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Claims of 'chronic underfunding by £6 billion' compared to London

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham angry over shortfall Credit: PA

A think tank claims the North West is suffering from chronic underfunding to the tune of 6- billion pounds a year compared to London.

It comes as the Government decided to back the multi- billion pound Crossrail Two scheme in London at the expense of electrification of key routes in the North.

The region's politicians say the new findings are frightning reading:

Anger over region 'missing out' on rail money

There's anger tonight, that just days after after being told that rail electrification in the North West is being cut, multi- billion pound Government backing has been given for London's Crossrail Two scheme.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester says the region has yet again missed out on desperately needed investment at the expense of the South West.

Andy Burnham says people in our region have every right to to feel frustrated:

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Disruption to Merseyside commuters for six weeks

There will be no cross-river rail services between The Wirral and Liverpool for six weeks Credit: PA

The 'Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal' programme starts in the new year which will mean no cross-river rail services between the Wirral and Liverpool for six weeks.

Merseytravel are encouraging rail commuters to stick with public transport in order to ease congestion on the roads. However, increased traffic is expected especially through the tunnels.

The work will begin on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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  • Road users can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 to keep up to date with road conditions.

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Major train disruption due to vandalism

There is major disruption on the trains this morning caused by vandalism at Salford Crescent. We're told some services won't be back up and running until 4pm, there are some replacement buses. The advice is to check before you travel. Trains are cancelled and delayed between:

  • Manchester Airport and Preston.
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Bolton,
  • Manchester PiccadillyChester
  • Manchester Piccadilly Newton-le-Willows
  • Manchester Oxford Rd to Liverpool

Northern Rail - Travel Update

Manchester Piccadilly – Stoke this line is not expected to reopen this evening

Manchester Piccadilly – Crewe this line is not expected to reopen this evening

Manchester Piccadilly – Chester debris on the line

Manchester Piccadilly – Buxton tree on the line at Whaley Bridge

Manchester Piccadilly – Styal overhead line problems

Southport - Wigan - tree on line at Bescar Lane line not expected to reopen this evening

Lancaster - Carnfoth / Morecambe - line not expected to reopen this evening

Search for man over 'indecent act' on train

A CCTV image of the man police want to speak to Credit: BTP

British Transport Police are searching for a man over an 'indecent act' in front of a woman passenger on a train from Manchester Airport.

The 49-year-old woman was confronted by a man, late at night, as she travelled from the airport to Sheffield.

PC Matthew Peters, of British Transport Police, says: “When she turned around a man was performing an indecent act in front of her. The group alerted the train guard who removed the man from First Class and contacted police. Officers met the train at Sheffield but the man had already left."

Officers say they need to speak to the man seen in the CCTV images.

A CCTV image of the man police want to speak to Credit: BTP
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