Virgin Trains operator celebrates 20 years on the tracks

This month sees Virgin Trains celebrate 20 years on the track.

RMT members on the picket line at Blackpool North last week

New rail strike announced for Grand National day

Rail Union RMT has confirmed further strike action by guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North over the introduction of Driver Only Operations.

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Blackpool tourism to benefit from the ‘Brexit effect’

Tourism chiefs urged traders to cash in on a ‘Brexit bounce’ with Blackpool poised to capitalise on Britain leaving the EU.

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Brexit boost hopes as season plans revealed

Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson urged everyone in Blackpool's tourist trade to work together to make the most of the 2017 season.

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Drivers are reporting tailbacks in the area

UPDATE: Lanes re-open after three-car smash on M55

All lanes have re-opened following an earlier three vehicle smash on the M55, say police.
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Members of the Preston New Road Action Group after the hearing ended with a misspelled court place marker

Rivals must wait for fracking legal ruling

The court hearing into the decision to allow fracking to go ahead on the Fylde ended half a day early.

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Members of the RMT on a picket line at Blackpool North

Thousands back petition to keep guards on all Northern trains

More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition calling on train operator Northern Rail to scrap plans for driver only operations (DOO).

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No matter which sector you chose, your job may not be secure, say union bosses

Nearly half of jobs in the North West ‘insecure’

Nearly half of jobs created in the North West since 2011 have been in insecure work, according to new analysis published by the TUC today.

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Coun John Fillis

£23m road repairs will benefit Fylde and Wyre

A bumper £23m will be spent on repairing Lancashire’s roads, footpaths and cycle routes in the next financial year, with Fylde and Wyre residents among those set to benefit.

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RMT members on the picket line in Blackpool

Passengers put on brave face during rail strike

Travellers were forced to battle significant disruption as strike action halted more than half of train services in and out of Blackpool.

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Citywing has announced it has ceased trading.

Blackpool to Isle of Man flights scrapped after company announces liquidates

Passengers have been left stranded after air operator Citywing announces it has ceased trading.

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Andrew Milnes and Gordon Marsden

Pub apprentice spreads cheer in Parliament

Pub worker Andrew Milnes met his local MP Gordon Marsden at an Apprenticeship Showcase at the House of Commons.

One of the fracking protests

Court date for anti-fracking lock-on protest

Eight people who locked themselves together to protest against fracking at the Preston New Road shale gas site are due in court.

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Residents were warned in advance by a leaflet that was delivered to the affected229 properties.

Planned power cut affects hundreds of homes in Poulton

Residents in part of Poulton have been left without power today while electricity suppliers complete essential maintenance work.
Poulton and Wyre Railway Society celebrating the 175th anniversary of the railway line two years ago

Keeping railway fan’s dream on right track

Enthusiasts mark 10 years of work on lost railway lines. Poulton and Wyre Railway Society’s David Cox outlines the progress made so far.

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BUDGET 2017: As it happened

What did the Budget hold for Lancashire?
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BUDGET 2017: What will the Budget hold for Lancashire?

BUDGET 2017: What will the Budget hold for Lancashire?

Businesses and households across Lancashire were today eagerly awaiting Chancellor Philip Hammond’s last ever Spring Budget.

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Phil and Corrin Green at Ashton Pavilion

New jobs as Pavilion enjoys business boom

The proprietors of a Fylde cafe are celebrating the third anniversary of taking over the business by recruiting new staff.

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A photo from a tweet by @MarkUmpl of his malfunctioning SSE smart meter. Big Six provider SSE said it had launched an urgent investigation into the errant devices, one of which warned a customer they had bust their daily budget by nearly three million per cent.

£33,000 for just one day's power! Energy giant apologises over malfunctioning smart meters

Shocked customers of a major energy company have received an apology after malfunctioning smart meters said they would be charged up to £33,000 for one day's power.

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A gritting lorry

Gritters out after weather warning

Gritters will be out tonight after temperatures were predicted to drop below freezing.

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