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“Make it stop,” she kept telling the doctors. “Make it stop.”

Tiffany Countryman’s wish on Feb. 28, 2016, was futile.

“Make the labor stop,” she was saying. “It’s not time. It’s not time.”

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Business fears Mersey Gateway bridge tolls could hit trade

A Widnes[1] waste recycling and logistics firm has expressed concern over the impact that upcoming bridge tolls could have.

Earlier this month, the Weekly News reported the launch of Merseyflow and how tolls for the new Mersey Gateway crossing will work.

Halton[2] residents will be able to travel across both the Mersey Gateway and reopened Silver Jubilee Bridges for free after paying a £10 annual administration fee.

But businesses in the borough are facing tolls of up to £8 a crossing for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes and coaches weighing more than five tonnes.

PRW WSR Recycling on Ditton Road, Widnes.

WSR Recycling is based on Ditton Road with 50 full-time staff members, as well as a 17-strong HGV fleet which all weigh more than 12 tonnes and would be eligible for the most expensive toll fee.

One of the firm’s directors, Nick Prescott, said the impact the tolls will have on the business is in the ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’.

Mr Prescott stressed that though the business is not against tolls, he would like a ‘reasonable’ fee, a form of capping or a high user arrangement for the crossings.

He said: “We are a bit concerned about a cost that we’ve never had to incur before

“Every time you cross both ways, it’s £8 in each direction or £7.20, which is what we’ll be paying with the discount.

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Mersey Gateway bridge

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    Miracle machine finishes work

“We’re in the hundreds of thousands of pounds, with what we’ve looked at.

“The majority of our HGV fleet will be over the 12 tonne limit so every HGV we run is in the high user category.

“We’re not against the fees.

“We just want them to be realistic or capped to some form of management that we can cope with.

“We know it’s got to be paid for and we know that there’s got to be some form of fee, we’re never against that. We just want them to be sensible in what they’re doing.”

PRW WSR Recycling on Ditton Road, Widnes.

Roadworks near the Ditton Road site during the construction process have had a ‘massive impact’ on the firm, Mr Prescott said, and has led to an increase in some journey times of up to 100%.

Mr Prescott estimated that the cost impact of the tolls will add an extra 65p onto every tonne of waste processed by the firm and that the HGV fleet makes 400 return journeys a week.

Alternatives to using the bridges in order to reach the other side of the borough is using the motorway network surrounding Halton including the M62, M6 and M56.

Mr Prescott added that those currently travelling to the south towards the M6 and M56 via the M62 might continue using the route rather than the bridges when the Mersey Gateway opens.

PRW WSR Recycling on Ditton Road, Widnes.

He said: “The Port Of Liverpool has invested massively in the new cranes and there’s these deep sea ships that are going to be coming through so container traffic will grow.

“But the transport and logistics companies will probably be used to using other directions.

“Perhaps they will come back to the bridge if the prices are right.

“But I am sure that the £16 fee that they will have to encounter going both ways over the bridge, it’ll be cheaper just to stay on the 62 and then hit the M6 two junctions further up.

“It won’t cost them £16 to do that.”


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New apprenticeship launched with Stobart Group

Robin Brown (left) takes delivery from Dale Foster, of Stobart Group

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Robin Brown (left) takes delivery from Dale Foster, of Stobart Group

by Duncan Bick

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:17AM

Skills firm SP Training has launched a new apprenticeship programme with Stobart Group.

This is designed to create new jobs and address the national shortage of skilled HGV drivers.

The firms – which are both based in Carlisle – will deliver drivers primarily for the Stobart Energy division, a supplier of biomass in the UK which transports recycled wood to fuel biomass power stations nationally.

The programme has been launched by Stobart at its Carlisle, Widnes and Tilbury depots.

SP Training will be responsible for ensuring apprentices learn the skills necessary to obtain their rigid and articulated truck licences, as well as customer service and professional driver qualifications.

Stobart will then put the successful drivers through vehicle and operational training specific to the biomass transport division The logistics giant will also give apprentices health and safety training and pair the new drivers up with more experienced colleagues.

SP Training chairman Robin Brown said: “With a shortfall of over 60,000 drivers, the UK road haulage industry is facing a crisis – and this is a unique partnership between two Cumbrian companies determined to do something about it.

“The Stobart Group professional driver apprentice programme aims to tackle the problem head-on by providing highly-trained new drivers of any age to its ranks, and we are delighted to be working with both them and the next generation of drivers.”

Stobart Group head of human resources Joanna Secular-Hall said: “As the Stobart Energy division has expanded, we have experienced at first hand the need for more skilled drivers.

“Stobart Group is fully committed to developing professional driver apprenticeships and, with the help of SP Training, the intention is to fill those gaps with highly-trained drivers of our own.”

SP Training is based at Carlisle Airport and was set up last year by Mr Brown and Tony Higgins.

Stobart Group can trace its roots to the 1970s when it began as an offshoot of an agricultural contracting business in Hesket Newmarket.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:00AM

HGV drivers warned to avoid Runcorn Widnes bridge as Storm Doris takes hold

STORM Doris is already wreaking havoc across Halton.

High sided vehicles are being warned to avoid the Runcorn Widnes bridge.

Signs are up advising drivers to stay clear of the crossing due to high winds.

Boston Avenue in Runcorn is currently closed from Festival Way to the Red Admiral pub while highways staff remove a fallen tree.

Strong winds and rain are battering Runcorn and Widnes.

For safety reasons, Halton Council has closed Victoria Park and Hough Green Park for the rest of the day.

HGV And Trailer Technician job in Widnes

We have two excellent opportunities for HGV and Trailer Technicians to join our team in Widnes. Job Title: HGV and Trailer Technician Location: Widnes Shift Pattern: 50 hours per week Salary: £28,000 + Benefits including company pension and uniform Stobart Group is an Infrastructure and Support Services business operating in the biomass energy, railway maintenance and aviation sectors as well… View full job description[1]


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HGV Class 1 LGV CE job in Widnes at The Staffing Group

We are recruiting for professional HGV 1 / LGV C+E drivers for work out of our Widnes based Bluechip Supermarket distribution depot. Roles start immediately! Early AM Shfts only ranging betwen 01:00 – 05:00.Please note that if you are applying for full time positions, Sunday and monday will need to be one of your working days on your weekly rota.£11.00 to £15.00 per hour.Clean and easy work, store delivery work.All you would need to do is contact us for an appointment to book your assessment, once the assessment is successfully completed your rota starts!Roles Include :- HGV Class 1 Delivering Chilled and Frozen goods.Offloading via TailliftsExtra shifts available for those wishing to maximise their earningsMapped out routesOption to be employed as Paye or you can work as Limited Company.For further details please apply via the link and one of the Extra Driving team wil be in touch shortly.Extra Personnel is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy. View full job description[1]


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