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Bus users in Ellesmere Port & Neston were dealt a blow this week, when they learned of plans by the operator Aintree Coaches to withdraw the 272 service between the two towns, as well as the number 7 service connecting Overpool and parts of Great Sutton to Ellesmere Port town centre.

Justin Madders MP has worked with local groups to set up petitions against the changes and is encouraging residents to sign and demonstrate their support for the services. He is also seeking an urgent meeting with the operator and will ask them to reconsider their “hasty” decision.

The loss of the 272 service, which links Ellesmere Port and Neston, via Hooton station would have a severe impact on a range of groups. A number of young people from Neston who go to college in Ellesmere Port would be impacted, as would those commuting to Liverpool or Ellesmere Port for work. Older people who travel between the dispersed communities of Hooton, Willaston, Childer Thornton, Little Sutton and the leisure and retail opportunities in Ellesmere Port would also be impacted.

Meanwhile, the withdrawal of the number 7 would leave many older people isolated, as they would find it much more difficult and expensive to access shops, banks and health service. The campaigners argue that this is an area that is continuing to see a high level of housing development, which over time is likely to improve the viability of the service.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“Aintree Coaches have benefited from loyal customers using these routes for years, so it is deeply concerning that they have decided to unilaterally withdraw the services without any consultation. As the local Member of Parliament, the first I heard was when I resident told me they had been informed by a bus driver – this is completely unacceptable.

“These services provide a lifeline to the communities that they serve and terminating them in this way will cause people to lose their jobs, their training and their access to vital services.

“This decision has been made in an unduly hasty way, so I am calling on the operator to urgently think again and look at whether anything can be done to improve viability and save the routes. I hope that people will join with me in demonstrating their opposition to these proposals.”

The 272 petition can be accessed here: https://www.change.org/p/aintree-coaches-save-the-272-bus

The 7 petition can be accessed here: https://www.change.org/p/aintree-coaches-save-the-7-bus-in-ellesmere-port

Petitions launched to save threatened local bus services

Bus users in Ellesmere Port & Neston were dealt a blow this week, when they learned of plans by the operator Aintree Coaches to withdraw the 272 service between the...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.

Justin said:

“More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be; as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

“I am totally committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, both locally and nationally. If any of my constituents is worried that something is wrong I would urge them to visit their GP, who will either be able to put their mind at rest or refer them for further testing. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Being aware of key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

• Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
• A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
• Unexplained weight loss
• Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
• A pain or lump in your tummy

Visit Bowel Cancer UK or Beating Bowel Cancer’s website to find out more bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org

Justin pledges to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. Justin said: “More than...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to the charity and ask questions about their condition.

At a recent Parliamentary event Justin met people living with arthritis, who explained how the condition can affect their lives in different ways – from going to work, to coping with the daily tasks such as cooking or driving that many of us take for granted.

Justin said:

“I was shocked to learn that in Ellesmere Port and Neston, 8,017 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the knee, 4,720 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the hip, and 16,262 live with back pain. Too many people locally are living with daily pain, fatigue, and isolation. This is unacceptable.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that constituents living with arthritis get the support they need, and I urge people affected to reach out to Arthritis Research UK at www.arthritisresearchuk.org/askus for expert information.

“Together, we can do more to fight the devastating impact that arthritis has on the lives of more than 17.8 million people across the UK.”

MP supports people living with arthritis in Ellesmere Port and Neston

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to...


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