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Free travel for NHS staff on Liverpool City Region transport

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Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains.

They'll be able to travel for free on production of a valid NHS staff pass as they board the bus, at Merseyrail stations or on Merseyrail trains. It will come in to effect from Friday 10 April.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram

Announcing the move, Mayor Rotheram said: “We want to do everything we can to support our frontline NHS workers as they bravely battle the Coronavirus, so I’m very pleased that today Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail have responded to my call and agreed to provide free transport for our NHS heroes.

“This is the latest transport measure the Combined Authority and transport operators have been able to bring forward to support use of our transport network for essential journeys, including the temporary suspension of Mersey Tunnel tolls and relaxing the rules on concessionary travel for those who absolutely have to travel for medicines and other essential items.

“The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.”

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has also announced free tram travel on the Metrolink for NHS and social care workers from Saturday 11 April.

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