Merseytravel to deliver 2 new stations for Merseyrail (plus 2 new Mersey Ferries)

The present end of the line for trains from Wigan, the Merseyrail service to Liverpool is accessed under the bridge. The new Headbolt Lane Station will see the Liverpool – Kirkby Line extended to it.

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

If delivered this is good news indeed, my only reservation is that Merseytravel has a history of big promises but being less than good at delivery as previous blog postings on this site have detailed.

My old friend Cllr. Andrew Makinson (member of Liverpool City Council) will be delighted to hear that St. James Station is seriously back on the cards as he tried to get the project going quite some years ago when the then transport authority were not listening to him.

On the cycling front there may also be good news because at present the cycling facilities/safe cycling routes across the City Region are generally very poor/non-existent indeed, with a few notable exceptions.

Maghull/Lydiate area bus changes from 1st September

Merseytravel are advertising the following changes to some of our local bus routes

31, 31A, 32, 32A, 33, 34, 34A, 34B Maghull Circulars
Evening and Sunday Route 32A journeys and Routes 34/A/B are withdrawn but are replaced by additional Route 32/33 journeys and a new Route 32A which runs during the morning and evening peak periods. Some times are changed.

36 Aintree Hospital – Maghull circular
Service is rerouted out of/into Aintree University Hospital. Journeys exit the hospital grounds onto Lower Lane and enter the hospital grounds via Longmoor Lane. Times are unchanged.

133 Kirkby – Waterloo
Service is now operated for Merseytravel by Huyton Travel. Minor retiming of mid-journey times of the 0653 journey from Kirkby Admin.

With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this posting

Aughton – It’s big green slab-sided pedestrian bridge

Well you can’t miss it – it’s big, green and very long:-

My previous posting of a few days ago refers:-

My first thought having seen it in place was that when walking across it you will not be able to see anything as the walls are so high. This must be a Network Rail specification but of course the good people of Croston (see link below) recently protested about another Network Rail slab-sided bridge which they feel is poor architecture:-

But as mentioned in my original posting this bridge seems to have been replaced by Lancashire County Council not Network Rail, although I guess it will be to NR’s specifications.

Well it will serve a purpose but the days to aesthetically pleasing railway architecture seem to be a thing of the past sadly. I wonder why NR specify things to be simply functional rather than pleasing on the eye too?

Whilst marveling at the engineering of this Dutch GRP-type bridge I can’t help but be disappointed with how it looks. Yes I know, the old pedestrian bridge was of no architectural merit either but at least you could see around you when crossing it.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Feet on seats – Merseyrail are big on stopping this

You can’t have travelled on Merseyrail without noticing the signs telling passengers not to put their feet on seats and the other day I saw the rule being enforced on a Liverpool – Ormskirk train when a young lady was approached by on-board security officers.

They spoke to her very reasonably (I happened to be just across the gangway from them) and she was let off with what seemed to be caution.

Most of us see this practice as being anti-social but I recently read why public transport operators are so keen to put a stop to it. A Doctor at the University of Arizona discovered in a 2008 study of over nearly 3,000 shoes that 96 percent had coliforms and E coli on them. This means shoes are in contact with faecal matter much of the time we walk the streets.

Supermarkets, cafes, shops – Turn down or even better turn off your air conditioning & shut that fridge door

I came across this on-line petition (see below) the other day and signed it but it also fitted with something I had been noticing of recent times – how cold some supermarkets and cafes really are.

Since air-con became a fact of life in supermarkets, cars and cafes there’s every danger that it’s left on all the time and not regulated or checked, never mind being turned off when it’s not really required at all. I guess that the big companies who run supermarkets and coffee shop chains don’t really take much notice of air-con running costs and their managers are not tasked with regulating it?

But I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that air-con in say coffee shops can often be blowing out cold air when it is not needed and at times you have to try to find a seat where it’s not being blown down your neck – COSTA coffee shops are often guilty of this in my experience. You’d think that the bottom line (cost of running it) would matter to local managers even if they don’t give a fig for the environmental consequences of using unnecessary fuel, but seeming neither are motivating factors and the air-con runs all day every day at cooling levels that are not needed in our temperate climate, except on hot summer days.

A history of Sefton Borough’s Communities

Whilst searching for the of the term origin of ‘Yort’ a while back (see my posting of 23 07 19 ‘Formby – What is a Yort?’) I happened upon this fascinating document by the Museum of Liverpool & English Heritage on the internet:-

Sefton Historic Settlement Study – Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project from 2011

Here’s the introduction to the 84 page document:-

Introduction to Historic Settlement Study

The aim of the historic settlement study was to produce a consistent pro-forma template of information on settlements identified across all the historical townships in all 5 districts of Merseyside as based on the relevant paper First Edition Ordnance Survey 6” to 1 mile maps for Lancashire (published 1848 -1851) and Cheshire (1881 – 1882) . The purpose was to help provide background information for the data capture of character area polygons and also bring together some information on known or highlight other historic settlements, many of which have been lost or disguised by urban development. It was also thought that information would be useful for alerting to areas of possible archaeological interest to support the development management advice given by Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service to the five districts. Historic urban settlement character is one of the key priority areas for research within Merseyside and one for which there is currently least documented archaeological evidence.

What a useful historic database this is for those wanting to know more about the origins of their own Sefton community. Go on find where you lived and get to know more about it………