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The Bridewell prison closed down in 1997 Credit: ITV News.

One of Liverpool's oldest prisons is being turned into a luxury hotel.

The Bridewell prison closed down in 1997.

It was home to thousands of the city's criminals since the late 19th century.

It's got a unique history in Liverpool and there's nothing else like it."

– Lee Darwen, Operations Director.
How the cells have been transformed. Credit: ITV News.


Former prison to become luxury hotel

One of liverpool's historic prisons is to be turned into a hotel.

The Bridewell is 150 a fifty years old and has nearly 50 cells spread over four floors.

The last prisoners left more than 15 years ago but developers hope to welcome paying guests soon.

They plan to convert the Victorian Jail into an 85 room hotel.

Flights to resume to Isle of Man from Blackpool

Flights are resuming to the Isle of Man from Blackpool Airport next month. They stopped when the airport went out of business last year. Citywing will be reinstating double daily flights between the Isle of Man and Blackpool from 1st April 2015.

We are so pleased by this positive conclusion to our negotiations with Blackpool and that it will be open once again for flights to the Isle of Man and Belfast from 1st April. We have remained committed to seeing this historic and vital air link to Blackpool reopen, and we are hugely satisfied to once again be able to offer this route to our customers.

We would like to extend our thanks to the UK Civil Aviation Authority and both Airports for their assistance in bringing these discussions and plans to a positive conclusion.

– David Buck, Managing Director, Citywing

BAE Systems launches new £15.6m training academy

BAE Systems has announced it is launching a new £15.6m training academy.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA

The announcement came as Prime Minister David Cameron visited its Warton base to launch a new apprenticeship scheme.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA

During his visit, the Prime Minister spoke to more than 300 apprentices from companies across the North West.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA

Action to highlight housing shortage

Staff from housing associations on Merseyside are walking, running and cycling as part of a campaign to highlight the housing shortage across the region. Housing trusts are saying that demand for housing is far outstripping supply. A new report shows that over the next 20 years in the North West alone, there will be 360,000 new families needing a home, but at current building rates, more than half will have nowhere to live.

Merseyside Housing trusts want action to solve the housing crisis Credit: PA


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.

Ideas wanted for Lancashire landmark

A competition has been launched to find designs for the redevelopment of Preston's famous bus station. Lancashire County Council wants to create a new youth zone and public space on the site.

The bus station was granted Grade II listed status in 2013 Credit: Lancashire County Council

The plans will lead to an investment of around £13m while always seeking to preserve the building's Grade II listed architecture.

It's important that we protect the integrity of this listed building, while creating an exciting new facility for generations of our young people."

– Jennifer Mein, Leader, Lancashire County Council

Many more new homes needed in North West

Less than two thirds of new homes needed in the north west were built last year. That's according to National Housing Federation figures that show only 12 000 homes were built out of the 19 000 needed to keep pace with demand. Experts warn the lack of supply is pricing many people out of owning or privately renting a home in their local area.

New homes under construction in Belle Vale, Liverpool Credit: PA

The federations report says failure to build enough homes is already pushing prices out of the reach. It estimates an annual income of at least £36,000 is needed to afford a typical mortgage in the North West.

Universal credit rolled out from North West

Controversial benefits shake-up Credit: PA Images

A controversial shake-up of the benefits system that was piloted here in the North West is rolled out across the country, this morning.

Universal credit combines six benefits - including housing benefit, JSA and tax credits - into one single payment.

The scheme's been criticised by the National Audit Office as badly managed and failing to deliver on its targets.

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