12/03/2017 North West Tonight


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12/03/2017

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Commuters are being urged to plan ahead for their journey to work

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tomorrow as a rail strike is expected to cause

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delays on roads and public transport around the region.

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The RMT union is in dispute with Northern Rail and Merseyrail

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over plans to introduce more driver-only-operated trains.

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Motorists have been warned the industrial action could lead

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to disruption as more people take to the roads.

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As rail workers take part in a 24-hour walkout tomorrow,

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the impact is expected to be felt far beyond the region's railways.

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Transport for Greater Manchester is among those warning that

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Roads and motorways are expected to be busier than normal,

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with more pressure on tram and bus services around the region too.

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The strike by members of the RMT union centres

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It wants Northern Rail and Merseyrail to give more

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assurances that they won't transfer the task of opening and closing

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train doors to drivers, and disputes the train operators'

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promise that it would not put safety at risk.

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Northern want to have 50% of services by 2020 operating

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what they call driver-controlled operation - that's the operation

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of a train without a guard - and similar on Merseyrail,

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with the introduction of new services and, again,

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they want to see services operated without a safety-critical guard

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on board, and that's unacceptable to us.

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Northern Rail - the biggest train operator in the region -

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says only 40% of services are likely to operate tomorrow.

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It says it will provide around 300 rail replacement bus services

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And Northern Rail tickets will also be accepted

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What we've had to do is focus our timetable about moving

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people where we have conductors available, or managers

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who are conducted trained, available to operate.

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We're looking at our core flows, which are between cities

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We're not able to service every area.

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We have put bus replacements on to supplement that

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and I would encourage people to visit the website.

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Merseyrail hopes to run trains every half hour

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The train service that we plan to operate is very much dependent

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on resources being available on the day.

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We would urge our customers to check our website -

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Merseyrail.org - and also follow us live on Twitter @Merseyrail,

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where further details will be available, should there be any

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With many rail passengers expected to use the roads instead,

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everyone is being urged to leave extra time for their journeys.

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Naomi Cornwell, BBC North West Tonight.

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An airline which has been operating flights between Blackpool

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and the Isle of Man has gone into liquidation.

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Citywing said the decision was taken after a company operating

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flights on its behalf, Van Air, lost permission to fly

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after an incident last month at Ronaldsway Airport.

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All of Citywing's flights have now been cancelled.

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More than ?275,000 has been raised for the children of a couple

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who died of cancer within days of each other in Wirral.

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This photo of Mike and Julie Bennet holding hands during their last

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moments together was seen by millions of people online,

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after it was shared by their family following their deaths last month.

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The money raised means their three children can now continue

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Merseyside fire crews remain at the scene of a huge blaze

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at a scrap metal recycling plant on the waterfront in Sefton.

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As many as 40 firefighters have been trying to put out the flames today

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at Alexandra Dock in Bootle, after the fire broke out

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Local residents are still being advised to keep

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Investigators are expected to be on site next week

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A man's been arrested on suspicion of affray after a 48-hour armed

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Officers had surrounded a house on Kingsdown Close in Weston

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on Thursday lunchtime after a man with a crossbow refused to leave.

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A 56-year-old is being questioned by detectives.

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In the Premier League's only game today, Burnley opened the score

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against Liverpool at Anfield, with this goal from Ashley Barnes.

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But the Reds fought back to finish 2-1 up.

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In Super League, Widnes failed to score at home against the early

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season league leaders, Castleford this afternoon,

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Meanwhile, a last-gasp conversion foiled a Salford fightback

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and earned Wakefield back-to-back Super League wins at Belle Vue.

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Thousands of people lined the streets for the annual

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St Patrick's Day parade in Manchester City

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The hour-long parade finished at Albert Square,

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where there's also been live music and Irish markets as part

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Now here's Alex Hamilton with the weather..

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Well, we've had a rather mixed bag across the North West

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On one hand, beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine.

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On the other hand, rather cloudy, drizzly picture at times.

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If we have a look at the charts, the front that were responsible

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If we have a look at the charts, the fronts that were responsible

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for that are moving out of the way and high pressure is building

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for tomorrow and the first part of the new working week.

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So we are expecting slightly more settled conditions.

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As we go through the course of tonight, still few showers

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Clear spells for a time overnight as well.

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We should mostly stay frost-free, though.

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And as we go towards tomorrow morning, that cloud starts

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A few showers first thing, but then, over the course of the day,

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as the cloud starts to thin and break, some brighter spells

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as well and a little bit of sunshine here and there.

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Highs of around 12 Celsius, so feeling very pleasant

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where we do see some of that springtime sunshine.

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Quite settled for the start of the week,

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Hello, the weather was hit-and-miss today across the UK, bit of

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sunshine, a few spots of rain, the skies are clearing now, particularly

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in western area, and unlike the last few nights, this coming night, it is

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going to turn chilly, there is a touch of frost on the way, these are

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clouds from today. Some of it rain bearing, this gap in the weather,

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that is going to be over the UK, during the course of the night so

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hence the temperatures will dip away. So by the early hours of

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Monday morning it is clear, most of England

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