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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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Trains remain at a standstill across the North West for Boxing Day

Northern Rail services remain closed for engineering works today Credit: PA

Northern Rail services remain shut today as engineering works are carried out across the region.

Yesterday Network Rail defended the line closures after it was revealed £103 million worth of improvements were happening across the country.

The Shadow Transport Secretary has spoken about the closures:

"Tory ministers' handling of the Boxing Day rail standstill is making it much harder for families and friends to visit one another this Christmas break.

In opposition the Tories attacked the Boxing Day rail shutdown. They've now had more than six years to do something about it but haven't.

Their lack of action, even despite the chaos of previous years, gives the impression they don't really care about it at all. The Tory hypocrisy on this issue is astounding."

– Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald



Delays on M6 in Lancashire after lorry fire

Highways England is advising drivers to allow extra travel time while emergency resurfacing work is carried out on the M6 in Lancashire.

The M6 in Lancashire Credit: Preston Fire Station

Three out of four lanes on the northbound carriageway are closed between J31 for Preston and J32 for Blackpool after a lorry fire just before 9.30pm yesterday evening.

Firefighters put the lorry fire out Credit: Preston Fire Station

The lorry was carrying a load of car wax and aerosols which spilled across the carriageway causing severe damage to the road.

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