Liverpool – All Out Labour War on City Council

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/out-war-labour-councillors-demand-14689542

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

Loyalty within the Labour Party to the Labour Party is everything so public dust-ups like this are reasonably rare. But when things do boil over then all bets are off as the factions go for each others throats so to speak.

That Liverpool City Council is in crisis at both an executive officer and elected representative level is a given but who can sort things out and stop matters spiraling out of control altogether?

Ainsdale – Sinkhole warning for cyclists and walkers

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/deep-sinkhole-appears-merseyside-road-14654827

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

Good job this was spotted and that Sefton Council is acting on the matter. Hope it’s now fixed; this cycle path is well used and you certainly do not want to encounter deep ruts/holes on a cycle path.

Mersey Gateway Bridge – It’s troubles

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/hidden-costs-mersey-gateway-14618582

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link above

For such a welcome and positive project it seems to have been mired in controversy ever since it opened a few months back. This Echo article points to all the ways there seem to be to make a few bob out of the passing motorist.

And the much older Runcorn-Widnes Bridge will be joining that controversy it seems when it reopens after refurbishment.

Formby – Residents prisoners in their own homes

A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plan-needed-stop-formby-residents-14630360

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

As a rule of thumb I don’t go to Formby or indeed Southport when the sun is cracking the flags, particularly on Bank Holiday weekends, as I know that traffic chaos is all but a certainty.

Don’t get me wrong I love going to these places but, traffic jams and parking problems are not for me. I could tell what was going on in Formby from where the new Brooms Cross Road crosses Brickwall Lane near Sefton Village some miles south of Formby on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday just gone. The traffic was so heavy around 10am that when the lights changed for me to cycle across Brooms Cross Road I had to peddle between traffic stuck across the junction.

But I’m also not at all sure what can be done to stop this traffic and parking chaos happening again in future, except that the drivers caught up in it may well decide not to repeat the day out sat in their cars in traffic jams.

The new Maghull North Station is to blame

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyrail-northern-line-timetables-change-14627558

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

News from the Echo (in a dramatic way?) about the consequences (on the Northern Line timetable) of the new Maghull North Station opening and also the consequences of Liverpool Lime Street being partly shut down again for further upgrade works.

Mersey Ferries at War – 1st World War

Modern Mersey Ferry Royal Iris but why its called Royal is in this blog posting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/how-mersey-ferries-went-war-14561873

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

It’s 100 years since the Mersey Ferries Iris and daffodil were involved in the Zeebrugge raid and the short Echo article is well worth reading.