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Chaos at Northern to be investigated, says Transport Secretary

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:

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Budget announcements for the North West in today's budget

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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.

WATCH: Concerns for rising levels of poor health

The north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

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.

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