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First direct flights to China fly from Manchester today

The first direct flight to Hong Kong from Manchester Airport jets off today.

Manchester Airport Credit: Press Association

It's hoped the service will help strengthen business links between the North West and China.

It makes Manchester the only airport outside London to have an ongoing scheduled flight to Hong Kong.

"It is an incredibly important and exciting day here at Manchester Airport and a delight to see our direct flights to China commence.

"Obtaining the route has been a key objective of ours for several years and to achieve it two years ahead of schedule is testament to the continued growth, development and role Manchester Airport has to play in UK aviation."

– Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group


Rail firms warn against Christmas travel on West Coast Main Line

Virgin Trains have warned against festive season travel Credit: PA

Rail bosses are warning passengers to avoid the main train line between the North West and London over Christmas, due to engineering work.

The West Coast Main Line will shut from Stafford to Crewe after the last trains on Christmas Eve. It will not re-open until Sunday 28 December.

The route will also close between London's Euston Station and Hemel Hempstead, after the last trains on Christmas Eve until Monday December 29.

There is never a good time to carry out this type of work and we have liaised closely with the train operators to plan for it to take place at a traditionally quieter time on the railway.

– Jim Syddall, Network Rail

Lorry fire causes long delays on M56

A lorry fire has caused severe delays on the M56 eastbound.

Cheshire Police is warning drivers it will take another two hours to clear the motorway.

It happened near junction 11 at Daresbury at 5.50am.


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