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Man's body found at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens

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.

Transport Secretary 'can't be bothered commenting on unions'

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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Unions condemn new rail plans

"In reality these plans will condemn passengers to poor quality, unsafe and de-staffed services for years to come.

"The tender documents allow bidders to axe guards and move to driver-only operation, compromising safety in the interests of private profit.

"Any new trains are light years away with passengers forced to endure the misery of the clapped-out Pacers, and the ancient London Underground rolling stock that's heading North, way off into the future."

– Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT

Rail plans are 'pie-in-the-sky' says union

"This is all pie-in-the-sky electioneering by ministers who are using their taxpayer-funded posts to stage pre-election stunts at our expense.

"It cannot be coincidence that they are saying this in the North 10 weeks before Nick Clegg looks destined to lose his seat in Sheffield."

"They have had five years to do something about investing in rail in the North but have instead invested billions in the South. This is all too little, too late."

– Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union

More trains for North West

Outdated trains will be replaced under Government plans Credit: ITV Granada

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.

Redevelopment plans for Manchester Victoria Station Credit: Network Rail

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.

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