New road safety strategy for the Liverpool City Region given the green light

The Liverpool City Region’s Road Safety Strategy 2017-2020 was approved at today’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting.  This three year strategy aims to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured on Merseyside’s roads.

The plan outlines the methods and measures that will be used by partners who make up the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership – Merseyside District Councils, Merseytravel, Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, Highways England, and the health sector.  This has also been shared with the Cheshire Road Safety Partnership covering the Halton borough, who will be adopting a similar approach.

The measures and methods used to help achieve safer roads include education (promoting road safety messages through targeted campaigns and training), enforcement (ensuring road users adhere to safety measures that have been implemented, particularly driving at a safe speed) and engineering (identifying and introducing remedial measures to improve road safety and ensuring new highway projects operate safely).

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport portfolio lead for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said “We all have a role to play to ensure our roads are safer and the number of accidents and injuries on our roads are reduced.  We can play our part, but we also need our residents and road users to play their part too by listening to and taking on board the information around road safety awareness and adhering to road safety law, particularly around speed limits and to not be distracted whilst driving, for example, by using your mobile phone.”

The strategy also includes targeted action plans to keep cyclists, motorcycle users, senior road users and pedestrians safe on and around Merseyside’s roads.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added “I want the Liverpool City Region to be safe for all road users, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians alike and through collaborative working, we can achieve more by pooling our resources and expertise.  Through this strategy, all agencies and road users have shared goals to work towards reducing the number of casualties and fatalities on our roads.”

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, said “Every death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. By working together to manage education, enforcement and engineering, we hope that Merseyside’s roads will be safer.

“From an enforcement perspective, Merseyside Police will play its part by ensuring those disregarding road safety are robustly dealt with through the appropriate penalties, but we can reduce the need for enforcement action through better education, awareness and understanding the consequences if people continue to flout the law.”

Take a look at the full strategy here.

All Aboard for Liverpool City Region Newest Bus Campaign

A new campaign has launched in Liverpool City Region with the intention of inspiring people to travel by bus to get them where they need to be.

For the first time, Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach have teamed up to be the driving force behind Liverpool City Region’s newest bus campaign. Better By Bus will be a catalyst to motivate people to change their travelling habits away from the car, and choose to use the bus for work, play and everything in between.

Many people have not got the bus for a long time and so are unaware that most vehicles now boast on board Wi-Fi, USB charging and e-leather seats – there has never been a better time to be a passenger. Better By Bus will highlight the benefits of stepping aboard, whether it is to have some me time, collect the day’s thoughts or enjoy a whole host of wonderful city region views – all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of a seat.

The campaign will be fronted by some of the region’s up and coming rising stars. After open auditions in Liverpool City Centre, 24 young people were selected from across the region to be the faces of Better By Bus with a promotional advert launching the campaign.

Over the next 12 months, the Better By Bus team will be out and about working with local people by talking with businesses, going into the community and visiting schools to encourage them to think differently about how they travel. As part of the campaign, The Better By Bus Club will be heading into primary schools across the city region to inspire the next generation of bus passengers about how travelling on the bus can have a positive impact on the environment and their everyday lives.

Julie Linforth, campaign conductor for Better By Bus, said:

“We’re very excited to have officially launched Better By Bus. This is the first time Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva have worked together, so we wanted to make sure that the campaign encapsulated the uniqueness of our local people and was something truly engaging.

“Choosing to travel on the bus has so many benefits that we know will be celebrated throughout the campaign. We want to make people aware that Liverpool City Region’s bus offering is constantly improving. We’re building a better bus network for the future.”

 Rob Jones, campaign conductor for Better By Bus, said:

“The Better By Bus campaign is designed to make bus travel an attractive choice for every person across Liverpool City Region. We have so many exciting things planned over the next 12 months that will inspire people to consider travelling by bus to get them where they need to go.

“It’s time to take the pressure off, let the bus driver do the hard work; use your bus journey to have some me time and do the things that you want to do.”

You can take a look at the brand new Better By Bus advert by heading to www.betterbybus.org

To keep up-to-date with the campaign, visit the website or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Merseytravel Sefton Bus Review

Sefton is the latest area to be reviewed as part of a wider review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network, with the aim of creating an improved and simpler network.

It’s also about ensuring that the increasingly limited funding we have for supported services – those services that are funded by Merseytravel as they are not commercially viable – are used in the most effective way and focused where there is most need.

People who live or work in Sefton will be able to comment on proposed changes to the area’s bus network during a final consultation period starting on Monday 16th January through until Thursday 26th January.

Details of the proposed changes, dates for drop-in events and access to the online colsultation can all be found here : http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/Pages/Sefton-Bus-Review.aspx

Merseytravel Bus, Train & Ferry Services over Christmas

Here’s a roundup of bus, train and ferry services across the Christmas and New Year period.

Full details including timetables and late night bus and train services are in the Merseytravel Christmas and New Year Transport Guide.

Customers are advised to pick up a guide from any Merseytravel centre, view online in the travel updates section of the Merseytravel website or contact Traveline for details 0151 236 7676.

The Kingsway (Wallasey) Mersey Tunnel and the Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be open throughout the holiday period.

Christmas Eve – Saturday 24 December

•     Buses will run to their normal timetables, but services will finish earlier than usual.

•     Wirral, Northern and City line rail services will run to Saturday timetables with an earlier finish.

•     Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December

•     A special network of free bus services, funded by Merseytravel, will run between approximately 12 noon and 7pm, serving most of the region’s/area’s main hospitals.

•     No other bus services will run on Christmas Day.

•     No trains will run.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

•    There is FREE travel through both the Birkenhead and Wallasey tunnels between 2200 on 24th December and 0600 on 26th December.

Boxing Day – Monday 26 December

•     Some bus services will run to normal timetables, with an earlier finish. Some will not operate.

•     Wirral and Northern lines will run a limited service calling at selected stations.

•     City Line trains will not operate.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

Tuesday 27 December

•    Some buses will operate a Sunday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line trains – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    ArrivaTrains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours)

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Wednesday 28 December:

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours).

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Thursday 29 December

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate

•    Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•    City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•    Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•    ArrivaTrains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours).

•    Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Friday 30 December

•    Some buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, some services will not operate.

•   Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•   Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•   City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•   Northern Rail  trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables.

•   Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a Bank Holiday service (every 2 hours) – see Wirral Line timetable leaflet for full details.

•   Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

New Year’s Eve – Saturday 31 December

•  Buses will operate a normal or Saturday service, but will finish earlier than usual.

•  Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables with an early finish.

•  Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables with an early finish.

•  City line there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•  Northern Rail trains between Preston – Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal timetables with an early finish.

•  Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a normal Saturday timetable with an early finish.

•  Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

(Some bus services are running later than usual for the Liverpool Vs Manchester City Match (kick off 1730). Please visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/anfield for full travel information).

New Year’s Day – Sunday 1 January 2017

•     Some services will run to normal timetables with an earlier finish, some will not operate.

•     Wirral Line trains will run to Sunday timetables.

•     Northern Line trains will run to Sunday timetables.

•     City line – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator.

•     Northern Rail trains between Preston and Ormskirk and Kirkby – Wigan – Manchester will run to their normal Sunday timetables.

•     Arriva Trains Wales trains will run to a normal Sunday timetable.

•     Mersey Ferries will not operate.

Monday 2 January 2017

•  Some buses will operate a normal Sunday service, some services will not operate

•  Wirral Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•  Northern Line trains will run to Saturday timetables.

•  City line trains – there are service alterations due to engineering works in Central Manchester. For details of the Christmas and New Year services over this period, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or contact the service operator –

•  Northern Rail trains between Preston and Ormskirk will run to their normal timetable.

•  Mersey Ferries – The River Explorer Cruise will run, departing from the Pier Head at 1100, then hourly until the last service which will depart from the Pier Head at 1500, arriving at Seacombe 1520, Woodside 1530 and finishing at Pier Head at 1550.

Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal

From Tuesday 3 January 2017 Network Rail will be renewing the track that runs beneath the river between Liverpool and Wirral and around the Wirral loop line. The work will be carried out over three phases.

For full details of how your train will be affected during the works visit www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal or pick up a Passenger Information Booklet from your local station booking office

Traveline – 0151 236 7676

Traveline will be open normally between 0700 to 2000 on Mondays to Fridays and 0800 to 2000 on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays except for the following days: 24 December 0800 –1800, 25 December – closed all day, 31 December 0800 –2000.

For travel disruption information, particularly during any severe weather, please visit the travel alerts section of our website www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travel-updates

Views sought as Sefton bus network review gets underway

Residents have the chance to give their views on bus services in Sefton as part of an on-going review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network.

Working as part of the Bus Alliance, a formal partnership with operators Arriva and Stagecoach, Merseytravel is looking to create a simpler, clearer, and where possible, more direct network that can help encourage more people to take the bus.

Historically bus routes have been considered on a piecemeal basis and the idea is to consider the commercial network and the supported network – that which relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel – as a whole for the first time, to ensure it best reflects current working and living patterns and new developments and how they are served.

Part of the review has been looking at the current supported bus network and considering how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

As part of this review, we are looking for people to tell us how they use the bus network in the area, particularly any supported bus service.

A series of drop-in events are being held, starting next week, where members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services across the area. Previous events in Kirkby and St Helens provided useful feedback which helped to inform the changes to the bus network.

There will be six drop-in events taking place across the Sefton borough and in Liverpool over the next few weeks:

  • Monday 26 September, 10am – 3pm – Maghull Central Square
  • Tuesday 27 September, 10am – 3pm – Crosby Village
  • Thursday 29 September, 10am – 3pm – Marian Square, Netherton
  • Friday 30 September, 10am – 3pm – Chapel Street, Southport
  • Monday 3 October, 9am – 5pm – Bootle Strand
  • Wednesday 5 October, 9am – 5pm – Williamson Square, Liverpool

There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback on bus services in Sefton via an online survey on the bus review pages on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview

With help from the feedback received from these events and via the Merseytravel website, proposed changes to the network will be drafted and an additional drop-in event and online consultation scheduled to give the public an opportunity to comment on them, details of which will be published on the Merseytravel website.

As in other areas where we’ve already undertaken these reviews, it is anticipated that we will work with the operators to extend or re-route some commercial services (i.e. those without public subsidy) to cover areas previously served by publicly supported services.

To make the network easier to understand we are also planning for services on the same routes to operate under the same number whatever the time of day where possible.
We will be working with all operators, to ensure that passengers will have alternative provision available within their area if a service is removed or changed. Any changes will come into effect in January 2017.

Further details of the bus network reviews can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:

“Sefton is the next area to be reviewed in a series of bus network reviews right across the City Region. Our aim is to create a simpler, clearer and easy to understand network as part of broader plans to encourage more people to take the bus.

“Through our close working with the bus operators as part of the Bus Alliance we are able to work innovatively at a time when budget pressures are causing other areas to significantly reduce or even remove all their supported bus services leaving some communities without services altogether.

“Speaking to bus users, both existing and potential, is important as it helps us to find out how we can meet their needs best within budget constraints – something not all areas do.”

The Bus Alliance is an agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach to improve bus travel for people across the Liverpool City Region. In time, it is hoped that other bus operators will join the Alliance.

Key work areas will include:

  • A review of the City Region bus network;
  • Investment in new and greener vehicles;
  • On board Wi-Fi and at-seat USB charging points on all new vehicles;
  • Improved bus links to and from John Lennon Airport;
  • Streamlined service changes at set times of year;
  • Simpler ticketing and a review of zonal structures and pricing;
  • Review of all customer information including more Real Time Information;
  • Better integration of bus and rail services;
  • Improved Customer Service training for all bus drivers.