A report into planned transport projects shows that spending per person in the North West is almost half of that spent on those in London.Read the full story ›
Figures show Northern Rail cancelled 15,800 trains across the North West in the past year according to an App. That's around 43 per day.Read the full story ›
A report commissioned by the Government has found 1 in 4 homes rented from private landlords are unfit to live in.Read the full story ›
The Government has hit out at the troubled rail operator Northern after commuters suffered more chaos, despite the company introducing a new emergency timetable.
Passengers we spoke to in the North West arrived at railway stations to find more than 160 services had been axed.
In a statement in the last hour, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling promised a compensation scheme for passengers.
Mr Grayling also promised an independent inquiry into the chaos and said he would not hold back if that inquiry showed Northern Rail was negligent:
Here's last year's North West winner Alex Staniforth on why he wants people to get involved:
Average rents in northern England have recorded the first annual fall in nearly four years, according to an index.Read the full story ›
Forced marriage is a hidden crime that affects the lives of many people.Read the full story ›
These are the specific announcements for the region sent to us by the Treasury.
- £243 million for transport improvements in Greater Manchester to drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion. Specific projects this will fund will be decided by the mayor Andy Burnham. A further £134 million will go to Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram. Other towns and cities across the North West will be able to bid into a £840 million fund to support transport projects in their area.
- £4 million investment in Jodrell Bank Observatory as part of a £20.5 million project to redevelop its visitor centre – celebrating its vital contribution to science. This will boost its educational school programme, which currently helps 26,000 youngsters every year.
- An extra £1 million to bolster flood defences across the North West. This builds on the £22 million previously invested in the Anchorsholme Coast protection scheme, which will protect 4,800 properties over the next century.
- Manchester will become a Tech Hub, supporting businesses and skills in the area to thrive and prosper. This is part of a national expansion of Tech City, with the region receiving a share of £21million to support this.
Most of us enjoy a takeaway, especially as a Friday treat.
But now there's concerms that the number of fast food outlets means rising levels of poor health and obesity
A new investigation by the Tonight programme has revealed the north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country.
Victoria Grimes reports.