Merseyside has it’s own unique breed of Walrus

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

And here’s a link to the Merseytravel web pages about this travel card:-

It’s going in the right direction but as Carl Cashman the Lib Dem candidate in the recent Liverpool City Region Mayoral election said to fulfill its potential we need to ‘Expand the Walrus card system, creating an ‘Oyster-like’ system across the region, to include buses trains, ferries, tunnels and bridges. Unifying our transport network into one single contactless payment.’

Carl Cashman

How right he is and so the challenge is now there for the winning candidate Steve Rotherham to make this happen by taking up Carl’s pledge.

Manchester transport initiative

Manchester looks to overhaul public transport

Greater Manchester Council is calling on the government to change the law so it can re-regulate how public transport works within the region, giving poorly-connected communities more service. It has suggested tying together bus, tram and train systems to allow Get Me There ticketless passes to work on all of them, similar to London’s Oyster Card, as well as reworking timetables so they match up.

Report above in the Manchester Evening News

This has to be the right way forward. Remember when buses were deregulated across the Country in the 1980’s and the powers that be in London realised they did not want it inflicted on the capital city! Places like Melling in Sefton Borough now have terrible bus services, whilst London has excellent ones. Manchester continues to lead the north in public transport initiatives

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story