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NEWS ROUNDUP: Derailed train & parks protected

 

Your latest news update for the region

Coronavirus rates across most of Merseyside continue to linger around 50 cases per 100,000 people as the region moves closer towards further lockdown easing. Many boroughs had seen sustained and significant falls in virus levels since they peaked in early January but things have plateaued in most areas over the past week.

Liverpool City Council has announced that all of the city's parks are to be protected forever. In a unique partnership with the charity Fields in Trust, the council will become the first local authority to adopt this vision, ensuring that the outdoor areas will not be built on or sold off, safeguarding them and ensuring a tangible legacy for local communities.

The train that derailed at Kirkby Station on Saturday evening has been cleared from the tracks. Damage to the train’s wheels meant engineers had to load it onto a “skate” – a set of smaller wheels – before it could be taken back to the depot at Kirkdale. Now the train is cleared, engineers can assess the damage done to the track and the platform and begin repairs following the crash.


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