Rail passengers in the north are being promised more seats, services and trains by the Government. Northern and TransPennine franchises will be re-let next year, bidders will need to be able to introduce new trains and 200 new services.
Merseyside Police are investigating after the body of a man was found in St Helens.
Emergency services were called to Carr Mill Dam earlier today after a report of a man in the water.
Police say a full investigation is underway to identify the man and the cause of death.
Officers are treating the death as unexplained.
A garden in memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan is being built at his Isle of Man family home by the charity Forces Support.
Corporal Mike Gilyeat who was 28 died when the Chinook helicopter he was travelling in crashed in 2007.
Amy Mulhearn reports from the Isle of Man:-
Announcing promises that rail passengers in the north will get more seats, services and trains the Transport Secretary told Granada, "I can't be bothered with commenting on the RMT."
Patrick McLoughlin was responding to comments from rail unions that the plans are 'pie-in the-sky electioneering.'
"I thought the RMT would have welcomed it." He added, "all they seem to be able to do is to complain."
Northern and TransPennine franchises will be re-let next year, bidders will need to be able to introduce new trains and 200 new services.
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The number of seats on trains in the North West is to increase by a third, under Government plans to reduce overcrowding on the region’s rail network. There will also be an extra 200 services every day across the Northern and Trans Pennine rail franchises.
The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, will unveil the plans today on a visit to Victoria station in Manchester, which is currently undergoing a £44 million redevelopment programme. Mr McLauglin is calling for further investment in stations from companies interested in bidding for the new franchises.
Successful bidders will also be required to replace outdatedPacer trains on North West rail routes and accommodate more than 19,000 extra commuters in Manchester during the morning peak.