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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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Trains update after derailment

Northern Rail has said trains into and out of Manchester will continue to be disrupted after a charter train derailed yesterday.

The following services will be subject to delays and disruption this morning:

  • Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria services will start and terminate at Earlestown
  • Southport to Manchester Airport services are diverting into Manchester Victoria
  • Preston to Buxton/Hazel Grove services are cancelled until further notice
  • Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport services are cancelled until further notice
  • Kirkby to Manchester Victoria services will start and terminate at Wigan Wallgate
  • Southport to Manchester Victoria services will start and terminate at Salford Crescent

These services will run normally, though may be busier than usual:

  • Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington
  • Manchester Victoria to Blackpool
  • Manchester Victoria to Wigan via Bolton
  • Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe via Blackburn

Rail replacement bus services will run from Manchester Oxford Road to Salford Crescent and from Manchester Victoria to Earlestown.

Passengers are also being advised to check with National Rail Enquiries before they travel.

Transport select committee to hold inquiry into West Coast Mainline contract on October 31

The Department for Transport has many serious questions to answer about what went wrong with the West Coast Main Line franchise competition and the wider ramifications for the other complex contractual negotiations it is involved in, such as the Thameslink rolling stock procurement.

I have written to the Secretary of State to find out more about the reviews he has ordered, the staff who have been suspended and the reporting lines to ministers ahead of the hearing we will hold on October 31.

– Louise Ellman MP, House of Commons Transport Committee chairman

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Northern Hub rail upgrade part of £9billion project

The Northern Hub rail upgrade is part of a £9.4billion package of investment the Government is announcing today.

The Government said the package would be funded "in part from fare rises already announced in 2010 and also from the substantial efficiency savings which projects like electrification will have on the long-term operating costs of the railways".

"From Crossrail, high-speed rail and now the billions of pounds of investment we are announcing today, this Government is committed to taking the long-term decisions to deliver growth and jobs.

"In what is the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era, this investment will mean faster journeys, more seats, better access to stations, greater freight links and a truly world-class rail network."

– David Cameron
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