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Protest at planned power plant

More than a thousand people have signed a petition to stop plans for a gas power plant near Old Hutton, in Cumbria..

Developer, Stratera Energy, says the site is ideally located next to a substation and could provide much needed electricity, but local people say it's in the wrong place. Chris Nelson is from the action group Stop Old Hutton Power Station.

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Work starts on £22M road scheme for Liverpool

Work is to start on creating a new dual carriageway for a major route into Liverpool city centre. The first phase of the works will be at the city centre junction of Leeds Street and King Edward Street. During off-peak times, the junction may be reduced to single lane running and motorists heading north and east out of the city centre from The Strand are advised to expect extended journey times and consider using alternative routes. This part of the project is expected to be completed by Winter 2017.

Train staff to strike over pay deal

Workers at a train maintenance company, based in Crewe, are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Arriva TrainCare will walk out later. The RMT said the company was not prepared to negotiate pay because it was not the recognised union for its employees.

The company should wake up and take notice of the anger amongst their workforce over the pay issue.

Instead they have ignored their staff and offered an insulting increase that systematically undermines our members' standard of living.

– RMT general secretary, Mick Cash

Work ramps up to build new tram line to Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/PA Images

Work to build a new six-stop Metrolink line to the busy Trafford Park industrial estate and intu Trafford Centre will ramp up this month.

The road closures will be introduced in three phases and will remain in force for approximately three years.

  • From today Mosley Road will be closed south at its junction with Village Way, which will also include a footway closure on the south side of Village Way
  • The second phase will include a closure of Wharf End and Victoria Place, a footway closure of Sir Alex Ferguson Way and a 30mph speed limit on Park Way. This will come into effect on Monday 22 May.
  • From Monday 19 June, Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way will become one way eastbound. Further closures of adjoining roads will also be necessary at times.

Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and local bus services will be re-routed.

Road users are encouraged to allow more time for their journeys.

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