Is Network Rail's multi-billion plan for rail expansion good news for the North West?
Councillors are set to approve the demolition of Preston bus station.
A report out today claims taxpayers face a 'significant' bill following a government U-turn over who operates trains in our region.
Buses are to drive at 20 miles per hour within Manchester city centre under a new voluntary code of conduct for operators.
All bus companies running services into the city centre are expected to sign up to the CityPLAN agreement which means drivers will stick to the limit within the inner ring road.
They'll drive at 10mph or less in busy locations such as Parker Street, Oldham Street and Shudehill Interchange.
Manchester City Council say they're looking into ways of creating more 20 mile per hour zones across the city. They also expect the move to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
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".
– David Cameron
"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."
A cluster of rail upgrades known as the "Northern Hub" are expected to be announced by the Government today.
They will include £322m of outstanding track and capacity upgrades across Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport and across to Liverpool.
According to reports the investment is on top of £477m of Northern Hub schemes already approved across the north of England, such as electrification of the North Trans-Pennine route between York and Manchester.
Metrolink, which runs Greater Manchester's trams, says the first service between Manchester Victoria and Oldham Mumps station will run on Wednesday, June 13.
It will run every 12 minutes, stopping at seven stations along the route.
The first service will leave Victoria at 5.24am.
It will take around 25 minutes to reach Oldham Mumps and will start the return journey at 6am.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "This is an historic day for Oldham and the Metrolink network.
"From next week, people will be able to make brand new journeys from brand new stops on brand new trams and tracks.
"For the first time, people will be able to travel to and from Monsall, Central Park, South Chadderton and Freehold on this line, so we are opening up new and exciting opportunities.
"Of course, Oldham is a brand new destination for Metrolink and I encourage everyone to take a tram ride to see all the great things the borough has to offer."
The new Northern Rail depot in Liverpool has created 46 jobs. The company says the facility will improve reliability and cut delays. It was officially opened this morning by Transport Minister Theresa Villiers.