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On the buses: Could Metro Mayors transform the future of public transport?

Do you support re-regulation of the buses? Credit: ITV News.

Calls are being made for buses in and around Liverpool to be re-regulated and for bus lanes to be reinstated.

They're some of the ideas being touted by candidates in the first election for a metro mayor in the area.

The winner will have powers over transport in the city region.

But will they transform the future of public transport, or put the system into reverse?

Our correspondent Andy Bonner investigates:

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Special report: Is there a shortage of skilled jobs in the North West?

The Liverpool city region has a skills gap. Credit: ITV News.

Government figures out this week show that unemployment has now fallen to under 5% in the north west.

But in and around Liverpool there are fears that the jobs that are being created are too often low paid and unskilled.

It's an issue that's caught the eye of the city region's metro mayor candidates as the winner will have powers over employment and skills to kick-start the local economy.

Andy Bonner has been visiting a scheme which could become a blueprint for future growth:


£3.7m lottery funding for historic Cheshire site

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and Halton Borough Council have received a £3.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe and this project aims to preserve and restore the 12th century priory undercroft, exhibit the full breadth of the museum's extensive collections and interpret the site's 900 year history. Bosses hope the revamp will make it a tourist destination in Cheshire.