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Call for tramway to be extended on the Fylde

Artists impression of tramway extension at Lytham Credit: Trams to Lytham

A pressure group is calling for the tramway in Blackpool to be extended. Campaigners want it to link to Lytham and St Anne's via the South Fylde rail line.. The group 'Trams to Lytham' say it would improve communications and ease congestion.

Travelling between Blackpool and South Fylde is difficult and lengthy. There are only two major roads between them, so congestion is a huge issue. An alternative corridor is sorely needed and this solution would provide it with direct links to the Town Centre and other key areas.

– Sam Flynn, Lead Campaigner, Trams to Lytham

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M6 Northbound shut in Cheshire after multi-vehicle crash

There's been a "serious" crash on the M6 in Cheshire involving a number of vehicles.

Highways England said it happened last night on the Northbound carriageway between J17 and J18.

A "large diesel spillage" has also been reported.

That stretch of motorway is still closed, and a diversion is in place. North West Motorway Police are urging people to use alternative routes.

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RMT offers to suspend rail strikes

The RMT rail union has offered to suspend strikes Credit: PA

A rail union has offered to suspend a long-running series of strikes which has crippled Northern services for almost 18 months.

The RMT has called on the company to give guarantees that a second member of staff on board will be trained to the same standard as current guards. As it stands RMT members are set to strike every Saturday until Christmas.

Northern's yet to respond to the offer but the Department for Transport said the Government's committed to having a second person on board Northern trains.

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