Farewell, Little Yellow Bus

It’s the end of the line for Birkenhead’s free eco-bus service. From September 3, the Hamilton Quarter Circular (as it’s so catchily known) will be cancelled. The Wirral Globe had this to say when they were first launched in 1998:

ELECTRIC powered ‘eco-buses’ are now running around Birkenhead town
centre. Mayor Margaret Green launched Jupiter, the free service shuttle
for shoppers, commuters and other passengers. It provides regular
services between the Woodside Ferry Terminal, tourist Hamilton Quarter,
Birkenhead’s new bus station and Conway Park stopping at SMART-ECO bus
shelters.

Six zero-emission electric vehicles, full accessability
for disabled people, are being used in the experiment. The long-term
plan is to cut down on the number of motorists using cars in the town
centre.

I can only assume that lack of use was the problem, which begs the question of why didn’t they run a better route? If the buses had run to the top end of town, where more shops are located, rather than the relatively deserted Kwik Save/Old Co-op carpark, to Woodside and Hamilton Square, then more people would use them. Maybe if they were better publicised, too, they would have been more effective at drawing people from the ferry terminal, up to the Wirral Museum and then on to the shops, or the Williamson Gallery. Still, they lasted almost 8 years, but from next week, Birkenhead’s milk floats will have nothing else to race against. Farewell, Eco-1.

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Saving Lairds

News came out this week that Northwestern Shiprepairers are bidding to purchase the Cammell Laird name and trademark. Cammell Laird’s administrators, KPMG, are auctioning off the assets to the highest bidder, and everyone with an interest in the company can only hope that Northwestern, who occupy and work from the northern end of the Lairds site, are successful. Good luck to them.

Symbols of Wirral

If Wirral was to use one feature, be it a landmark or an historical symbol, what would it be? Would it be the Wirral Horn? The Mersey Ferry (which, nowadays, is more a symbol of Liverpool, rather than the Wirral owned and operated entity it always was.)? Parkgate? Bidston Hill? (The Former) Cammell Lairds? What could it be that would bring our area into someone’s thoughts?

A Call To Arms!

The Wirral Show has been and gone, Nautical has set sail, Tiger burned bright at the Open, but there’s still much more to come in Wirral this summer!

I have some photos of the Show (mainly the Household Cavalry) that will be uploaded and posted just as soon as I bother myself to de-phone them. But I need some help from our readership (And a big thankyou to all those who have helped this blog jump to more than 500 hits in the last two weeks, it’s a great start!).

I can post up the information to any event I hear about, but I don’t get to hear about absolutely everything! If you know of an event or a happening in Wirral, from a church fete to the Queen dropping round for tea, please, please, tell us. Drop a mail to leftbank@nerdshack.com or comment on the Contact Us page above.

Reviews of events and coments on local affairs are also welcome, to the above email address. In particular, I’m looking for your thoughts on this weekend’s Show, for a review that will be posted when the photographs are uploaded.

This blog can be a great way of getting news of your event out to the world, feel free to use and abuse us.

leftbank@nerdshack.com

New Brighton Scheme Rejected

The Government have thrown out Neptune’s controversial scheme for New Brighton’s regeneration.

While it’s all well and good arguing the toss about heritage and NIMBYism (and there’ll be plenty of that to come…), what needs to happen now is for all sides to sit down and find a proposal that will work for the resort.
As it is, New Brighton is a great example of a dead resort. Nothing that is there at the moment will draw people from outside the area to it as happened before.

Our neighbours are in the midst of their biggest period of building and growth since the war, we need the same. The emphasis there is on need.

Please, Wirral Borough Council and neptune, dust yourself down and get back to the drawing board.