A man has fallen from a motorway bridge in Cheshire and been killed by a lorry, shutting a key section of the road during rush hour.
Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has strongly attacked the HS2 rail project saying its economic benefits are "highly contentious".
A marked wind chill develops this week as winds increase
There is disruption on the trains this morning due to the fire in Salford.
The services affected are:
- Northern Rail between Manchester Victoria & Newton-le-Willows
- First Transpennine Express between Manchester Piccadilly & Wigan North Western
- Arriva Trains Wales between Manchester Piccadilly & Warrington Bank Quay
- Disruption on Northern Rail between Manchester Victoria & Liverpool Lime Street
A number of rail replacement services have been put in place. Click here for the latest.
M6 Northbound lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down vehicle at J21A M62 (Croft Interchange).
Services have resumed, but please expect residual delays, thank you.
We have the line back, but please expect delays and cancellations, sorry for this morning's disruption.
If you're affected by the signalling problem at Manchester Piccadilly there is a list of alternative services that can be used.
Virgin Train customers can use:
- Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and Preston
- First TransPennine Express services between Preston and Manchester
- London Midland services between Crewe and Birmingham New Street
- Virgin Trains services between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester
Cross Country customers can use:
- CrossCountry services between Preston and and Birmingham New Street and between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester
- East Midlands Trains services between London St Pancras International and Sheffield
A signalling problem is resulting in serious delays through Manchester Piccadilly.
All services are affected and currently:
- Trains are currently unable to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport / Manchester Airport
- A limited amount of buses are running between Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent / Manchester Airport
- Buses have also been requested at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Stockport and Crewe
- Journey times may be extended by up to 90 minutes
Work will start today on a new Metrolink line in Manchester.
The 'Second City Crossing' will run from Lower Mosley Street through St Peter’s Square, before turning down Princess Street and then heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street before heading to Victoria station.
The multi-million pound project aims to increase capacity in the city centre.
Metrolink Director Peter Cushing said:
It’s a significant piece of work and not without its challenges, but we have learnt a huge amount successfully delivering new street-running lines to Ashton, Oldham and Rochdale town centres and to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport and we will be drawing on this experience to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.
“We have also established strong links with businesses in the city and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to get in touch so we can keep them up to speed over the life of this project and beyond.
Manchester Airport says only a "handful of flights" were affected by today's nationwide air traffic control issues.
Some passengers were left stranded when a technical problem on an internal telephone system caused delays.
– Manchester Airport spokesperson
Manchester Airport was only minimally affected today following the Air Traffic Control issues.
Out of hundreds of air movements to and from the 200 plus destinations we serve, only a handful of flights were impacted upon.
Operations are back to normal with a few minor knock on effects.
As always, passenger safety is key.
For individual flight enquiries passengers should contact their airline or see our website.
Manchester Airport says air traffic control issues are having an effect on services in the north west.
Flights have been delayed and cancelled at airports across the UK and Ireland because of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre in Hampshire.
– Manchester Airport spokesperson
"Due to an Air Traffic Control issue the whole country is facing air travel delays at the moment. At Manchester Airport we are currently facing minor delays but traffic is coming in and out. The safety of our passengers is always paramount so we will continue to liaise with Air Traffic Control until the issue is resolved. Passengers should check with their airline and on our website for individual flight information."
One lane closed due to police incident on A5058 Queens Drive Walton Eastbound at A580 Townsend Avenue.
A556 Chester Road Northbound closed, queueing traffic due to lorry fire between A5034 Mereside Road (Bucklow Hill Traffic Lights) and M56 J8 (Tatton).