Southport – Crescent Road level crossing

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/driver-forced-emergency-stop-train-15147261

Quote from the article – ‘A Merseyrail driver was forced to carry out an emergency stop on a train in a terrifying near miss when three people stood in the path of the oncoming train.

The driver of Merseyrail’s Hunts Cross to Southport service reported the “harrowing” incident shortly after 4.30pm on August 31.

As the service was passing through Birkdale, three people appeared from behind a passing train going in the other direction on the opposite track.’

Wow how stupid can people be?!

With thanks to the Liverpool Echo for using my photo in this article.

Southport – A grand day out at the cricket

1st Division County Championship Cricket returned to Southport & Birkdale’s ground yesterday. It was the first day of a four day game Lancashire V Worcestershire.

The weather, so important to a cricket match, held too although it was a little chilly for the first hour of play. There was a big crowd too packed into the compact ground which is right next to the Liverpool – Southport railway line.

Worcestershire batted first and they were all out for 222 with Lancs seemingly in difficulties at 96 for 5 at the close of play. The batsman of the day was undoubtedly Brett D’Oliveria grandson of the world famous cricketer Basil D’Oliveria. Here’s a photo of Brett batting with a link to Worcestershire CCC’s page about him and his famous grandad:-

www.wccc.co.uk/players/brett-doliveira/

A lovely relaxing day at the cricket and for £10 it’s good value when you consider the prices of going to see any professional sport these days. Well done to the Birkdale Club for putting on another excellent game, here’s to next year.

The lead photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

Birkdale – It’s tramway into Southport – An historic photo

Whilst at the Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day on 9th July I came across and purchased this photo of a horse drawn tram in Birkdale:-

Is this shot taken on Cemetery Road, Southport? Can it be dated by anyone?

Click on the scanned photo to enlarge it

The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Here are links to my previous postings about Southport’s long-gone trams:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/01/12/southports-tramways/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/02/24/more-on-southports-trams-with-a-wallasey-twist/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/05/14/sefton-the-only-tramway-in-the-borough-southport-pier-tram/

Sadly since my May 2014 posting about Southport’s Pier Tram it has also ceased to run and been disposed of. I understand this was said to be the result of it being too heavy for the aging pier.

BTW – Are the 3 chaps in the photo my old friends and Birkdale Ward Councillors, Richard Hands, Simon Shaw and Iain Brodie Brown?:-)))

Birkdale – Train hits car on Crescent Road level crossing

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/man-escapes-injury-merseyrail-train-11802368

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

I was at this crossing recently and took these photos of a train passing by at speed:-

At Crescent Road Level Crossing 1

At Crescent Road Level Crossing 2

The Crescent Road level crossing is about half way between Birkdale and Hillside Stations so the trains are always going at some speed when the barriers are down to road traffic. Makes you wonder how this accident came about so the results of the accident investigation will make interesting reading.

Thank goodness no one was hurt.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Merseyrail – Labour-run Merseytravel Committee needs to be clear what they are looking for in terms of guards on new train fleet

A present 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing - Birkdale, Southport.

A present 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyrail-staff-protest-over-fears-11674923

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

I have blogged previously about the worrying potential loss of train guards once the new fleet of Merseyrail trains is introduced and agree with the RMT union campaign to keep train guards for passenger safety reasons.

My concern all along has been that Labour-run Merseytravel have been unwilling to say whether they are specifying guards on the new trains or not and it seems they are still unwilling to come off the political fence they have chosen to sit on.

This quote from the Echo article is telling:-

But a spokeswoman for the travel body said it could not reveal whether bidders to run the service were proposing driver-only trains or not, citing commercial confidentiality laws.

Surely it was up to Merseytravel to specify that it did want the new fleet of trains with a guard facility on them then all bidders to build the trains would have included such in their bids. Why has Merseytravel seemingly left this crucial decision in the hands of the train builders to decide? This smacks, to me at least, of the Transport Committee abdicating responsibility.

The photo above is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

UKIP folk counted votes in Sefton’s Birkdale ward?!

This has to go down as one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard about happening at an election count!

Iain Brodie Browne has the story on his Birkdale Focus site:-

birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/blog-post.html

I bet Sefton’s Returning Officer will be more than a little embarrassed.