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25 WINTER 2016 TRANSPORT Wirral loop line track renewal – How prepared is your business? We asked Merseyrail for the best advice: During Wirral loop line track renewal visit the Merseyrail website www. merseyrail.org for real time travel information and download the free Merseyrail app to plan your journey. Follow @merseyrail on Twitter where a dedicated social media team will provide up to the minute travel information and can answer any questions. Merseyrail have developed a Stakeholder Toolkit to help businesses and organisations across the Liverpool City Region communicate key information regarding Wirral loop line track renewal to their staff, customers and suppliers. This contains a digital version of the Passenger Information Booklet, posters, adverts and digital resources. Simply download at www.merseyrail.org/toolkit Merseyrail would be happy to provide any bespoke marketing materials stakeholders require to enhance their communications. Please email any requests to Jen Abram at jabram@ merseyrail.org Breakfast clubs to flexing working hours … Businesses and organisations have been sharing what they’re planning to put in place during the Wirral loop line track renewal works (from 3rd January) to help them to continue to operate effectively and help minimise the impact for their staff. At the Chamber we are no exception as Rich Daly, Commercial Manager, explained: “While we acknowledge that these works may result in some short-term pain with extended commuting times, we believe it will be worth it for the long-term gain of a robust public transport network that helps support and drive the local economy. We have come up with a number of schemes and ideas to help staff during the slab-track works, including: • Encouraging staff to continue using public transport to avoid significant congestion in the Mersey Tunnels and on surrounding routes. • Extending our core hours from 9am – 5pm to 7am – 6pm, giving staff the chance to come in earlier and leave later to allow for longer travelling times or to travel when the transport network is likely to be less busy. • Ensuring that the staff who are able to have the ability to work from home have the necessary technology to do so by us undertaking a tech audit. • Working with staff on an individual basis to support those with childcare issues, acknowledging that with the works potentially extending commute times, this may affect dropoff and pick-up of children


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