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Merseyrail's Southport line reaches historic landmark for railway industry

Merseyrail's Southport line reaches historic landmark for railway industry. The 18-mile route was the world’s first inter-urban electric railway when it opened to passenger service at the end of March 1904.

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Double success at Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards event

Two Merseyrail stations have been recognised in the prestigious Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations Awards. Hoylake station scooped the prize for best station in Wirral for a second year in a row, while Meols station secured the Best Kept Gardens award, having claimed the ‘In Bloom’ title last year. Hoylake station was praised as busy and spacious, while being graced with classic art deco design. Meols was hailed for the work that had transformed a commuter station with skilfully planted beds and planters.

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Merseyrail are working in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to develop a tap-and-go ticketing system

As the Metro Mayor recently announced, Merseyrail are working in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to develop a Tap & Go ticketing system which will be rolled out across Merseyrail’s Northern and Wirral lines.

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Liverpool Central station celebrates 150 years of public transport service

Liverpool Central station, which serves both the Wirral and Northern lines on the Merseyrail network, is celebrating its 150th birthday this week. Today the station is the busiest in Liverpool, and the second busiest station in the North West of England behind only Manchester Piccadilly. With more than 11m journeys made from the station in 2023, it is the tenth busiest station outside of London in the United Kingdom.

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Maghull station's fabulous new coffee shop is a new focus for the local community

Two young entrepreneurs have launched a new coffee shop at Maghull station, providing not only refreshments for commuters and travellers, but a hub that aims to be a focal point for the local community. Craig Reeves, who runs Coffee Carriage alongside Rory McLellan, said: “Our customers can expect a friendly and welcoming place, almost like a second home.

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Bebington community group teams up with Merseyrail to make a difference

Two Wirral stations are getting a makeover thanks to the hard work of a local community group who have teamed up with Merseyrail and a number of local schools. The Love Bebington community group recently adopted Bebington and Spital stations. Working in partnership with Merseyrail, work to transform both train stations is well underway.

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Charity fundraiser's incredible Merseyrail challenge

Centre 56’s Fundraising Officer, Alex Rigby, is hoping to raise £20,000 for the charity through his ultra-marathon challenge on 10 February. Centre 56 provides specialist nursery care for children aged 0-12 years who have experienced domestic abuse or crisis situations. A big welcome is planned at the final station, Kirkdale, from 17:30 to help encourage Alex as he reaches the finish line.

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Merseyrail to support four more local charities

Merseyrail has announced the four charities it will be supporting for the next two years through events, promotions, and network wide collections. The charities that will be supported over the next two years have been chosen after being nominated by staff across the network. They are Centre 56, Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, Blackburne House and Parkinson’s Wirral.

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Royal honour for Merseyrail charity champion

Merseyrail’s Community Involvement Manager, Sally Ralston, was presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM) following her recognition in the inaugural King’s honours list. She was nominated for her work which over the years has raised close to £1m for local charities and community organisations.

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