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Web of Transport September 4, 2008

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Merseyside’s intricate web of public transport is being strengthened as crowds gather for the spectacular “La Machine” in Liverpool.

The volume of people visiting the city is expected to be huge for the event; one of the highlights in the Capital of Culture calendar.

Merseytravel has been working with operators to ensure the network is fully prepared to deal with the influx of people.

Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said: “We are expecting big numbers of people to visit the city and enjoy this sensational event so our strong recommendation is to leave your car at home, come in by bus, train or ferry and leave plenty of time for your journey.”

Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, added: “If this event is anything like the Sultan’s Elephant in London then we can expect the road and public transport network to get a real test.

“We have been working hard with our operating colleagues and our partners to make sure we are ready to take the strain and we are strengthening services, particularly on the rail network, wherever we can.”
For advice, people visiting the city are urged to contact Merseytravel’s Traveline team on 0871 200 22 33.”

Extra members of the team will staff phones later into the evening to help people find the best way to attend the event. Traveline will be open from 7am to 8pm on Friday, 8am to 8pm on Saturday and 8am until 10.30pm on Sunday, when the event is due to come to a sensational conclusion.

The focus of the event will move to Pier Head tomorrow (Friday). As a result Mersey Ferries will be running additional services from Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals on Friday evening, with extended direct services running every half hour up until 8.45pm.

Because of the complexities of this large scale event, bus services into and out of the city centre will be disrupted. Passengers can call Merseytravel’s Traveline team for the latest information.
Northern Rail will be strengthening services from Lime Street Station on Saturday from 5pm onwards, as well as almost all day on Sunday.

Merseyrail will be strengthening trains (i.e. increasing to six carriages) on major routes on Friday evening after 7pm, most of Saturday and all day on Sunday.

The Mersey Tunnels will also play a key role in the breathtaking climax of the event on Sunday evening. As a result, the Queensway Tunnel will be fully closed to traffic from 6am on Sunday until 6.30am on Monday morning.

During this period all traffic wishing to cross under the River Mersey should use the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel.

La Princess Progress Details September 4, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Arena & Convention Centre, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Events, Liverpool.
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Well we’ve all had a good look at her now. Whilst some people have commented here that spiders aren’t their favourite creatures, it has to be admitted that La Princess is pretty spectacular. I mean, how often do we get to see a giant steampunk mechanical spider hanging off one the city centre’s ugliest buildings? Never, I say!

So, in keeping with the growing La Machine obsession, here’s a list of what she will be up to over the coming weekend. It’s accurate as far as we know, but if we hear of any changes we’ll let you know.

Thursday 4th September

11.30h The creature is craned off Concourse Tower.
12.30h The convoy carries the creature and sets off for the Research base at ACC.
13.00h The convoy arrives at the Research Base.

Friday 5th September

11.30h The scientists perform experiments on the creature using different special effects to see how it responds to different stimuli. The creature wakes up and is prevented from running away by a wall of Chinese firecrackers and by a fire effect. Eventually the creature is sent to sleep by a snow machine.
18.00h The creature wakes and parades to Salthouse Dock.
19.30h The creature arrives at the Dock and takes a bath, accompanied by live music. After her bath, she is dried and perfumed.
20.30h The creature sets off for Cunard Building.
21.00h The creature arrives at Cunard Building. It begins to snow gently and she falls asleep.

Saturday 6th September
11.30h The creature wakes up in the middle of a magical snowscape, and is serenaded with music.
12.30h The creature goes to sleep again.
14.45h The creature leaves Cunard Building and walks up Water Street.
15.30h The creature arrives at Town Hall – smoke effect.
15.40h The creature walks towards Derby Square along Castle Street.
16.00h Water ballet at Derby Square.
16.15h The creature walks down Lord Street to Holy Corner where it is snowing.
17.00h The creature sleeps.
18.30h The creature wakes and walks down Parker Street, serenaded on the way.
20.00h A tempest rages at Ranelagh Place.
20.30h The creature arrives at Concourse Tower, climbs up the tower and goes to sleep.

Sunday 7th September

15.00h The creature wakes up and is prepared for the evening’s entertainment.
16.00h The creature goes back to sleep.
19.30h Cherry-pickers and musicians arrive.
20.00h The creature is removed from the tower with a crane.
20.30h The convoy leaves the tower and parades to Queensway Tunnel entrance.
21.15h The creature tries to escape, but is prevented from doing so by the special effect machines.
21.30h Finale at Queensway tunnel.

Sounds like she’ll be having a nice time!

La Princess Is Here! September 3, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Events, Liverpool, World Wide Web.
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Quick! Get a rolled up newspaper!

Quick! Get a rolled up newspaper!

So she’s arrived!

Crouching on the side of Concourse Tower is Liverpool’s latest resident, La Princess. She’s been created by La Machine to creep her way through the city over the coming weekend. We’ll be rushing up there later to gawk at her like slack-jawed yokels.

If you haven’t guessed what she is yet, where have you been? She’s been outed on Facebook, Flickr, Popbitch and, um,  here, and people in the street have been overheard discussing her.  Let’s just say if you need another hint, Orwell’s famous maxim from ‘Animal Farm’ didn’t go far enough…


That pic was lifted from the Facebook group. More pics over there.

The BBC has a detailed route and itinerary for La Princess here.