Educational Tour Bus to be unveiled!
A team of 6 experienced
cyclists are travelling from Southport on the west coast of England,
to Hornsea on the east in June this year, in aid of the retinitis
pigmentosa charity RP Fighting Blindness. The fully self-funded team
will follow the Trans Pennine Trail, which is approximately 215
miles long and mainly off-road.
Made up of riders aged between 60 to 69 years old
from Doncaster and Huddersfield, the group will pass by many towns
and cities along their route including Liverpool, Runcorn,
Warrington, Doncaster, Selby and Hull. Supported by a logistical
vehicle and a medic, the team will average a travelling distance of
just over 40 miles per day.
Ian Lammie, a Rotarian who has the degenerative sight condition
retinitis pigmentosa, is part of the trail team and expects to raise
in excess of £5,000 for their efforts. "We're very excited to
undertake this challenge and have been training hard. As someone
with RP myself, I'm very keen to raise awareness of the condition,
and assist in the charity's ongoing work."
David Head, Chief Executive at RP Fighting Blindness
commented:- "We're always excited to learn about such
fundraising activities on our behalf, and wish Ian and his team the
very best of luck. RP Fighting Blindness is committed to helping
fund research for retinitis pigmentosa, as well as providing ongoing
support for those with the condition."
If you wish to sponsor Ian and his team on their coast to coast
cycle challenge, please visit:-
justgiving.com and enter Ian
Lammie under sponsor a friend and follow the links.
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION!
WILTSHIRE Police are
appealing for information on the location of Allan Campbell aged 39.
Officers are very keen to speak to Allan in relation to a number of
canal boat burglaries which have occurred in Wiltshire and other
force areas. He is described as white, 6' 2" tall, of proportionate
build and has numerous tattoos on his arms, hands, chest and back. A
photograph of Allan Campbell is attached. He has no fixed address
and is believed to have been in the Warwickshire area recently, but
may have moved on. Anyone with information is asked to please
contact DC Nick Mackian at Wiltshire Police on:- 101. Or to report
information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
BTP appeals for help after
inappropriate comments directed towards teenager
THE British Transport
Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a man made
inappropriate comments to a teenager on board a train near to
Ainsdale. The incident happened between 8.15pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday,
23 April 2013, as a teenage girl travelled between Burscough Bridge
and Southport. Whilst on the train the girl was approached by a man
who made inappropriate comments towards her. PC Ian Williamson
said:- "The girl was upset by the man's comments and was left
shaken by the incident. At no stage did the man threaten the girl,
but his comments were unwanted and inappropriate." PC
Williamson added:- "I am now calling on the public to assist
with the investigation and would ask anyone with information about
the incident to come forward. If you can assist the investigation
please call the BTP on:- 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers you can also
call them anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote
log:- B14/NWA of 26/4/13."
Road traffic collision witness
MERSEYSIDE Police are
appealing for witness following a road traffic collision in Crosby
on Sunday, 21 April 2013, during which an 79 year old man received
The collision, between a Nissan Micra and Volvo S60, took place at
12.35pm at the junction of Oxford Road and Wellington Street. Both
cars stopped at the scene and police attended. The driver and
passenger of the Micra were taken to hospital with what were thought
to be minor injuries. However the passenger, a 79 year old local
man, was later returned to hospital and his condition is now
described as critical.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information is
asked to call traffic officers on:- 0151 777 5444 or call
Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
RAIL SERVICE INFORMATION FOR
CUSTOMERS - POSSIBLE RMT STRIKE ACTION!
NORTHERN Rail has updated
its customers across the north of England following the RMT
announcement that it is to ballot its members for strike action.
The RMT is balloting members for
strike action over what they have called a 'Breakdown in
Industrial Relations'. This refers to seven items, of which
6 are resolved in principle. The only outstanding issue is the
use of contracts for revenue protection work at stations.
Northern contracts this work to 2
organisations, one of which has been undertaking these duties, for
13 years, since before the Northern franchise began, the other was
introduced on a trial basis in 2012 with a commitment to review
progress with the RMT in May this year. Their staff carry out
revenue protection duties at stations, ensuring that passengers have
a valid ticket.
Adrian Thompson, HR Director, Northern Rail said:- "The RMT
has demanded that Northern either sacks or employs the 260 people
employed on these contracts. The RMT is claiming that Northern is
gradually replacing employees with 'agency staff' a claim that is
completely unfounded and untrue. We do not want to put these people
out of work. These contracts carry out a vital role, ensuring that
passengers have valid tickets and those fares are fully captured to
reinvest into building a better railway. The changes the RMT is
demanding we make would also potentially breach the rules governing
the last 12 months of our franchise agreement."
Northern has 4,900 employees across the north of England. The RMT
represents a number of grade groups which include conductors and
station and retail employees.
The RMT ballot opens on Tuesday, 7 May 2013 and closes on Monday, 20
May 2013. If there is a vote for strike action then the earliest
possible date a strike could take place would be on Monday, 27 May
2013. Customers are being advised to check
northernrail.org or follow @northernrailorg
on Twitter for the latest information.
backs 20th Anniversary Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride
EVER wondered what it would
be like to cycle 4 miles under the Mersey, through the Queensway
(Birkenhead) Tunnel, silent and traffic free with only the sound of
the wind blowing through the tunnels, cyclists happily chattering
and your wheels turning? This is the unique experience that
thousands of cyclists experience on one day in every year, as part
of the L'pool Chester L'pool bike ride.
This year is the 20th Anniversary of this popular event. Rik Waddon,
silver medallist at London 2012 Paralympics is on board again to
promote and take part in the event and is particularly excited about
the 1st ever Family Ride under the Mersey!
The event was officially launched by the organisers Pennine Events,
on 30 April 2013, at the PanAm Bar, Albert Docks. Featuring seven
routes; the new 6 mile Tunnel Challenge family ride, and a 50 mile
Chester Challenge along with the other five popular routes, it is
the only event in the UK to feature cycling four miles under a
Rik Waddon said:- "I'm very much looking
forward to taking part again in the Liverpool to Chester to
Liverpool bike ride, particularly as it's the 20th Anniversary
celebration! The atmosphere on the day amongst the participants is
always great, and will be even more so this year. I'm currently
training hard for Rio 2016, but make time in my calendar to support
this event as it's such a celebration of cycling and raises money
for a very worthwhile charity. I'm delighted that this year we have
2 new routes; for the first time there is the Chester Challenge,
which starts and finishes in Chester and is perfect for cyclists not
wanting to travel up to Liverpool. There is also the first ever
Family Tunnel Ride, which is an exciting addition to the event, as
now all the family can take part in the big day! Priced at just £6
this route is a child friendly, traffic-free cycle through the
tunnel and back again. This route will be perfect for families,
schools and children's groups, giving them a unique opportunity to
experience cycling under a river! We also hope that children will
choose to be sponsored for their fantastic cycling achievement and
raise money for our official charity Claire House children's
Claire House provides valuable respite care for
children up to the age of 23 and their families in Merseyside,
Cheshire, West Lancashire and Isle of Man.
Kirsty Simpson, Event Manager of Claire House said:- "This is
a magnificent event and we hope that many participants will choose
to raise money through sponsorship for Claire House. Small things
make a big difference for us. £50 for example can pay for a child to
have a tailored play session at Claire House, which brings them such
joy in an often difficult time. We want people to know that it is a
big achievement to accomplish one of these routes and you can get
sponsored for taking part. We would love to see schools, youth
groups and families take part in the new Family Tunnel Ride and
raise a little bit of money to help support children at Claire
House. We really appreciate every penny that is raised."
An event such as this can only take place with the support of our
event supporter, one of which is Merseytravel who kindly close the
tunnel to traffic on the day.
Councillor Liam Robinson, chairman of Merseytravel
said:- "Mersey Tunnels are part of life here in Merseyside,
and the Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride is a great opportunity
to see them from a different angle. We want to encourage more people
to get on their bikes and hope that providing this unique traffic
free cycling experience through the Mersey Tunnel, will do just
that. To see hundreds of children on their bikes going through the
tunnel as part of the new Family Ride, will be an amazing experience
The NHS, a key supporter has woven this event very much in to the
City's health and fitness promotion.
John Marsden, Public Health said:- "The
benefits of cycling are well documented, both in improving the
physical health as well as mental health of people taking part.
People can start to prepare for the event now, and we have cycling
clubs and fitness lifestyle centres around Liverpool who can help
provide advice and training for the longer routes. However, we are
especially looking forward to the new family event; getting whole
families and the community, involved in exercise and having fun
together in this relaxed gentle route."
The Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride is also supported by
Merseyrail and Liverpool City Council. Last year over 3,500 cyclists
took part and the organisers are aiming for around more than 4,000
To find out more and register to take part in this unique bike ride