Who Drives Wins? Arriva
seeks the region's finest
TIME is running out to vote for
your:- 'Arriva Bus Champion,' a driver who you think is the most committed to
going above and beyond to you get you safely from A to B.
Arriva, which operates services across the UK, is giving you the chance to
nominate someone to scoop its national Bus Champion award.
This accolade is designed to recognise drivers who make a difference to
customers when they travel on Arriva buses, be it through their steadfast
reliability or just by adding a little sparkle to their passengers' day.
Whether it is their friendly manner, flawless driving or the fact they go
above and beyond the call of duty, Arriva wants the people who know best,
its customers, to nominate drivers that deserve to t have their dutiful
The 'Bus Champion – Driver of the Year' title forms part of Arriva's annual
'Made A Difference' (M.A.D) Awards campaign, a national recognition
programme which looks at all elements of the bus company, including;
engineering, depot management and back office functions.
The top regional drivers voted for by customers, will be celebrated during a
glittering ceremony on 21 April 2016, where the overall national champion
will be announced.
To vote for your Bus Champion please email
email@example.com with details of the driver, the
route, and reasons for your nomination, or alternatively visit the
website. The deadline for
submissions is 13 December 2015.
THE public is being asked to use
NHS hospital services responsibly ahead of a strike by junior doctors
planned for Tuesday, 1 December 2015.
It is the 1st in a series of three strikes junior doctors have planned in
their dispute with Government over a new contract.
Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
NHS Trust, said the Trust was working with nurses, doctors not affected by
the strike and other clinical staff on robust plans to ensure that
appropriate care is delivered. "With the exception of dermatology, ophthalmology and maxillo facial
care, many of the planned services our hospitals provide will be affected
and we are in touch with the patients concerned. Put
simply, our message to patients with appointments is: 'if you haven't heard
from us, we still want to see you on Tuesday'. Patients in need of emergency hospital care will
continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. In all cases
priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health
needs. A&E is for people facing life threatening and emergencies such as serious
accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.
Anyone who needs help in such circumstances should not hesitate in calling
999. There are other healthcare options available for less serious
situations; such as visiting your pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or
using the online NHS Choices
website." said Mr Gillies.
The 1st junior doctors' strike will last for 24 hours and start at 8am, on
Tuesday, 1 December 2015 and affect all hospital services except emergency care. 2 all out
strikes are planned for Tuesday, 8 December 2015 and then on Wednesday, 16 December
8am and 5pm.
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
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."
For further details of late night services visit:-
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
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."