A cluster of rail upgrades known as the "Northern Hub" are expected to be announced by the Government today.
They will include £322m of outstanding track and capacity upgrades across Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport and across to Liverpool.
According to reports the investment is on top of £477m of Northern Hub schemes already approved across the north of England, such as electrification of the North Trans-Pennine route between York and Manchester.
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Wintry showers turning back to rain
Warning for snow and ice valid 6am-6pm Sunday for the whole region, except western coastal slice & the Isle of Man
Cold, showery and icy overnight. Staying wintry at times over the weekend.