support for City's events
SUPPORT for Liverpool's big
outdoor events has reached top gear thanks to the latest sponsor.
National Express has been appointed as the official coach company
for this summer's giant event Memories of August 1914 and the
Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).
As part of the agreement, coaches travelling across the country will
be emblazoned with banners advertising one of the events, promoting
them to hundreds of thousands of people.Along with the coach wrap, there will be a 6 week poster campaign
across 11 coach stations including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds,
Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield. There will also be an email to
around 900,000 National Express customers encouraging them to come
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "It's fantastic
news that such a well known and established brand as National
Express are one of our official partners for these two major events.
The advertising we will receive as a result of working together is
not only worth tens of thousands, but it also goes some way to
letting the rest of the country know about our unique offer in terms
We know that the return of the giants and LIMF are both generating a
buzz in the City, but it's great to be able to spread the message
wider and encourage visitors from outside of Liverpool to spend time
here and see for themselves how we excel when it comes to hosting
free, outdoor extravaganzas."
Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express said:- "We
are delighted to be associated with these 2 fantastic events taking
place in Liverpool this summer. Our coach network delivers
great value travel for people travelling to Liverpool from towns,
cities and airports across the UK and we look forward bringing many
visitors to enjoy what this great City has to offer."
Cleaner buses for Liverpool City
BUSES across the Liverpool
City Region are becoming cleaner and greener thanks to technology
being fitted to vehicles operating in areas identified for air
pollution reduction. The catalytic and fuel saving devices
will help to clean up emissions from older buses operating in and
around Merseyside, which currently experience poor air quality. 59
vehicles are due to be fitted with the equipment and those fitted so
far are already reporting reductions of around 75% in harmful Oxides
of Nitrogen and also reductions in the amount of smoke produced by
diesel bus exhausts, which can cause serious health problems.
Councillor Ron Abbey, Merseytravel Lead Member for Bus said:-
"Merseytravel is constantly working to improve the environmental
performance of public transport across Merseyside and these initial
results are very encouraging. We are confident that this initiative
will make a real contribution to our goal to reduce emissions from
transport and improve air quality, while encouraging people to leave
the car at home and use public transport wherever possible instead."
This work has been funded through a Liverpool City Region (LCR)
bid led by Merseytravel, which secured £818,520 for the upgrades.
The project will also help to stimulate jobs and growth in the North
West bus and environmental technology industries.
Open Day to mark
the 80th Anniversary of Queensway Tunnel
TO celebrate the 80th
Anniversary of the Queensway Tunnel, why not come along to an open
day on 19 July 2014, to find out what lies beneath the surface of this
iconic structure; an engineering feat of its time.
In July 1934, over 200,000 people gathered at the Old Haymarket to
watch King George V and Queen Mary officially open the 2.13 mile
Merseytravel is commemorating this milestone Anniversary with a
series of free activities at George's Dock building on Saturday, 19
July 2014, between 10am and 4pm, for the public to see the extent of what
goes on to keep the tunnels operating safely and efficiently.
A series of free tunnel tours will run during the open day. Guides
will take people around one of the ventilation stations, beneath the
City to see the tunnel road surface and visitors will also find out
how they are monitored 24/7. Places need to be booked in advance.
A small exhibition featuring old
memorabilia, photographs, original materials from the building of
the tunnel and old artefacts donated by members of the public will
be on display at George's Dock building, as well as a film showing
original footage of the tunnels.
The front entrance doors of
George's Dock building will be opened specially to allow people to
see down to one of the original giant fresh air fans which, weighing
a massive 25 tonnes, and generates enough fresh air in one minute to
fill 6 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Engineers will run a number of
talks through the day to explain how the control room works and how
they maintain heating, lighting and air quality for the tunnels.
Maintenance vehicles will also be on display outside the building.
Mersey Tunnels Police will be on
hand to talk about the work they do to ensure the safe operation of
the tunnels. They will also have their vehicle on display for
visitors to see, including the firefighting and emergency care
equipment they use when attending incidents.
Merseytravel's Chair Councillor Liam Robinson said:- "The open
day will give people a real taster of all the work that goes into
keeping the tunnel efficient and safe as a key transport route;
vital to the Liverpool City Region economy. Maintaining the tunnels
is a significant undertaking, not least because of age, and there is
so much work that goes on behind the scenes to keep them operating
effectively. We hope that as many people come along to the
event as possible and help us celebrate this key milestone date in
There are only a limited number of spaces left for free tunnel tours
on Saturday, 19 July 2014, running at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. Please note,
there are many steps to walk up and down during the tour and
therefore it is not suitable for anybody with breathing or walking
difficulties. Unfortunately, only children over 10 years of age are
allowed on the tour. The tours must be pre-booked, availability is
on a 1st come 1st served basis and places are limited to four
per group. To book email:-
email@example.com or contact 0151 330 4504.