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Vintage jet leaves Liverpool for new home in America

The Gloster Meteor Credit: GTV

A rare classic jet aircraft is setting off from Liverpool for a new home in America.

The Gloster Meteor aircraft had been housed at RAF Woodvale near Southport for many years.

The Meteor was Britain's first ever fighter jet, and the only one to see service in the Second World War.

This particular Meteor was built in 1943.

In the US it will be free from new restrictions on old fighter aircraft and later today it'll sail to a new life across the Atlantic. .

Hi-tech 'guardian angel' to keep the elderly safe at home

Smart home technology is being piloted in Salford to help older people live more safely in their homes.

The project is called Mii Home and features research by hospitals and university staff in Salford and Manchester.

It uses sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor people's movements throughout the day. It could help warn carers or loved ones if someone has a fall or is less mobile than usual.

The long-term aim is to help older people who are frail and may have problems with their memory maintain their independence.

IoM TT races game to be released in March

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' will be released in March. Credit: Big Ben Interactive

Fans of the Isle of Man TT Races will soon get to experience the thrill of the Mountain Course via a new game.

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' is due for release in March, featuring well-known racers John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and many more.

Sebastien Waxin of game developer Big Ben Interactive told Granada Reports what gamers can expect:

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(Trailer clip credit: Big Ben Interactive)


Andy Burnham: 'put the North of England to the front of the queue' for transport investment

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has said he's "not surprised" by new figures which suggest that the North West gets less than half the transport investment allocated to London.

Andy Burnham says "packed out, clapped out" trains and poor roads are preventing the Northern Powerhouse from reaching its full potential.

We're making the case to the government to put the North of England to the front of the queue for new transport investment.

We can't carry on as we are, and we can't keep funnelling money into London year on year.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

New report finds North-South divide in transport spending

The report claims a North South divide in transport spending Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

A new report has highlighted a North - South divide in transport spending.

The research by the IPPR North think tank indicates that planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the north of England.

London will receive £4,155 per person compared with just £1,600 in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber regions combined.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling sparked anger in July last year by supporting a new £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme in London and the South East days after a series of rail electrification projects in Wales, the Midlands and the North were axed or downgraded.

Mr Grayling claims per person spending is higher in the North West than the South East when local transport schemes are taken into account.

Despite the Transport Secretary's recent statements, London is still set to receive almost three times more transport investment per person than the North. This is indefensible.

The North has been underfunded in comparison to London for decades, and our figures demonstrate that ministers have failed to redress this imbalance.

This failure will continue to hold back the North and the country until the Government acts.

– Luke Raikes, IPPR North
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