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Crewe to London service is 'most overcrowded'

A train from Crewe to London Euston is the most overcrowded service in the country, according to the Department for Transport.

The Crewe to Euston service operates at 201% of its capacity Credit: Creative Commons

The London Midland service operates at 201% of its capacity. The company says it had operated at "the maximum allowed at that time for the combination of the train path and the rolling stock available".

It also said the service had operated at eight-car carriages since December 2013.


Jobs created at Bentley headquarters in Crewe

Bentley's headquarters in Crewe Credit: PA

Luxury carmaker Bentley is creating over 140 jobs.

More than 50 apprentices will be taken on at the company's headquarters in Crewe, as well as 90 engineers.

Bentley is expanding its model range under an £800 million investment over three years.

The announcement follows a record year in 2013, when the company built more than 10,000 models, the highest in its 95-year history.

100 new jobs at Bentley in Crewe

Bentley Motors Credit: PA

Bentley motors are creating 100 new jobs at their headquarters in Crewe.

The factory is to become a centre of excellence for Volkswagen W12 engine production.

W12 engine Credit: Bentley

Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: “This is an important step, not just for Bentley but also for the UK manufacturing sector.

This W12 centre of excellence is recognition of the long standing engine manufacturing expertise we have that has resulted in performance improvements across the model ranges over recent years.

The production of this advanced engine and its future generations will bring new technologies and skills to Crewe.”

TRAVEL: Liverpool Lime Street - Crewe

No trains will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe until approximately 10:00 because of overhead wire damage near Runcorn that was sustained during yesterday's storm.

London Midland and Virgin Trains passengers can use Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express services between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly to connect with alternate services to and from Crewe.


Massive fire at greenhouses in Crewe

An inquiry is underway after a big fire at a set of commercial greenhouses in Crewe.

Roads were closed and some nearby homes had to be evacuated at Hutchins on Herbert Street.

It affected a high voltage electricity cable, and power to some homes had to be cut.

Police want to trace youths in connection with Poppy collection theft

British Transport Police has released CCTV images of three youths who officers want to speak to about the theft of a Poppy Appeal charity box.

The theft happened around 4.30pm on Friday, 8 November, at the WH Smith shop on platform five at Crewe rail station.

CCTV images show youths in WH Smith's at Crewe station Credit: British Transport Police

Inspector Sonja Simister said: “Three youths entered the shop and, whilst two distracted the member of staff at the checkout, the third cut the zip tie securing the collection box, picked up the box and walked out of the shop.

“Once the theft was reported to us officers conducted a number of enquiries which revealed the youths got on board a train heading to Stoke on Trent.

“Further officers were deployed to Stoke, but the culprits were not on board. We believe they left the train at either Alsager or Kidsgrove.”

CCTV images show youths in WH Smith's at Crewe station Credit: British Transport Police

Insp Simister added: “This was a despicable theft, targeting a charity set up to help the families of, and remember, those soldiers who have given their lives to protect countless people across the world.

“I am determined to trace those responsible and am calling on anyone with information about the theft, or who recognises the youths pictured, to call us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

CCTV images show youths in WH Smith's at Crewe station Credit: British Transport Police
CCTV images show youths in WH Smith's at Crewe station Credit: British Transport Police
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