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Publication date:- 2017-14-10

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Hospital League of Friends transforms children's waiting area

A children's waiting area at Ormskirk Hospital has received a makeover thanks to the League of Friends. The waiting area within the antenatal and gynecology clinic has new child friendly furniture, flooring and a mural painted by local artist Gary Scarisbrick. The area allows children to be entertained while their mothers or carers wait for their appointment. Robin Rootes is a midwife in the clinic and helped design the mural featured on the wall. She said:- "The new children's area has had a complete revamp and it's made such a difference to the atmosphere in the clinic. The children now have somewhere inviting to play while they wait, which helps their mum or carer relax. We couldn't have done it without the support of the League of Friends."  Now the area is complete the team are looking to get some new toys for the children to play with as the current ones are a little worn and tired. Any donations of new toys would be gratefully received.


Arriva Merseyside up for top City Bus operator award

ARRIVA staff in Merseyside are celebrating after the company was hailed as 1 of the country's top operators as the finalists were announced at the prestigious UK Bus Awards. The shortlist was unveiled at a special event at the Museum of Transport in Greater Manchester, on 12 October 2017 and the award winners will be announced in a glittering ceremony to be held, at The Troxy, in the heart of London, on 21 November 2017.

Arriva Merseyside, which operates across 6 garages covering Liverpool City centre, Knowsley, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens, has been nominated in the:- 'Top City Bus Operator' category. The company provides more than 80 million passenger journeys a year and has a fleet of over 600 buses; including hybrid and fully electric powered vehicles.

The judges heard that customers are at the heart of everything Arriva Merseyside does, with regular service reviews taking place, and customer surveys and road shows offering the opportunity to consult with passengers to ensure the company provides responsive, reliable and efficient services.

They were told that the reliability of services has been significantly improved by the introduction of on bus radios for drivers and depots, providing immediate notice of diversions and delays.

Arriva Merseyside was also praised for its social media work and community action, receiving awards such as:- 'Best Viral Campaign' for its support for the Hillsborough victims with the:- 'Remembering the 96' message displayed on all of bus service destination blinds.

Arriva Merseyside Area Managing Director Howard Farrall said:- "Arriva Merseyside is a company with heart and passion, which puts people; both employees and customers; at the heart of all we do. A close knit management team inspires confidence and good morale at each individual site and everyone in the Arriva Merseyside team pulls in the same direction. There is a real sense of pride in our work with service and customer care being paramount. We are often used as a trial area for initiatives which are then rolled out across the company. Innovation and forward thinking are high on our list of priorities and we embrace change positively. There is a can do attitude, even in challenging times."

The UK Bus Awards, one of the major events in the bus industry calendar, feature categories especially for the people who work in the business, as well as for high quality bus operations and a range of technical and professional skills. In 2017 there were more than 250 nominations for the awards.

Mark Yexley, Chairman for the UK Bus Awards, said:- "We have some truly inspirational people working in our industry, leading innovation and outstanding improvements in the customer experience. They show unrivalled commitment in delivering a 1st class service day in, day out. We're very proud to be able to recognise and reward these people and initiatives that really make a difference. Our Finalists' Announcement is a very special day for all those involved, it's been great to visit the North West, and what a great setting to be able to celebrate the people, projects and organisations that will shape the industry of the future."

For more information about services and timetables, either download the free Arriva Bus App via the Apple Store or Google Play, or visit:- ArrivaBus.Co.UK/North-West.

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