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New Liver Bird for Liverpool

Artist's impression of new Liver Bird

Liverpool's getting a new Liver Bird.

"The Spirit of Liverpool" is a six foot statue of the historic emblem of the city and is being erected at the entrance to Merseyrail's Central Station.

Local businesses are being invited to sponsor the new sculpture, located in what's described as the busiest underground station outside London.


Merseyrail tops passenger poll

Merseyrail train Credit: Merseyrail

Merseyrail has come joint top for overall satisfaction in the National Passenger Survey.The company scored 92 per cent for value for money; staff attitude and availability; the upkeep and repair of the station buildings and platforms and ticket-buying facilities.

91 per cent of Merseyrail passengers polled were satisfied with punctuality and reliability, 13 percentage points above the national average.

Merseyrail guard to face trial in November

Georgia Varley, 16, died at James Street Station in October

Georgia Varley died in James Street underground station last October.

It is thought she got off her Wirral Line train a stop too early and slipped between the carriage and the platform.

Mr McGee is accused of failing to carry out a final safety check before giving the signal for the train to depart.

He will face trial at Liverpool Crown Court in November.


Merseyrail guard pleads not guilty to causing death of girl at station

A train guard has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a 16-year-old girl at a Liverpool train station.

Christopher McGee, from Edenhurst Avenue in Egremont, is charged with the manslaughter of Georgia Varley.

The 45-year-old is also accused of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others.