Monthly Archive: July 2014

Travel News Update – changes 20-26 July 2014

Here’s what’s changing between 20 – 26 July 2014:

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You can email us at publicity@merseytravel.gov.uk or call us on 0151 330 1084.
Let us know either the six character bus stop reference (you’ll find it on the Bus Stop shelter or pole eg 42032A) or the road name, nearest side road and direction of travel.
We’ll then get to work and replace the missing or damaged timetable information as fast as we can.

The Giants are coming…
Keep a look out for a special Travel News Update email later today – there are major changes to bus services next week whilst the Giants are in town.

There are no planned changes taking place this week.

See what’s changing in the future by visiting our Future Bus Services page on our website.

You can download all current and future bus timetables here.

Buses are sometimes diverted due to roadworks or events. We show all planned diversions and explain how your services are affected on the Travel Updates page of our website.

City Line: no planned changes this week.

Wirral Line: don’t forget, with the Open Golf Championship taking place at Hoylake, some Wirral Line trains are changed until 22 July. Click here for full details. If you travel on the Wirral Line, please check your travel plans in advance by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk or calling 08457 48 49 50.

Northern Line:
there are no planned changes this week.

West Lancashire Line: trains between Southport and Manchester are running to a special timetable from 19 July – 31 August. Click here for full details.

You can download current and future rail timetables from our website.

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed to all traffic during the following times, whilst the Memories of August event takes place in Liverpool:

2200 on Thursday 24 July through to 1200 on Friday 25 July;
2130 on Friday 25 July through to 0100 on Saturday 26 July;
1030 on Saturday 26 July through to 0100 on Sunday 27 July.

Traffic will be diverted through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel, which is expected to be busy, particularly through the morning peak period. Please plan your journey in advance and allow extra time to make your journey.

There are no planned changes this week.

You can view the Mersey Ferries timetable here.

 

If you need any more information, or need some help planning your journey, call our Traveline team on 0151 236 7676. They’re open from 0800 – 2000 every day.

   

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The Giants are coming…. major changes to public transport between 23 – 27 July

August 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War – a turning point in world history.
Liverpool will host one of the UK’s landmark commemorative events – a poignant and spectacular piece of street theatre which will once again see giant visitors embark on an emotional journey around the city.

Taking place between 23 – 27 July 2014, the city will welcome back the creative tour de force that is Royal De Luxe who will undoubtedly deliver a jaw-dropping visual feast.

It comes just two years after Liverpool came to a standstill for Sea Odyssey which paid tribute to the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Sea Odyssey saw over one million people converge on the streets, taking in the awe-inspiring sight of three beautifully crafted giants which roamed the city on a heart-rending tale of love, loss and reunion. Those three days in April 2012 have become some of the most unforgettable in Liverpool’s history and this new event is expected to join Sea Odyssey and become etched in the hearts and minds of everyone lucky enough to be part of the event.

As a result of this amazing piece of street theatre, roads will be closed and diversions will be in force, meaning there will be major planned changes to public transport.

Here’s a guide to how your buses, trains, Mersey Ferries and Mersey Tunnels are changing…

Roads will be closed and diversions will be in force, meaning there will be major planned changes to bus services throughout the event.

Click here to download the special information book we have produced, listing all the changes to bus services during the event.

Please remember though, roads throughout Liverpool are expected to be very busy so whatever service you are using, please allow extra time for your journey.

On Saturday afternoon, Stagecoach will be running a special bus service to take you from the Liverpool Cruise Terminal to the Giants at Clarence Dock. The service runs very frequently between 1600 and 1800.
Regular return buses will depart Clarence Dock between 1930 and 2100. Journey time will be 5 minutes.
A flat fare of £1.00 for adults and 50p for children will be charged – no passes will be accepted.
For safety reasons, James Street station will be closed on Saturday from 1600 to 2000 and on Sunday from 1100 to 1500. Your nearest stations are at Moorfields and Liverpool Central.

For the latest train running information, visit www.merseyrail.org for Northern and Wirral Line services
or www.northernrail.org for City Line services. You can also call National Rail Enquires on 08457 48 49 50.
Where possible, Merseyrail will run trains with extra carriages during the event.

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed to all traffic during the following times, whilst the Memories of August event takes place in Liverpool:

2200 on Thursday 24 July through to 1200 on Friday 25 July;
2130 on Friday 25 July through to 0100 on Saturday 26 July;
1030 on Saturday 26 July through to 0100 on Sunday 27 July.

Traffic will be diverted through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel, which is expected to be busy, particularly through the morning peak period. Please plan your journey in advance and allow extra time to make your journey.

Mersey Ferries will be a great way to get to and from the event with extra services running throughout the weekend.

Between 23 to 25 July a normal ferry service will be running.

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, extra River Explorer Cruises (lasting about 45 minutes) will run:

Cruises will operate every 30 minutes (two vessels will be in operation):
Ferries will depart Pier Head at 1000, 1030 then at 00 and 30 mins past each hour until 1800.
Ferries will depart Seacombe at 1000, 1030 then at 00 and 30 mins past each hour until 1800.
Ferries will depart Woodside at 1010, 1040 then at 10 and 40 mins past each hour until 1840.

A final service will depart Pier Head at 1800, calling at Seacombe at 1830, Woodside at 1840,
finishing at Pier Head at 1850.

Normal River Explorer Cruise pricing will apply to these cruises.

On Saturday 26 July, an extra direct shuttle service will depart Pier Head at 1900 calling at Woodside and Seacombe only.

Direct shuttle ticket prices will apply to this service.

Services are expected to be busy due to increased visitor numbers and this may impact on timetabled services. Mersey Ferries will do all they can to run to this special timetable.

Sorry – you can’t pre-book tickets for these cruises.

Have a fabulous time enjoying the Giants – the city is expected to be very busy, so please allow extra time to complete your journey.
If you need any more information, or need some help planning your journey, call our Traveline team on 0151 236 7676. They’re open from 0800 – 2000 every day. Our journey planner and mobile apps won’t contain diversion details for this event, so if you’re travelling to or from Liverpool between 25 – 27 July, please don’t use them to plan your journey – call our friendly Traveline team for help!
 

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Tell LEGO to dump Shell

LEGO are rattled. First our video was removed from Youtube. Hours later, it was put back after thousands of us voiced our outcry!

But LEGO are still refusing to meet us. So in 4 days, undercover LEGO agents will go to their Head Office in Slough to deliver every single name on the petition asking them to dump Shell.

​If you haven’t signed yet, please consider signing via this link

: 

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/lego-petition

LEGO has very

senior managers based in the UK. They care deeply about UK sales figures and the reputation of their brand. Right now, that reputation is being damaged by their refusal to reconsider their partnership with Shell. 

In 4 days, Greenpeace volunteers will show up at their office in front of LEGO’s staff and the public with all the names of people who want them to dump Shell.

It might just be the nudge the Chief Executive needs to pick up the phone to the CEO in Denmark, and tell him it’s time to end their misguided deal with Shell.

So let’s make sure that number is huge. Share this email with your friends. 
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/lego-petition

When we work together we get results. From getting Jewsons to drop Amazon timber, to confronting Statoil near Bear Island, bit by bit we’re making companies behave responsibly. Together we can get LEGO to come over to the good side, too.

Can you ask more people to join in and sign here?
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/lego-petition

Thanks for all you do,

Fran and the Arctic team

PS: Yesterday, volunteers went to LEGO’s HQ in Denmark to try to deliver the names of everyone who has signed the petition to the CEO. But they were stonewalled. LEGO seem to think that if they carry on ignoring us, we’ll eventually go away. Let’s show them how wrong they are: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/lego-petition


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Love Parks Week Events 2014

Dear Supporter

Love Parks Week 2014 is fast approaching. Have you uploaded all your events?

This year the Love Parks Week runs from 25 July to 3 August 2014 and this year we want to exceed the number of events available to everyone, we can only do that with your help.

To upload an event you must be a registered user of the website, then you can add as many activities as you like!

Parks are for life not just summer
As we are building on the campaign, we would like to see more events that are taking place throughout the year. Through this activity and the continuous efforts of Friends Groups, Volunteers, Local Authorities and our campaign we can all play our part to raise the voice for parks and protect our green spaces.

So if you haven’t already, please upload your events today!

Thanks for your continued support,

Love Parks

©2014 Keep Britain Tidy | Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX

Floral Golf Bags

The Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom ‘Themed Floral Golf Bag” competition is now well under way.

The Friends are, as usual, planting and caring for all the wonderful floral displays throughout the village and, as a special event, during the Open Golf, are holding a competition in which 19 children’s groups, ranging from a dance studio group and pony school to the brownies, have decorated donated golf bags with flowers.

Each floral golf has been decorated with a different theme, creating their own group’s masterpiece.

All this is going on in the middle of Hoylake (next to Co-oP), 9am to 4pm each day, ending on 20th July , so come along to Hoylake, join in the fun and vote for your favorite and maybe see a bit of the Open Golf as well.

On the last Saturday of the competition (19th July) we are holding an additional event sponsored by Hoylale Town Team. It is a children’s fun day with various craft activities, including face painting, all connected to our new logo, the smiling sunflower.

Below are some of the Floral Golf bags ready to go on display.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral with some of the children who created the floral golf bag displays.
Locals and visitors choosing their favorite Floral Golf bag
While you are in Hoylake Village check out our own Floral Golf bag displays
To see what else we do please visit our website

Copyright © 2014 Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom, All rights reserved.

Love Wirral

Council teams up with litter busting buccaneers to launch ‘Love Wirral’ keep New Brighton tidy message

 

Swashes were buckled and litter pickers brandished when Wirral Council teamed up with New Brighton’s litter-busting New Brighteners and the crew of the good ship ‘Black Pearl’ to launch a ‘keep New Brighton tidy’ campaign.

The campaign was launched at 12Noon, on Saturday, July 5, outside New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre, when the New Brighteners and ‘Black Pearl’ crew stormed the resort’s open-topped shuttle bus, newly decorated with ‘Love Wirral’ branding.

The free open-top bus service, operated by Stagecoach, was launched earlier this year and runs every weekend throughout the summer until early September. The bus has now been decorated with ‘Love Wirral’ branding and posters, designed in conjunction with the New Brighteners, whose volunteers are out and about picking litter in the resort all year long, helping the Council keep New Brighton spick and span.

The Council has also provided a new double bin at the pirate ship ‘Black Pearl’ to accommodate increased visitors to the artwork on the beach near the Tower Grounds. The crew of the much-loved attraction have been doing their bit to keep New Brighton tidy by keeping the sands around the ‘Black Pearl’ spick and span, and encouraging visitors to take their litter home.

Dave Peddie, New Brighteners’ organiser, said: ‘When we were asked to work with the Council to help come up with ideas for a range of posters and publicity, we were delighted. We spend all year out and about on the beaches. Summer is our busiest time, and we’re well placed to know the type of litter and rubbish that really poses a problem.

‘Among our pet ‘hates’ are polystyrene food and drink containers, dog waste, nets that hold plastic toys, and the plastic toys themselves that we find discarded on the beach, plastic bottles and bags, drink cans and fishing tackle that people leave behind. They are a real menace to marine life, and we are delighted to see the Council take a pro-active stance on encouraging people to take their litter home, or dispose of it in a bin.’

Cllr Rob Gregson, Chair of Wallasey Constituency Committee, said: ‘Co-ordinated by Wallasey Constituency Team, we are delighted to be working in partnership with the New Brighteners and the Black Pearl. It demonstrates the strength of positive local feeling toNew Brighton, and our commitment to the resort.’

Wallasey’s Constituency Team has been working with businesses, local agencies, and voluntary groups, to ensure that visitors see New Brighton in its best possible light. The Team is run and managed by Wirral Council, which co-ordinates a multi-pronged approach involving Council staff, Councillors, Police, and local businesses, including Neptune Developments Ltd, owners of Marine Point.

Along with the free shuttle bus, a number of other contingencies are in place to make sure visitors to New Brighton enjoy the resort at its best. This includes an extended street cleansing schedule in place throughout the season, with bulk waste bins and barbecue bins located at 10 key sites including the Dips, Perch Rock access road, Perch Rock Car Park and Marine Promenade.

There are also new measures to ensure that all cafes with outdoor seating clean up food waste on pavements, and the Council will be working with the New Brighteners to encourage food vendors to use recyclable food packaging.

Summer 2014 will feature a number of new initiatives under the ‘Love Wirral’* banner, such as litter picks and beach clean-ups.

And to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets, the Council’s dog fouling team will be joined by Police Community Support Officers this year, with Fixed Penalty Notices issued to dog owners who fail to clear up their dog’s mess. The New Brighteners are also going to be helping the Council to drive home the message that dog owners can dispose of bagged dog waste in any bin, not just in specially designated bins.

Last year was New Brighton’s first full season since the redevelopment of Marine Point. The next phase of New Brighton’s regeneration will be work later this year to open up access to Victoria Road from the promenade end, encouraging more people to visit bars, restaurants and businesses in the Victoria Road area.

As well as the Black Pearl and New Brighteners, organisations such as the Momentary Art Project are joining together to engender real community spirit in the New Brighton area.

 

  •  ‘Love Wirral’ is a campaign run by Wirral Council to encourage people to take greater responsibility and pride in their own local environment, whether you live, work or visit Wirral. Last year, £36,318 worth of grants were distributed to local organisations to support their efforts engendering civic pride. For further info visit www.wirral.gov.uk/lovewirral or see ‘LoveWirral’ on Facebook.

 

PHOTOS SHOW: Members of the New Brighteners and Black Pearl aboard the newly-decorated shuttle bus.

New Brighton Love Wirral launch July 2014 New Brighton LoveWirral launch with pirates etc New Brighton Love Wirral launch July 2014 front view New Brighteners

Follow Wirral Council on Twitter: www.twitter.com/WirralCouncil

 

The Brighteners Jumping July Update

Schools & Education: One of the solutions to the (beach) litter problem is that children and young people are educated as to why dropping litter is not only anti-social, and an offence, but that it is very bad for the environment, and for animals.
 
A member of The Brighteners works at Foxfield School in Moreton, and we’ve visited the school and discussed some educational options.  All still at the early stages, but encouraging.
 
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Saturday Litter Pick:  Saturday 5th July now at 10:30 am (was 11:00 am) to fit in with the Shuttle Bus Photo Call.   Meet Paul Roberts at Perch Rock Car Park (Pavilion end).
 
The Shuttle Bus Launch Photo Call:  Saturday 5th July 12 noon at the Floral Pavilion.  The Brighteners have got good coverage in the official Press Release from the Council, and are also on a special Council produced poster which will be in the bus itself.  We have been asked if folks can be there for the Photo Call.
Egremont Festival – Litter Picking:  Sunday 20th 

​July

. A message from ManishaAnother call out to all Litter Pickers. The Egremont Festival is less than a month away. So far have 5 people who have said they can definitely help and 8 maybes. I need to firm things up soon, so any updates on availability would be great!

Come on gang… don’t make me call the Birkenhead YMCA to help out again Any help is very much appreciated.

Contact Manisha via:  thenewbrighteners@gmail.com  

 
The Beach Ecology Walk:  Sat 9th August, @ 1.30pm. To discover more about the beach ecology, so we can better appreciate what it is we are keeping clean, and why!  This will be led by Ranger Lynne Greenstreet (Thanks to Lynne).  Meet by the slipway in the Fort Perch Rock Car Park.  It is free, so just bring yourselves. No need for Litter Pickers either! Pop it in the diary now folks!
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That’s all folks
Happy Pickin’
Loving the New Brighton Shore!