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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.


Woman tells of ordeal while backpacking in Australia

A young woman from Bury has described her terror after being held against her will on a backpacking holiday to Australia.

Mary Kate Heys, who's 20, accepted a lift from a 22 year old man in the state of Queensland, on Australia's east coast.

But when the driver started acting strangely she feared for her life.

Miri secretly managed to text her dad back home in the UK, who alerted the police in Australia.

TRAVEL: M60 blocked both ways due to police incident

Credit: ITV News Granada Reports
  • M60 blocked anticlockwise between junction 21 at Hollinwood and Junction 20 at Higher Blackley due to a police incident on a bridge over the carriageway.
  • M60 blocked clockwise between junction 19 at Heaton Park and junction 20 at Higher Blackley .
  • A664 Manchester New Road both ways closed due to police incident between Mossway and A6104 Victoria Avenue.


TRAVEL: Disruption to rail services due to overrunning engineering works

Rail services in Lancashire and Cumbria are disrupted due to engineering works not being finished in time.

  • All lines are blocked between Preston and Oxenholme Lake District
  • Coaches have been requested to replace services at Lancaster, Preston, Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith & Carlisle
  • Tickets for services between Preston and Oxenholme Lake District are being accepted on Virgin Trains East Coast, Scot Rail and Cross Country, via any reasonable route
  • Replacement bus services in place between Kendal, Windermere and Oxenholme

TRAVEL: Heavy rain causes flash flooding across the North West

More flooding is expected across the region today following torrential downpours.

Roads have been closed after heavy rain caused flash flooding at the weekend. Credit: Neil Deakin

Flash floods are affecting the following roads in the North West:

  • Parts of the A530 Middlewhich road in Cheshire is closed
  • A5102 Bramhall Lane in Greater Manchester is closed

Flood alerts remain in place in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. United Utilities says it is trying to help everyone affected.

You can sign up for flood warnings on the Environment Agency's website and find the latest information on its Twitter account, @EnvAgencyNW. Alternatively, you can call the Flood Line on 0345 988 1188.

Rail services between Hazel Grove, Stockport, and Buxton are suspended until at least Wednesday. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Replacement buses are running in place of Northern Rail services between Buxton and Hazel Grove in Stockport after a landslip at Middlewood station.

The line is not expected to reopen until Wednesday morning at the earliest.

The firm says it is working with Network Rail to return services to normal as soon as possible.

You can find regular updates or check your journey before traveling on the Journey Checkwebsite. You can also Tweet Northern Rail via @northernassist

Part of Mancunian Way's been closed since a sinkhole opened up after heavy rain last summer. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Mancunian Way is completely closed for two days before it fully reopens following repairs to a sinkhole that opened up last summer.

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