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NEWS ROUNDUP: Supermarket fine & Brian Epstein Project

 

Your lates news update for the region 

 

Two men have been fined thousands of pounds for failing to wear a mask at a supermarket. In separate incidents in January, the two men were stopped by police who had gone to Asda in Huyton to monitor compliance. The Huyton branch had previously generated several complaints about customers not wearing masks.

 

Testing of the new, state of the art trains for the region is moving to the next level as they are heading out onto the Merseyrail network during normal service hours. The £500m fleet will be will the greenest and most accessible in the country. They are a key part of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for a London-style transport network that seeks to make it as quick, easy, and reliable for people to travel around the region by taking greater local control of public transport and linking different modes of transport together. This is the first-time local people may catch sight of the trains in action as up until now test runs have been taking place overnight. With more than 1,700 hours already on the clock, a further 7 trains already at Kirkdale depot will be put through their paces with dynamic testing taking place on the Northern Line, while the current trains are also running. All the new trains will be dynamically tested before they enter service. Although the new trains will be stopping at every station, passengers are strongly reminded that they can’t board and should stand clear on platforms for safety reasons.

 

The Brian Epstein Legacy Project – which is being relaunched following a pause in activity due to the pandemic - will see the creation of a statue of the late legendary music entrepreneur, while additional money that is raised will be dedicated to developing a wider legacy in his memory. The appeal is currently a third of the way towards an initial £60,000 target for the proposed new statue which will be created by renowned Liverpool sculptor Andy Edwards and sited at a key Liverpool location yet to be revealedGenerous sums have so far been received from people in more than a dozen countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and France – as well as a substantial anonymous donation. Now it is hoped the appeal will go on to raise a minimum of £100,000, enabling it to further honour Brian’s energy and vision

 

 


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