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Mayor calls for Prime Minster to solve rail chaos

Northern Rail services resume Credit: PA

The Mayor of Manchester is calling on the Prime Minister to step in and end the rail chaos in the North of England.

Seventy-five per cent of services that were removed as part of Northern Rail's emergency timetable will be reinstated today.

But after more cancellations yesterday Andy Burnham says he sees no signs of improvements.

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Interim mayor to be announced

The interim mayor of Greater Manchester will be chosen later. Senior officials from the 10 Greater Manchester Councils have been involved in making the decision. The two candidates standing are Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.

Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

The interim mayor will not have executive powers but will provide strategic leadership in the transitional period until May 2017 when a directly elected mayor will be voted in by the Greater Manchester public.

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