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NEWS ROUNDUP: Wirral’s covid rate & Kirkby train station

 

Your latest news update for the region

Wirral's infection rate has fallen to levels not seen since early September. In the week up to March 4, Wirral had 165 cases at a rate of 51 per 100,000. Not only is that a marked fall from the 295 cases registered last week, it is a decline which means Wirral is less infected than it was at the end of the second national lockdown in early December.
 
There have been renewed calls for the Government to level up regional inequalities after St Helens was ranked as one of the top 10 unhealthiest places in the UK. That is according to data released by the Office of National Statistics in collaboration with financial services company Lane Clark & Peacock. The collaboration resulted in the UK's first national health index, which ranked areas based on various health factors. These included dementia, cancer, obesity rates and alcohol misuse.
 
Kirkby's new train station has taken another major step forward with the approval of yet more money for the long-awaited scheme. The planned Headbolt Lane station has been awarded another £66m by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.  Plans for the station have been in the works since at least 2013, when it failed to secure funding, but a planning application for Headbolt Lane is expected later this year and it could be opened as soon as 2023.


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