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Publication date:- 2017-03-10

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Foreign students contribute ₤970m to North West

OVERSEAS students generate ₤970m for the economy in North West England and support over 3,995 jobs, according to an analysis by Universities UK. The Norths' Universities attracted 35,850 students from outside the UK in 2014 to 2015 alone, with overseas students in the region spending a total of ₤458m in addition to their direct university costs.

Former Manchester MP and Liberal Democrat Councillor John Leech commented:- "These figures highlight the threat to Manchester's economy posed by the UK Government's reckless plans to clamp down on international students. Overseas students make a huge contribution to our City, supporting jobs by spending millions of pounds on local businesses.  If the UK Government was serious about boosting regional growth, they would be helping Universities in Manchester attract more foreign students instead of obsessing over cutting numbers at all costs. Already the number of EU students choosing to study in the UK has fallen, showing how a hard Brexit would damage our Universities and local economy. Manchester is a proud and international City, and only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against this narrow minded approach for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."

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Port of Liverpool welcomes largest containership to date

THE largest containership to ever call at the Port of Liverpool arrived on Monday, 6 March 2017. The 6,552 TEU* 'HS Paris' berthed at the Liverpool2 Deep Water Container Terminal, at 4:30am.  Previously, the Port of Liverpool's existing container terminal could only accommodate vessels up to 4500TEU. The HS Paris is the 1st post Panamax** vessel to call at Liverpool, following the Phase 1 opening of Liverpool2, in November 2016.

Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group, said:- "This is a huge milestone for Peel Ports and the Port of Liverpool. The whole team is delighted to welcome HS Paris to the City for the 1st time. While we have the capacity to handle vessels up to 20,000 TEU, smaller post Panamax ships are still very much part of our overall strategy and it's essential that can accommodate those too. We can now do that thanks to our ₤400m investment at Liverpool2, providing a shorter route to market for UK importers and exporters, which reduces their costs, congestion and carbon emissions."

Peel Ports recently announced that it had secured 150 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative. The campaign calls on importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK to switch delivery of ocean freight from South East ports to the centrally located Port of Liverpool. It's estimated that the initiative could save UK plc up to ₤200 million by 2020. It also aims to cut freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020.

* TEU means 20 foot equivalent unit, i.e. the size of an average shipping container.

** Post Panamax is a designation within the shipping industry for vessels that could not fit through the former Panama Canal, prior to its expansion last year.

The "502 Trails" History Tour

ON Sunday, 2 April 2017, the Friends of the 502 Group will be running a tour around the routes their Unit would have worked, after entering service in early 1940. The tour will commence 10am, at London Street, Southport and end again in Southport, around 5.30pm, at side of Southport Station. The group plan to again use an audio enabled vehicle from Don Fraser Coaches for this tour. 

"Our preserved Electric Train (known as Class 502) worked for over 40 years between Southport to Liverpool to Ormskirk, until retired in early 1980's. 40 years ago, on 30 April 1977, Liverpool Exchange Station closed and the Electric Services were diverted to Liverpool Central, on 3 May 1977, as part of the new Loop and Link Underground, in Liverpool. This trip is a joint commemoration of these changes with an added touch of Liverpool Overhead Railway 60 years after Closure, on 31 December 1956. On we take a tour by bus will be visiting appropriate sites of interest along the way, that will include the Liverpool Exchange area. We will also make a stop at the National Museums on Merseyside for lunch, to view their Liverpool Overhead Railway Coach. In the afternoon we will then go along Dock Road and onto Aintree and Ormskirk, finally visiting Burscough, to see 502 undergoing restoration, before returning direct to Southport. We would like to add that as all the organisers are voluntary bodies, our costs will only be covered by donations on the day." said a representative of the Friends of the 502 Group.

If you want more information about this trip, please call Tony Kuivala, on:- 07885 435542. Also for lots more information about the Friends of the 502 Group, why not visit:- Class502.Org.UK?

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