Community partner on board for culture

Support for Liverpool’s major events is well on track thanks to the latest sponsor.

Merseyrail have become the Official Community Partner for this year’s programme of major events highlighting their commitment to the Liverpool city region.

The events include the visit of the three Cunard Queens in May, June’s International Mersey River Festival, the Transatlantic 175 weekend in July and the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) which takes place across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The partnership is part of Merseyrail’s commitment to supporting local communities around their network. Developing these relationships within the communities, and supporting regeneration in the Liverpool city region is at the heart of Merseyrail’s social responsibility values.

Merseyrail, managed by Merseytravel, will play a key role in getting people to and from major events in the city this year and will encourage people to plan their journey, consult the Merseyrail website and app for travel information and to allow plenty of time for their trip.

Alan Chaplin, Merseyrail’s interim managing director, commented: ‘It’s fantastic that the city is hosting such a spectacular selection of events, and we are thrilled to be part of these occasions.

“Attracting people to the Liverpool city region will boost jobs and productivity − all great news for communities and the local economy.”

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s wonderful news that this major rail operator has become an official partner for what is set to be a busy few months for Liverpool.

“This partnership demonstrates the important contribution one of our key transport providers is making towards the cultural vibrancy of the city, ensuring our communities continue to prosper through major events and education programmes which promote community engagement and social inclusion.

“The advertising alone is worth tens of thousands of pounds to the city and helps us spread the word about all the amazing activities that we have to look forward to.

“There is already a buzz around One Magnificent City, with people eager to be part of the historic Mersey meeting of the three Cunard Queens in May and our world record attempt in July.  So it’s great that we can build on an already strong working relationship with Merseyrail and work together to promote both the events and push that travel message so people can their plan their journeys and make sure they don’t miss out on what is set to be an unforgettable Summer.”

Over the last decade, Merseyrail has raised over £700,000 for local charities; set up over 40 station adoption schemes; established football teams for women and girls with Bootle FC; partnered local schools; and introduced Merseyrail Sound Station, a music competition for young people. In 2003, it introduced a charity of the year, last year raising £108,000 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. This year, there are two, the Community Link Foundation and Claire House Hospice.