When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September.
The shops will close next week

More Poundworld stores will be shut

Wigan's Poundworld store is among 40 set to close, as administrators announce plans to axe a further 531 jobs.

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St Helens ready for full Universal Credit roll-out

The benefits system in St Helens is being given a massive shake-up with the launch of the full service of Universal Credit.
Lancashire university students could be eligible for a refund on their TV licence. (s)

Cash-strapped students could receive £50 TV Licence refund

More than 72,000 university students in Lancashire could be eligible for a £50 TV Licence refund.

It's coming home

Virgin Trains gives ticket restrictions the boot to get fans home to watch England

Today Virgin Trains are removing ticket restrictions on all of its services to help England fans get home earlier for tonight’s semi-final match against Croatia.

The Red Arrows kick off the weekend on Friday night

What's on and when this weekend at Southport Airshow, and when the Red Arrows are landing in Blackpool

Eyes to the skies this weekend as historical aircraft and fast noisy jets perform thrilling and daring aerobatics over the beach in Southport.

Whats on

In pictures - The retro summer treats we used to love

We're in the middle of a heatwave, and with the mercury set to stay in the mid-20s for at least the next week, we take a look at some of the icy treats we used to love.


New charges come in at Manchester Airport from next week

Manchester Airport's plans to charge drivers who want to drop off passengers outside its terminals will go live next week.

Ambulances lined up.

Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across the North West are today going on strike – with further industrial action looming on the horizon.
Steven Brogan, Church Square Centre Manager, and new Hays Travel branch manager Gemma Bate

Six new jobs created by travels agents move

Bosses at Hays Travel North West have have signed a lease for a new store in Church Square shopping centre in St Helens.
Northern have released a limited timetable around strike action taking place later this month.

Northern release limited timetables ahead of strike action

Northern has today released its timetables for two of the three days of RMT strike action next week.

A Jobcentre Plus

Claimant count rises but young St Helens jobseekers thrive

The St Helens jobs market is showing a distinctly mixed picture with the claimant count rising but more young people finding employment.

Legoland bins Northern Rail attractions to get behind furious rail passengers

The Northern Rail models at the heart of Legoland’s popular attraction have been binned in a bold move to back millions of rail commuters.
Comedian Mark Grimshaw

You have to laugh: Rail problems gives Blackpool comedian a train of thought

As rail misery continues for Lancashire commuters a video clip of Blackpool comedian Mark Grimshaw having a go at rail operator Northern is going viral on social media.
Speedy Direct in Newton-le-Willows

Company reports huge increase in profits

A Newton-le-Willows company has recorded multi-million pound profits, up nearly 60 per cent on last year.
EVAs roadshow

Haydock roadshow hailed a major success

Talented business women from across the region flocked to an enterprise roadshow held at a Haydock venue.

Ryanair has just made it harder for passengers to check in - unless you pay for your seat

Customers flying with Ryanair will find it harder to check-in for their flights this summer - unless they pay for their seat.
A Jobcentre Plus

St Helens jobs market hits blip as claimant count rises

The jobs market in St Helens hit an unexpected bump in the road as the number of people on out-of-work benefits rose.
Helen Davies with her EasyMat Mini

St Helens mum hopes for success on TV show

A St Helens mum-of-two is hoping to secure major retail orders for her invention by appearing on a new TV show.
The site of the potential new eatery

Chef announces fund-raiser to open new restaurant

An award-winning chef has launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to raise £50k in 24 hours to open a new eatery.
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