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Issue:- Saturday, 28 November 2015

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Merseytravel and transport operators offer Late night services start this weekend

PEOPLE getting out and about during the festive period will have more choice about how and when to travel after Merseytravel's work with bus and rail operators to provide a greater range of services this year.

The services have started, with Saturday late night bus services from 28 November 2015.

Late night buses will run on 28 November, 5 December 2015, as well as on 12 December, and 19 December 2015, between midnight and 4.30am, from Liverpool City Centre to Allerton, Chester, Croxteth, Garston, Page Moss and Waterloo.

Late night trains will run on 11 December, 12 December, 18 December and 19 December 2015, from Liverpool Central Station to Hooton and Southport. Each train will leave Liverpool Central Station at 1.30am. The Hooton train will call at Birkenhead Central, Bebington, Bromborough and Hooton only. The Southport train will call at:- Waterloo, Formby and Southport only.

On Christmas Day free buses will operate on routes serving hospitals across Merseyside from around 12 noon until around 6pm.

On Boxing Day Merseyrail trains will run every thirty minutes from 9am until around 6.30pm, calling at selected stations on the network; limited bus services will operate, and for football fans the Soccerbus will run, linking with trains calling at Sandhills.

All of these services are part of a wider initiative between Merseytravel and transport operators to provide more choice during the Christmas period and support the local economy. The late night services will be delivered in partnership with Merseyside Police and British Transport Police.

Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- "This is the Liverpool City region really doing something differently. We are one of very few authorities to provide a Christmas Day bus service and now we can add Boxing Day train services to that. The late night train and bus services before Christmas give people more travel options too. We would encourage people to plan their journeys and really take advantage of as many of these services as possible."

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Over a 10th of people in the North West have no close friends

CHRISTMAS is typically a time spent with friends and family. However, a heart breaking 12% of the North West claims to have no close friends according to a new survey conducted by crafting company Stampin' Up! UK. The survey asked respondents to state how many close friends they had and whether the frequency with which they meet up with friends increased, decreased or stayed the same over the last 5 years.  The results reveal 45% in the North West have 1 to 3 close friends while 35% felt time spent time with friends is decreasing. Interestingly when breaking the results down by age category in the UK as a whole, the number of people who have no close friends jumps from 1% (18 to 24) to 15% (55 to 64).  Whether it's a case of job demands, bereavement, or digital lifestyle choices reducing face to face contact, several campaign groups have highlighted the health implications of social isolation. Research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Paula Gorry, UK Business Development Manager, Stampin' Up! UK, comments:- "As Christmas is just around the corner, it's very dispiriting to find so many people in social isolation. However, there are a range of options available to tackle loneliness with hobbies such as crafting being a great example. With making being the new baking the UK has a sizeable crafting community. It's a very sociable and inclusive activity, so whether you're a new or experienced crafter it offers the perfect excuse to have a get together paving the way for lasting friendships."

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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