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Publication date:- 2017-23-09

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Work gets underway on new station at Maghull North

WORK has begun this week on the construction of a new Railway Station, at Maghull North, which will give increased travelling options to rail users in the area. The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane adjacent to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green Station, that is located on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail's Northern Line.  The Station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing Station, within the Town.

Facilities at the new station will include:-

► Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.

► Passenger waiting facilities on platform.

► Step free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.

► 156 space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.

► Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the Station and Bus Stops to be located on School Lane.

► Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
 
► The new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.

The ₤13m scheme is being funded through the Government's Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider ₤340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next 3 years.

Network Rail are undertaking the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group. Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin.  To help progress the work further, Network Rail require 2 weekend "possessions", which will see the closure of the railway between Maghull and Ormskirk on the weekends of:- 27 October to 28 October 2017 and 4 November to 5 November 2017. 

A Rail Replacement Bus Service will be in place during this period. A further possession will be required towards the end of 2017, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time. More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel's website. Information about the wider Network Rail investment and Liverpool City Region investment can be found online.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:- "The start of work on the new Maghull North station is fantastic news for the local area. The new Station is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice. The facilities at the new station will give local residents more travel options and play a big part in helping the on going development of Maghull. We look forward to seeing the facilities open in 2018."

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, said:- "The opening of another station on the network is testament to the surge in popularity of our railway, as an increasing number Liverpool City Region residents become aware of how easy and convenient it is to travel on Merseyrail.  With more houses being built close by, we are confident that Maghull North will soon be seen as an essential amenity within this expanding community"

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail's London North Western route managing director, said:- "With passenger figures set to double during peak periods by 2043, the upgrade to the railway across Merseyside is vital to transform train travel for passengers in the future. We've worked closely with our colleagues across the transport industry, and the Liverpool City Region, over the past 2 years to build a robust plan to keep passengers on the move during our upgrade."

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member Locality Services, said:- "Now that Planning permission has been granted, it is great to see work commencing on this important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull. Not only does the new station provide some of the infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan, it also complements other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible. I look forward to the scheme progressing with the station planned to open in 2018."


Protestors call on ISS to treat Liverpool Hospital cleaners with dignity

A protest has been staged outside the Make a Difference Awards in Liverpool, on 22 September 2017, where the private outsourcer ISS is a sponsor. ISS facilities staff provide vital services to the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals, cleaning our Hospital wards, transporting patients around Hospital departments and cooking for patients, visitors and staff.

ISS stands accused by the Union of stripping its workforce at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust of a fair sick pay policy. The ISS sick pay policy means the most seriously ill, suffering from illnesses like cancer, heart problems, or physical injuries, could face with the unacceptable choice of either working when unfit to do so, or facing severe financial difficulties.

Unite, Britain's biggest Trade Union, and they are currently calling for the reinstatement of the NHS sick pay policy. The event is a staff awards event for those employed by Trust, but despite ISS being a sponsor of the awards, its staff, cleaners, porters, and cooks; responsible for keeping the Hospital safe and running smoothly; appear that they not to be eligible for any of the awards.

On Wednesday, 21 September 2017 Liverpool City Council unanimously passed a cross party motion requesting the Mayor write to the Chief Executive of ISS Facilities Management calling for a fair sick pay scheme. 

Unite regional Officer Keith Hutson said:- "This is not just about workers at ISS being treated as 2nd class citizens, they are being denied access to a humane sick pay scheme while working at a Hospital of all places. The workforce has been stripped of a fair sick pay policy. It has been replaced with an inferior scheme where employees can only accrue 12 sick days per year. This compares to the NHS sick pay scheme where workers get up to 6 months on full pay and a further 6 months on half pay. It would take around 15 years' service with ISS, without a single day off work sick to accrue 6 months on full pay. The ISS sick pay policy means the most seriously ill, suffering from illnesses like cancer, heart problems, or physical injuries, are faced with the unacceptable choice of either working when unfit to do so, or facing severe financial difficulties. Stripping workers of their dignity does nothing to help the workforce or the Hospital and we hope the Council will support the workforce and call for the reinstatement the original scheme."


Nicola Lyons hopes to become Miss England 2017

NICOLA Lyons, 25 years old, a Beauty Therapist and Make Up Artist, who is from Liverpool, has recently lost 4½ stone and is currently 1 of 21 contestants competing for a place in the 1st Miss England Semi Final Heat, for the Miss England 2018 competition.  The public vote acts as 1 judge on the panel so Nicola needs the support of her local community before voting lines close in order to help her secure a place within the Miss England Semi Final, to be held in June 2018.

The ladies will now have a month to promote themselves in the area they live and on social media to gain votes from the public. During this time, contestants are also invited to raise awareness and funds for the Miss World Charity ‘Beauty with a Purpose.' The judging panel will decide who is the most photogenic and who has promoted themselves and the charity including gaining votes through the public.

At least 1 winner from this heat will be selected to go through to a Miss England Semi Final, in June 2018.  "The competition is about being beautiful inside and out, we are not just looking for a pretty face..." says Miss England national director Angie Beasley.

The reigning Miss England is Stephanie Hill, age 22, is a talented singer and a qualified Therapy radiographer from Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Stephanie will be representing England at the next Miss World final, which has a top prize of ₤100k.

The winner of Miss England 2018 will be invited to spend her year raising awareness for the Miss World charity Beauty with a Purpose and will receive a whole host of prizes worth ₤30,000, including a luxury holiday and a place in Miss World 2018.

Miss World then becomes a global charity ambassador for the year as her role raising millions of pounds throughout the world for disadvantaged children. Since its creating, Beauty with a Purpose has raised over ₤2 billion for disadvantaged children throughout the world.

Miss England is the only competition in the country to send its winner in to Miss World.  Nicola needs your support to help win the Miss England Semi Final Heat Title. 

You can vote for Nicola by texting MISS SEMI14 to 63333.  Text votes costs 50p.  The voting line closes on Monday, 16 October 2017, at 12 midday.

Entries for Miss England 2018 are now open, anyone wishes to enter please send a snapshot photo with your name, age, occupation and interesting fact to:- Info@MissEngland.Info or please enter the competition via the Miss England Website.

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