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Rail Strike: Merseyrail Statement

Merseyrail have issued the following statement following the decision of the Rail Trade Union, RMT to strike.

Network RailFollowing a rejection of the latest pay deal offered by Network Rail, the rail trade union, RMT, has announced that members will be taking 24 hours strike action from 1700 Thursday 4 June through to 1659 on Friday 5 June 2015.

A further 48 hours of action will take place from 1700 on Tuesday 9 until Thursday 11 June. In addition there will be action short of a strike from 0001 Saturday 6 June to 2359 on Friday 12 June 2015.

RMTThis action will mean that many of the signal boxes and electrical control rooms controlling Merseyrail’s train services will be affected. We are currently working with Network Rail to understand the full impact of the industrial action and we are not yet in a position to provide full details of the impact on our train services.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing rail operators and Network Rail, said:

“Should the RMT’s industrial action go ahead it will have a severe impact on millions of people’s travel plans and daily lives, disrupt vital freight deliveries across the country and harm the economy.

“The rail industry will work together to put in place contingency plans to manage disruption and make sure that passengers are kept informed with the latest travel information.”

Please keep checking the Merseyrail website for updates.

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#EdibleFormby Team Invite Public to 'Pick and Cook'

The #EdibleFormby team have launched a new initiative outside the small demonstration 'veg patch' in the grounds of Formby Pool.

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Four containers with a variety of herbs have been added to the newly landscaped play area outside the Pool Cafe. Residents and visitors alike are invited to take small samples of the herbs and use them in their cooking.

The team say,

We know that the Bridge Inn Community Farm project has successfully introduced a similar scheme at Formby Railway Station.

We hope that this is also positively received by local residents. So far the containers have been in place for over a week.

We tried the same thing last year, when the containers were closer to the Open Air Cafe and it all seemed to work.

Please let us know what you think or better still come and see us every Wednesday morning from 10.30 am in the 'veg patch'.

#Edible projects similar to this are common in towns and villages like Formby. The best example is in Todmorden, which has received world-wide attention. If you'd like to help the team expand and develop the project on a larger scale please use the email link in the right-hand column.

We have plans to open another small community veg garden elsewhere in Formby, if you're interested please contact us - leave your contact details with the staff in the Pool Cafe.

More Information: http://edibleformby.org.uk/