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Tramway and Light Railway Society to look at the construction and development of
Merseyrail's Link and Loop Line
Photograph by John Ryan.
ON Monday, 16 January, 2017, the local Tramway and
Light Railway Society Merseyside Branch will be holding it's 1st meeting of the
New Year, at The Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool, L17 1AG,
With all the work going on, on Merseyrail's Wirral Line, the
group have chosen the topic of the talk to be, The construction and development
of Merseyrail's Link and Loop Line, 1971 to 1979. This fascinating bit of local
history will be talked through by John Ryan, who also took this photo of the
original workings, within the Merseyrail Tunnel, very near James Street Station.
John was BR Liaison Engineer for the Electrification of Merseyrail's upgraded of
the Underground Railway System, during the 1970's. In the talk he relates the
story of this huge engineering feat that was carried out beneath the City's
streets throughout the 1970's whilst most of the City, directly above, went
about its daily business blissfully unaware of what was going on beneath our
The evening presents a rare opportunity for you to see an illustrated tale of
civil engineering, railway style, at its best by this popular local speaker.
Admission £2 per head includes refreshments and we are told that everyone is
welcome to attend this event.
Photography competition for local Crosby school
children announced, with £50 1st prize!
CROSBY Camera Club has announced a junior photography
competition with the chance to win a 1st prize of £50.
The competition, which is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Crosby, is open to
children and young adults living in the Crosby, Waterloo and Thornton area, aged
between 7 and 17 years old.
The subject of the competition is 'My Crosby' and entrants are
free to interpret this theme in any way they choose.
Crosby Camera Club has already enlisted the support of 16 local schools to
encourage their pupils to enter the competition by taking a photograph and
entering it as a 7x5 inch print.
Margaret Quayle, chair of Crosby Camera Club, said:- "We're pleased to be
able to join forces with Crosby Rotary Club and run this competition to find the
talented young artists in our community. With so many of us owning a camera or
camera phone it's important that we encourage young people to get creative when
taking photographs. We're used to seeing photographs on a screen, but our
competition encourages children to make a print, something physical they can
hold in their hand, and enter that for others to appreciate."
To enter, children will need a flyer containing the competition rules and
details which they can obtain from their school or from 'Tilly Mints' on Cooks Road, Crosby, or 'County Gallery Framing' on College
Then return the print and the flyer with the child's name, address, age and
school on the back to wherever they got the flyer from, with only 1 entry per
There are 2 separate categories for juniors, aged 7 to 11, and young adults,
aged 12 to 17.
The winners of each category will receive a prize of £50 plus a trophy, and
certificates will be awarded to the runners up at a presentation evening, on
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, at St Luke's Church, Crosby, at 7pm.
Prints must be entered by 3 March 2017 and further details are available from
Crosby Camera Club's
Free online skills session being held in Southport for
people with sight loss
A free online basic skills session is being held in
Southport, on 11 January 2017, to help blind and partially sighted people get
online and take their first steps in using technology. Sight loss charity RNIB
(Royal National Institute of Blind People) has been holding workshops across the
UK to support people living with sensory loss in getting online as part of its
ambitious Online Today project.
Partner organisation Action for Blind People will be holding
the workshop at:- Galloways Society for the Blind, 22 Wright Street, Southport,
PR9 0TL. The session will take place, on Wednesday, 11 January 2017, between
2.30pm and 4.30pm. The session will be hands on, including interactive
demonstrations of how to get the most from products such as tablets, smartphones
and eReaders. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, RNIB's Online Today project
aims to help 125,000 people living with sensory loss to get online, enabling
them to use the internet for everyday tasks such as shopping, banking and
staying in touch with friends and family.
Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Action
for Blind People, said:- "Access to the internet and technology can open
up a whole new world for people, but knowing where to start isn't always easy if
you've got sight or hearing problems. Our Online Today sessions are the perfect
introduction, providing the basic skills and confidence to get online and
explore all that is on offer. If you're living with sight loss and are keen to
take your 1st steps in using technology, sign up for the session, on 11 January
2017 and find out the difference getting online could make to you."
To find out more and to book your place at the Southport session, please call
the Galloways Society for the Blind on:- 01704 534555. You can also learn
more about Online Today, online at:-
Transport leaders thank customers
CUSTOMERS are being thanked by transport leaders who
say it's so far, so good with thousands of passengers making cross river
journeys this week as the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal works get underway. On
the 1st day back for many commuters, saw the start of alternative transport
arrangements put in place for the works. Monitoring reports from transport
operators for the 1st 3 days show that the majority of services are running as
expected with cross river journey times at predicted levels.
Merseyrail's express rail replacement service has been developed to support rail
passenger journeys. This week has provided an opportunity to act on valuable
feedback from customers with some additional, positive fine tuning of the
service ahead of Monday when more people are expected to return to work
following the holiday period.
Cross river bus and ferry services are also being monitored closely to ensure
they continue to provide a high quality service and that capacity is available
for existing and new passengers.
Transport providers will continue to work closely together throughout the
programme to monitor and manage the transport network, ensuring that the
Liverpool City Region is kept moving.
Said Frank Rogers, Merseytravel's Interim Chief Executive:- "It's a big
thank you to the travelling public as early indications, based on monitoring
figures, show that people have taken into account the travel advice provided and
have planned ahead and revised their journeys where necessary. We know its early
days and not everyone has returned to work yet, but our key message is if people
continue to use public transport we are confident we can accommodate those
returning next week and keep people moving for the duration of the works. We
know there will be some challenging days, caused by a variety of circumstances,
including poor weather, but we will continue to monitor services and do
everything we can to keep people moving."
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, added:- "The
1st week has got off to a good start with rail replacement buses working well,
and journey times in line with the schedules we have published. The coming week
will be busier, so we encourage people to plan their journey in advance, and
allow extra time for travel. We welcome the comments we have received from
passengers after the 1st week, and these have provided useful pointers for fine
tuning the arrangements."
Martin Bell Network Rail Project Manager said:- "Since Tuesday, we have
been installing the lighting, communications and ventilation systems required to
work in the tunnels safely. After the 1st week work is progressing well and is
on schedule. Everyone who travels in the City Region, either on the train, bus,
ferry or in a car, is encouraged to plan their journey."
► Don't take the car, use public transport: The Mersey Tunnels and surrounding
routes can accommodate additional buses, but they will not be able to cope with
an increase in cars, especially at peak times. Congestion will increase journey
times for everyone. If you have to use the car, try and travel outside peak
► Avoid travelling at peak times where possible: If you work, speak to your
employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or times you
could avoid travelling altogether. If you can, you may want to leave work later
and make the most of restaurants, shops and other leisure activities on whatever
side of the river you're travelling home from.
► Leave more time for your journey: Whether you travel cross river, within the
rail network in Wirral, or usually make use of the underground rail 'loop'
to get around the City Centre, you will need more time for your journey to take
account of the changes.
► Consider your options: Different ways of travelling may suit your needs
depending on where you need to go and at what time.
Details of the transport options are available
► Rail replacement buses: High quality 'express' buses ready to 'fill and go' at peak times will run directly from Birkenhead Central
and Birkenhead North to Moorfields and St George's Hall, with return buses at
least every 15 minutes. There will be additional services to ensure people can
still catch early morning mainline trains. People who would normally use loop
services (trains between James St, Moorfields, Lime St and Central) can use
their rail tickets on the 10A bus to travel around the 'loop'.
► Buses: There are 14 existing cross river bus services that run between Wirral
/ Chester and Liverpool. Services will be strengthened to accommodate existing
and new customers.
► Mersey Ferries: Offers a frequent cross river commuter service between
Seacombe and Pier Head in peak times, with three services an hour, a journey
time of 10mins each way and free parking for 370 cars at Seacombe. Cross river
Merseyrail tickets / passes will be able to be used throughout the disruption.
Ferries will be an option for cyclists as cycles can't be carried on rail
replacement buses. A limited bike bus service will be available.
► Special arrangements will be in place for people with disabilities with staff
on hand to help.
Phases of the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal
► Phase 1 - Tuesday, 3 January 2017 to Sunday, 12 February 2017
For 6 weeks all Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North
and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Wirral and
► Phase 2 - Monday, 13 February 2017 to Monday, 29 May 2017
For 15 weeks, all Wirral line trains will start and terminate at James Street
station from Monday to Friday. At weekends, all services will start and
terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central Stations. Rail replacement
buses will run between Wirral and Liverpool stations.
► Phase 3 - Tuesday, 30 May 2017 to Sunday, 18 June 2017
For 20 days, all Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North
and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Wirral and
Liverpool stations. Did you know?
Network Rail will be replacing the most challenging sections of concrete based
track in the 'loop' – originally laid in the 1970's, while making
the most of the opportunity to carry out other work, including replacing
conventional track under the riverbed.
Network Rail, Merseyrail and Merseytravel, have been working over many months,
with local authorities, operators and other partners, to come up with a plan
that balances the need to get essential and complex work done with the need to
keep people moving and Merseyside 'open for business.'
The work, which would also support a new Merseyrail fleet on the network from
the early 2020's, is part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR)'s
rail network over the next 3 years. The investment is a combination of funding
from Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, via the
Government's Growth Deal fund and Merseytravel. For more information
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