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Watch: Children seen sitting on motorway reservation as cars speed past

Pictures have emerged of two children sitting on a central reservation of the M56 in Cheshire as traffic speeds past inches from them.

Worried motorists called the police after seeing the youngsters - thought to be a boy and a girl in their early teens - sprinting across the carriageway near to some woods.

Police used motorway signs to slow the traffic and sped to the scene after the alarm was raised at teatime on Sunday but the children were not found.

The incident happened close to J12 near Preston Brook in Cheshire - the same motorway stretch where Kieran Coupe, seven, and his friend Guy Davies, six, died eight years ago.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Motorways are not places for children to play. Entering the carriageway is extremely dangerous.”

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Motorway closure expected to cause delays

The M53 is to close for a whole weekend as part of the Highways England project to carry out slip road repairs. Workers will also install a new bridge at junction 2 of the motorway at Moreton, west of Birkenhead.

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The motorway will be closed in both directions between 10pm on Friday 17 April and 5am on Monday 20 April. One of the bridges that carries the junction slip roads over the motorway will be lifted away from its bearings and removed in preparation for a new bridge deck to be installed later this year. Drivers are warned to expect delays in the area.

Isle of Man ferry trouble

Severe disruption to ferries between the Isle of Man and Liverpool will continue today.

The Manannan was taken out of service after debris from the sea damaged its engines.

Operators say hundreds of stranded passengers will be transferred to Liverpool by coach from Heysham after being carried on an alternative service operated by it's sister vessel.

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Passengers left stranded on the Isle of Man

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Hundreds of people were left stranded on the Isle of Man following the Easter break after ferry's stopped running to Liverpool. It's after the fast craft Manannan ferry was suspended because of damage to its jet system caused by sea debris. A number of people complained on the company's facebook page that they could not get through on the helpline number to make alternative arrangements.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive, Mark Woodward, said: ‘We would like to offer our sincere apologies to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

‘We are doing all that we can to restore normal operations as soon as possible and we will release further updates as information becomes available.’

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Rail passengers face Easter delays in Manchester and Liverpool

Passengers face Easter delays at Manchester Piccadilly Credit: PA Images

Commuters are facing delays in Manchester after a trespasser was spotted on the line in Stafford.

Services are running up to 30 minutes late between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe, Liverpool, Bristol Temple Meads and Milton Keynes after the incident at lunchtime.

National Rail posted on their website: “A trespass incident at Stafford is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to all journeys through the station. This is expected to continue until 4.15pm.”

The routes affected include CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Bristol Temple Meads and Didcot Parkway; London Midland between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street and between Crewe and Northampton; Virgin Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Carlisle, Liverpool Lime Street and Milton Keynes Central.

Services are running late by 30 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street at the moment.

Routes Affected

  • CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Bristol Temple Meads and Didcot Parkway
  • London Midland between Liverpool Lime Street and Brimingham New Street and between Crewe and Northampton
  • Virgin Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Carlisle, Liverpool Lime Street and Milton Keynes Central

Transport: Isle of Man ferry stuck with engine damage

The Liverpool to Isle of Man ferry is currently stuck at the Pier Head after one of its engines was damaged by debris.

The Steam Packet Company vessel, Manannan, was meant to have departed the Mersey heading for the Isle of man at 10am this morning.

As it stands Manannan is currently loaded at Liverpool Port – engineers are in the process of surveying the previously mentioned damage caused by ingestion of debris.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and further updates shall follow as and when we have information.”

– team Packet Company statement on Facebook
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