's economy and will achieve
the exact opposite of the stated pledge to make Liverpool a 'cleaner
and greener City'."
Bus Users UK, the voice of bus passengers, is an independent
not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve bus services across
the UK and get more people on board.
CAMERA BURGLARY - CHURCH STREET -
MERSEYSIDE Police are
appealing for information following a burglary at a house in
Southport on Thursday, 26 September 2013. Officers were called to
reports of a burglary on Church Street, Southport by the occupant of
the house at about 8am. The 65 year old victim was in his bedroom
when the offender forced entry to the property and stole a Nikon
D3200 camera (serial number 51028683) with 2 camera lens' (serial
numbers 6011968 and 2162081). The offender is described as a white
male with short hair. The offender quickly left the house when the
victim came out of his bedroom. Officers attended at the scene along
with Crime Scene Investigators who have carried out forensic
examinations. House to house inquiries have been carried out and
CCTV is being checked. Anyone with information is asked to contact
Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3014 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:-
0800 555 111.
– come along and have your say!
HOW do you get to where you
want to go to, when you want to get there?
Merseytravel's Autumn Customer Forums will take place over 14
October to 18 October 2013, giving people from across Merseyside the opportunity
to air their views on transport and the way they travel.
Each of the forums, held in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens
and Wirral between 1.30pm to 3.00pm, offer people the chance to meet
local Councillors, representatives from Merseytravel, and transport
operators including Arriva, Stagecoach, Northern Rail and Merseyrail.
The Forums aim to keep Merseytravel's customers at the forefront,
giving up to date information and travel advice, receiving
suggestions and feeding back on our progress.
Merseytravel Lead Member for Corporate and Social Responsibility,
Cllr Malcolm Sharp, said:- "Customer Forums are a great way
for us to get to know what people in the local community have to
say. We've already been able to act upon a number of requests
from previous Customer Forums and the October events will give us
the opportunity to feed back directly to those concerned and to
consider any new requests."
Customer Forums are free to attend and are open to anyone on
Merseyside who uses, or has an interest in transport across the
region. A full schedule of the Customer Forums will be posted on the
by sending an
to be held on these dates, at these locations:-
14 October 2013
No. 1 Mann Island.
|PO Box 1976 -
Liverpool - L69 3HN
15 October 2013
|Lord Street -
Southport - Merseyside - PR8 1AA
|142 Claughton Road -
Wirral - CH41 6EY
17 October 2013
Kirkby Leisure Centre
|Cherryfield Drive -
Kirkby - Merseyside -
18 October 2013
Peter Street Community Centre
|Peter Street -
St Helens - Merseyside - WA10 2EQ