Wirral launch of
electronic Saveaway marks start of Merseytravel's 'Walrus'
smart ticketing scheme
PEOPLE on Wirral will be
the 1st to be able to buy an electronic Saveaway as it replaces the
scratch off ticket in the borough from Monday, 24 November 2014,
becoming the 1st product on the Walrus smartcard.
Smart Saveaways, which cover off peak day travel on bus, trains and
the Mersey Ferries, will be available at around 190 PayPoint outlets
in Wirral as well as the Birkenhead travel centre.
They will be loaded on to a free Walrus smartcard, which people will
be encouraged to keep safe and re-use every time they buy a Saveaway
as there will be a £1 activation charge for all new cards from April
The smart Saveaway is being rolled out in
1 borough 1st, so any
unforeseen issues can be identified and put right before they are made
available across the rest of Merseyside, by the end of March 2015.
Though the smart Saveaways are being launched in Wirral, travel will
not be restricted to within the borough.
There is no change to where
the Saveaways can be used as long as the right 1 is purchased to
cover the customer's area of travel.
On launch, smart Saveaways will be available for on the day travel
only, but the opportunity for customers to load multiple Saveaways
on the card for future use is being explored.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel
said:- "This is an
exciting milestone. This electronic Saveaway marks just the start of
our smart ticketing journey which will be focussed on giving public
transport users convenience, choice and flexibility in when and how
they purchase travel. We sold around three million Saveaways last
year so it's quite overwhelming to imagine that in just a few months
we could be one of the top regions outside London in terms of smart
ticketing transactions. We're currently working on a broader
ticketing strategy, with operators, which will set out what
Merseyside's smart ticketing future will look like and will guide
where we go next."
As not all current Saveaway retailers will have the facility to
retail smart Saveaways, there will be a phasing out of scratch off
Saveaway tickets at these outlets from the time the scheme is
introduced in each area.
Smart Saveaways will not be available from rail stations, but people
will still be able to purchase rail ticket style Saveaways.
A ticketing strategy is being developed to set out the focus and
next steps in Merseyside's smart ticketing journey. It follows a
ticketing review which has looked afresh at Merseytravel's suite of
ticketing products, many of which have been around for 30 years, to
ensure that ticketing options best meet the needs of the modern
traveller. This has included looking at the overall price structure
and zoning system.
For more information, including FAQs and the nearest place to buy
your smart Saveaway, visit:-
Christmas Craft Market will be in Crosby - very soon!!!
ON Saturday, 29 November
2014, St Faith's Christmas Craft Market will be held at the Church
Hall, on Crosby Road North, Crosby, Merseyside (L22 4QQ. The event
will have loads of stalls and also have 2 children's book author,
selling and signing books! Jessica Parish, from St. Helens, will be
signing her book:- "Pugalugs – The Beginning", a short
illustrated story about a little pug puppy called:- 'Pugalugs'.
Along with Jessica, the illustrator and author Helen Poole, who is
from Crosby, signing her book:– "Clara's Crazy Curls." 'Pugalugs'
himself (the actual dog the story was based on) will also be there!
Jessica told us in an email to us that:- "I am excited to
announce that Pugalugs has its very own stall at this year's St
Faiths Christmas Craft Market. I will be there to sign and
personalize every book sold, and Pugalugs will also be on hand to
'autograph' his very own book and 'shake paws' with all of his fans.
There will be a free slice of 'Pugalugs' cake available on a 1st
come 1st served basis. It's set to be a great event with plenty of
other hand-made crafts on sale, excellent for picking up a few early
stocking fillers! A massive thanks to Helen Poole, who has not only
created this fab flier, but is the illustrator and designer behind
the 'Pugalugs' series! She is a truly talented illustrator who has
captured the spirit of Pugalugs and brought his character to life.
Without her, the book would not have been possible. Helen will also
be running a stall on the day, signing copies of her own children's
book, 'Clara's Crazy Curls'; a delightful children's story which has
already sold in excess of 8000 copies! She will also be taking
orders for her amazing bespoke family illustrations which make a
lovely gift. Come along and get into the Christmas spirit and meet
the actual authors of 2 popular children's books." Please
here to get a copy
of the events flyer. If you can, please print it off and put it up
at your work place!
Ross Noble -
THE one and only Ross is
now showcasing his talent in various locations across the UK,
including his hometown, Newcastle and the legendary Hammersmith
Apollo. But for fans in Liverpool, the date to put in your book is
11 December 2014, when he will be on stage, live, at the Liverpool
Philharmonic! Following the debut of his critically acclaimed TV
show, Ross Noble Freewheeling (Dave), which has been commissioned
for a 2nd series and his 9th DVD release, so these tickets will be
in high demand. Ross' on-stage presence is like no other, using his
infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery, he is sure to have
audiences in fits of laughter. As one of the most successful cult
comedians of our time, Ross has established himself as a household
name. He has undertaken 14 sell out tours, 8 top selling stand-up
DVD releases, and ranked 10th in Channel 4's poll of the 100
Greatest Stand-Ups (2010). As well as appearing on stage Ross has
appeared on Have I Got News for You (BBC One), The Graham Norton
Show (BBC One) and QI (BBC One). Internationally renowned, Ross has
won fans and plaudits the world over, having completed 6 smash-hit
Australian tours, and performed as far afield as Singapore, Hong
Kong, Montreal and Budapest. For tickets for the Liverpool show
call:- 01517093789 or visit
ticketmaster.co.uk. Also to
keep uptodate with all the latest and for a full list of tour dates
tour still to be preformed...