Passengers warned to expect disruption ahead of third Northern Rail strike

More disruption is expected on rail services across Lancashire when guards stage a third walkout.

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A part for the Blackpool North electrification is prepared

Blackpool benefits from ready-made rail revolution

The equipment which will bring Blackpool’s rail link into the 21st century is taking shape in a pioneering new way.

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Peter Crossley sent these images to The Gazette of the Plymouth Road bridge area

Bridging a generational gap

Officially it’s called Plymouth Road bridge, but its better known as Crossley’s Bridge – and these amazing newly unearthed aerial photos help explain why.

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Trespass reports have nearly doubled since 2011

Children putting their lives in danger trespassing on railway

Nearly 200 potentially deadly trespass incidents were reported on the railways around Blackpool and Preston last year.
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Train services to Blackpool will be severely disrupted

UPDATE: Just one third of trains set to run as Northern Rail guards strike on Grand National Day

Northern Rail is expecting to run only a third of normal services on Saturday as staff from the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) stage a 24 hour walkout.
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Fire fightersassisted with the rescue of the woman who had suspected spinal injuries.
Pic: Googlemaps

Couple taken to hospital after car smashes into lamppost

A man and a woman were taken to hospital after their red Mercedes crashed into a lamppost, say police.
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Mick Cash

Rail union issues fresh warning ahead of strike day

Rail union the RMT has issued a fresh warning over the introduction of Driver Only Operation on trains ahead of a one-day strike across the North of England.
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The police officer was not injured during the incident.

Woman assaults police officer on train

A woman was arrested after she assaulted a police officer on a train travelling from Preston to Blackpool North, say British Transport Police.

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One of the new Palladium buses about to go in service in Blackpool

Hi-tech fleet of buses to go on show at launch

A fleet of 25 brand new buses for Blackpool are set to be unveiled.

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One lane closed and traffic is reported to be slow after a lorry shed its load of polystyrene insulation on M55 Westbound.

Lane closed on M55 after lorry sheds its load

One lane was closed and traffic reported to be slow after a lorry shed its load of polystyrene insulation on M55 Westbound.
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Road smash causes hold-ups

Road smash causes hold-ups

The main Preston to Blackpool road was partially blocked by a collision near Kirkham causing rush hour hold-ups at teatime today.

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A passenger in the Skoda, a 18-year-old girl, suffered a minor shoulder injury in the incident.
Pic: Googlemap

Man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after colliding with horse box

A 59-year-old man from the Blackpool area has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after his car collided with a horse box in Bilsborrow, say police.

Virgin Trains caters for hundreds of Lancashire passengers every day

Virgin Trains operator celebrates 20 years on the tracks

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

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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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Drivers reported delays in the area

Delays after two-vehicle smash on southbound M6

All lanes have re-opened following a two-vehicle smash on the southbound M6, say police.
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The 24-year-old cyclist, from Lytham, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where he has since undergone surgery for head injuries and a broken jaw.

Cyclist suffers serious head injuries after collision in Lytham

A cyclist has suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a Mercedes, say police.

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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 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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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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Train users are urged to check before they travel today as strike hits services across the north west.

Passengers urged to 'check before you travel' as strike hits north west trains

Train users are urged to check before they travel today as strike hits services across the north west.
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