NEWS ROUNDUP: Kirkby station & green buses
The latest news update for the region
Liverpool's coronavirus rate has dropped to below 50 cases per 100,000 people for the first time in more than five months. According to data released by Liverpool Council, the latest infection rate was 48.2 cases per 100,000 people in the week up to March 16. The city recorded 240 cases in those seven days.
Trains are running as normal again from Kirkby station after a train that derailed was cleared from the tracks. There were no serious injuries in the crash last Saturday evening that saw the train hit the buffers at Kirkby. All twelve passengers and two crew members were able to walk away from the crash.
Liverpool City Council is to embark on a multi-million pound journey to clean up emissions from the city's buses. The council's cabinet approved to accept a £3.3m fund to convert the engines of 200 buses, as part of a wider programme to improve Liverpool's air quality. The funding comes from the Department of Transport and the council will now set out a timeline to create a cleaner, greener fleet with Merseytravel, which has also begun decarbonising the region's buses.
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