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Publication date:- 2017-21-10

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New developments for Walrus smartcard

FROM 30 October 2017, people who use the bus frequently, but not often enough to make it worth buying a season ticket, will be able to buy 'bundles' of 1 day Adult (19 years and over) Solo tickets, which can be used to make unlimited journeys on any bus across Merseyside, at any time of day.

Following the successful launch earlier this year of the One Day Adult Solo ticket, the ability to buy tickets in advance for 1, 3 or 5 days will now make ticket buying more convenient. The tickets will be accepted by all bus operators across Merseyside and each valid day ticket can be used for a whole days travel, so long as it is within a 12 month period of when the last ticket was sold. They can be loaded onto a Walrus card from PayPoint stores and Merseytravel Centres.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee which oversees the work of Merseytravel said:- "We are continually looking to develop our smart ticketing offer, working with operators most notably through the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, to ensure that tickets best suit the journeys people want to make, offering choice, value and simplicity. As well as Merseytravel tickets, some operator tickets can now be bought on Walrus too, making Walrus the chosen smart ticketing scheme for the Liverpool City Region. We've made significant progress since 2014, with 2.5m smart tickets sold, but we've still got more to do. We are working to introduce the ability to purchase tickets online as well as ensuring we're plugged in to wider smart ticketing developments being taken forward through Transport for the North."

Since 2015, just over 500,000 Walrus smartcards have been issued free of charge to customers by Merseytravel. However, it was always intended that once the scheme was established an activation fee would be implemented for any new cards to cover production and distribution charges. The ₤1 fee will be introduced, on 30 October 2017, so passengers are encouraged to keep hold of their existing Walrus cards and reuse them each time they buy smart travel tickets.

For further details about the range of ticketing options visit:- Merseytravel.Gov.UK/Tickets.

Sight risk warning over Halloween contact lenses

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PEOPLE are being warned not to play "Russian roulette" with their vision by "changing it" with Halloween themed contact lenses.

The alert comes in response to a growing trend of people buying these novelty items from market stalls or over the internet, potentially putting their eye health at risk.

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has advised that people should speak to their registered practitioner if they want to add 'spooky' contact lenses to your fancy dress outfit.

BCLA President Keith Tempany said:- "Wearing fancy lenses might make you look cool for 1 night on Halloween, but losing your sight could be a lifelong horror story. Cosmetic colored lenses are a medical device and should be prescribed by an eye care professional. These lenses should only be purchased from and fitted by, a registered practitioner. By sharing colored contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette and changing it with their eye health and putting their sight at risk."

The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films, like Twilight, are often shared around amongst friends, and this increases the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.

The campaign is warning against buying lenses from fashion outlets, market stalls, and unregistered online sellers and will stress the importance of visiting an eye care professional to ensure lenses fit properly and receive expert advice on how to wear and store them safely.

For more details about the British Contact Lens Association, visit:- BCLA.Org.UK.

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