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This page last updated on 29 June 2020
Increase in Merseyrail
services following further easing of lockdown restrictions
FOLLOWING the UK Government's announcement of the easing
of lockdown restrictions last week, Merseyrail services will be
increasing, from Sunday, 5 July 2020. These changes to the
service are being put in place to support the expected increase
in passenger numbers, as more people begin to make necessary
journeys across the City Region.
A summary of the changes can be found below:-
Monday to Saturday...
► Southport line - services will return to running every 15
minutes throughout the day.
► Hunts Cross line - services will return to running every 15
minutes throughout the day.
► Kirkby line - a 30 minute service will run all day.
► Ormskirk line - a 30 minute service will run all day.
► Chester & Ellesmere Port lines - a 30 minute service will run
on both lines with a 15 minute service running between Hooton
and Liverpool City Centre stations.
► New Brighton line - a 30 minute service will run all day.
► West Kirby line - a 30 minute service will run all day.
► Southport line - a 15 minute service will run from start of
service until 19:00, then every 30 minutes until end of service.
► Hunts Cross line - an hourly service will run all day.
► Kirkby line - an hourly service will run all day.
► Ormskirk line - an hourly service will run all day.
► Chester and Ellesmere Port line - an hourly service will run
all day on both lines with an additional hourly shuttle service
between Ellesmere Port and Hooton stations which provides
connections to and from Liverpool City Centre.
► New Brighton line - a 45 minute service will run all day.
► West Kirby line - a 45 minute service will run all day.
Full timetables and details can be found on the Merseyrail
website, and passengers are encouraged to check before they
travel. This can be done by visiting:-
or by sending a message, on WhatsApp on:- 0151 555 1111.
Merseyrail is doing everything possible to keep its passengers
safe during their journey. Those needing to travel are reminded
► Wear a face covering as per Government guidance.
► Use contactless payments where possible.
► Travel at ╝ times.
► Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after
► Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other
► Keep up to date with the latest
official health advice.
Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail, said:-
"During this pandemic, our staff have worked hard to ensure
that train services have continued to operate for those who need
them, albeit at a reduced level. Following the Government's
announcement earlier this week, we are now in a position to
increase our services in anticipation of increased numbers of
passengers using our trains. I'd stress that the Government
guidance remains that public transport is to be used for
necessary journeys only. I would also like to remind our
passengers that; as per Government guidance; they must wear a
face covering on public transport for the safety of yourselves,
fellow passengers and our staff.".
Praise for Police who took
action to stop an illegal "rave"
on Formby Beach
MP Bill Esterson has
praised Police for their action to stop an illegal "rave"
on Formby Beach, and has urged crowds to stay away from the
coast to keep the Coronavirus infection rate low. During
scorching hot weather, on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 and Thursday,
25 June 2020, an estimated 10,000 people descended on the Sefton
coast each day, and there were social media posts advertising a
rave on Wednesday afternoon. Police deployed extra Officers and
a Helicopter to locate the group and confiscate speakers, a
generator and a mixing deck worth ₤10,000.
Sefton Central MP Mr Esterson said:- "We have had another
week of huge crowds at our beaches with the knock on effect of
awful traffic and parking problems and a lack of social
distancing. We need to be mindful that the drop in infection
rates has levelled off and we could soon see a rise in the
numbers of people falling ill if we don't all take our
responsibilities to each other seriously. The Police acted
decisively to stop a group which they estimated could have hit
1,000 in size from setting up DJ equipment to have a party. The
Police also confiscated huge amounts of alcohol and stopped car
loads of young people on the way into Formby, to tell them to
turn back. It has hopefully made these people think twice about
trying the same thing in Sefton again. More needs to be done to
stop huge numbers travelling to beaches. The health secretary
needs to do whatever is needed to ensure we don't get a rise in
infections. He this week said he might close beaches, but it
will be very difficult for the Government to put that genie back
in the bottle now. We have to appeal to the public to take
responsibility, think of the key workers who might not be able
to get to work because of the gridlocked traffic, think of those
who might be vulnerable to the effects of the virus. The
Government should not have changed it's original advice to stay
at home, protect the NHS and stay safe as carelessly as it did.
But that has gone now, so it is up to everyone to play their
part. We know that other countries have seen an increase in
infection rates. We know that pandemics generally see further
spikes in infection. We know how deadly this virus is and that
the lockdown was precisely because this is so dangerous. No one
should be in any doubt that we all need to continue to take
great care even as restrictions are eased. Encouraging the
economy to restart and for more children to go to School is
right, but it has to be done safely. People should still work
from home and minimise contact where they can. People should
keep their distance in shops and indoors with people from
outside their households. Failure to do so will see infection
and illness return in a very significant way. Just look at other
countries to see what is happening there where restrictions are
not in place."
Residents of Formby and Crosby reported hundreds of cars parked
illegally and "mountains" of litter. The MP said
the situation was reaching crisis point. "The impact of
visitor numbers on what is essentially a residential area has
reached a crisis point. This has been exacerbated by the Covid19
restrictions because many more people are off work, kids off
School and other leisure facilities like pools, pubs and
restaurants and even Ainsdale beach have been closed, which has
led to huge numbers of visitors coming to Formby and Crosby
beaches. We have to find a way to stop more and more traffic
entering residential areas to stop them becoming so overwhelmed.
Police have been closing roads and directing traffic and maybe
this needs to be done further out, away from the beach car park
entrances. The Police have the powers to tow cars away so it
would be good to see them do that to send a message that the
parking restrictions are not optional. So many people seem happy
to pay a ₤35 fine, but that's not OK. The Council have put
together a coastal visitor action plan which includes proposals
for using Woodvale as a park and ride and that is welcome."
Sefton's Coastal Visitor Management Plan on:-
Sefton.Gov.UK or by
2 appear at Liverpool
Magistrates' Court in to Liverpool FC Pier Head Disorder
19 year old, Matthew Egglesden, from
Scarisbrick, Lancashire, has been charged with causing ₤10,000
worth of damage to the Grade I listed Royal Liver Building,
after Liverpool FC's Premier League title win, on the night of
Friday, 26 June 2020. Appeared before District Judge Paul Heeley
at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, he is reported to have only
spoken to confirm his name, address and nationality and to
indicate no plea to the offence. He has since been banned from
entering Liverpool City Centre while on conditional bail, that
states he must reside at the address listed on the Court's
system. He is expected to appear again in Court, on 27 July
2020, where he will enter a plea to the 1st charge and again, on
27 August 2020, to face the charge of lighting a firework in a
public place. Also, in connection to the same mass gathering, 26
year old, Craig Campbell, from Kirkdale, also appeared in
Liverpool Magistrates' Court, on a separate charge, of assault.
In total 15 other people have been bailed after being arrested
on suspicion of violent disorder, according to a Police
Spokesperson, following the disorder, on Friday, 26 June 2020,
at the Pier Head.
Emotional Wellbeing of Care
CARE England, the largest representative
body for independent providers of adult social care, welcomes
the establishment a national support service for Care Workers.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England,
says:- "Care workers are the front line, they need and
deserve a centralised support service where they can glean
emotional support. COVID-19 has put even more emotional
pressures on adult social care workers and it is of paramount
importance that we support them. Our staff are our biggest and
best resource and need to be treated accordingly."
On 29 June Dr Rosena Allin Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental
Health, proposed a national support service with a centralised
number that care workers can ring if and when they need
emotional support. Labour's 4 stage Care for Carers package
would cover all NHS and social care staff in England. Staffed by
paid professionals it would include:-
1. A new national hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
2. Follow up support, including:- specialist assessments and
3. Intervention and treatment, including:- specialised PTSD
4. Follow up and sign posted to external services, such as
alcohol and addiction services.
Dr Rosena Allin Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health,
says:- "Even before the pandemic
hit, the case for investing in this kind of support was clear.
Coronavirus has exacerbated the existing crisis in mental
health. We need to care for our carers. It is time for the
Government to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to
keep our loved ones safe. Unless our staff are protected, they
cannot continue their vital work of keeping us all safe."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
IT was reported today,
that on Sunday, 28 June 2020, the world reached 2 grim
milestones, as the Coronavirus pandemic has now eclipsed 10
million confirmed cases globally and the number of reported
fatalities has topped 500,000 deaths, related to the virus,
The latest total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, has risen by 815 cases and the total
number now stand at 311,965, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 25 according to the Department
of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 43,575.
In England, there are a total of 160,391 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 27,272 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,679 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 980 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,365 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 766 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 418 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 677 confirmed
► Blackpool,682 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,061 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 818 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,245 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,355 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,850 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,743 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,159 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 887 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,091 confirmed cases.
► Salford, 983 confirmed
► Tameside, 881 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 885 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,231 confirmed cases.
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