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'Smart motorways': £500m extra lane scheme announced in bid to ease congestion

Drivers in the North West are being promised over 100 miles of extra lanes on the region's motorways to tackle congestion and improve journey times.

Highways England is announcing details on four new smart motorway schemes, worth around £500 million, which are due to start construction work within the next 18 months.

m62 motorway Credit: google maps

Contractors will begin work on the first one later this summer - on a 9-mile-stretch of the M62 which links the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Eccles.

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Manchester Airport to launch new drop-off site to reduce congestion

Manchester Airport has confirmed a new system to tackle congestion on its campus will go live on July 10th.

In March it announced it was creating a dedicated drop-off site from where passengers will be able to board a free shuttle service to their terminal.

The airport hopes the move will help ease growing levels of congestion.

Manchester Airport Credit: Press Association

Those passengers still wanting to be dropped off directly outside the terminals will have to pay a £3 fee for five minutes or £4 for 10.

For those collecting passengers at car parks outside each terminal there will be a cost of £4 for 30 minutes.

The drop-off site is located at the current Jetparks 1 site, near to Terminal 2.

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Northern Rail resumes limited service on Lakes Line

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line. Credit: PA

Northern Rail is running trains on the Lakes Line for the first time in nearly a month.

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line, which runs trains between Oxenholme and Windermere.

All trains were stopped last month due to timetable changes and staffing issues. This led to a number of delays and cancellations.

There will be replacement buses to cover staff breaks.

Northern Rail has not yet said when services will return to a normal timetable.

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Ferries between Liverpool and IoM cancelled due to weather conditions

The Manannan sailings scheduled for today have been cancelled Credit: Steam Packet Company

Sailings between the Isle of Man and Liverpool have been cancelled today due to adverse weather conditions.

The 7.30am Manannan sailing from Douglas to Liverpool and Liverpool to Douglas sailing at 11:15am have both been affected.

Passengers booked on the above sailings can contact the Steam Packet reservation team on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992 to make alternative arrangements. Alternatively you can amend your booking online through your online account.

The Ben-my-Chree is scheduled to depart Heysham at 2.15pm and expected to arrive in Douglas at 6pm.

For updates and further information visit the Steam Packet website.

ITV's Regional News across the North came together in a special broadcast on the continuing rail crisis

For the first time ever three of the ITV regions in the North of England came together to tell one story - and to get some answers about the rail chaos and when services will improve.

From Calendar, LookAround and Granada Reports we put viewers experiences of late or cancelled trains to the rail bosses to find out what went so badly wrong and what they're going to do to fix it.

We will continue to press for answers and improvements, so keep sharing your commutes with us and how the transport crisis is affecting you.

Watch the full programme here:

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