12/03/2017 North West Tonight


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12/03/2017

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Now on BBC one it's time for the news where you are.

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Commuters are being urged to plan ahead as tomorrow's rail strike

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is expected to cause delays on roads and public transport

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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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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

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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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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

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to put out the flames today at Alexandra Dock in Bootle,

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after the fire broke out early yesterday morning.

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Local residents are still being advised

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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

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after a 48-hour armed stand-off in Cheshire ended safely.

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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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Sport and the Premier League coverage is coming up in a few

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moments here on BBC One, in Match of the Day 2.

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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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Now here's Alex Hamilton with the weather.

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Well, after a mixture of sunshine and showers today,

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we've got more of that on the way for the new working week.

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High pressure is building, though, so we're looking at broadly settled

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Now, as we have a look at the detail tonight,

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still the odd shower around, cloud increasing, but still some

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clearer spells in the early hours, lows of around 4 degrees Celsius,

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so we should stay broadly frost-free tonight.

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Then, as we look towards tomorrow morning,

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Variable amounts of cloud throughout the day, but where that cloud

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starts to thin and break, we're expecting some brighter spells

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And with highs of around 12 degrees Celsius, it will be

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I'll leave you with the outlook - reasonably settled for the start

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of the new week, a few sunny spells, but a few scattered showers as well.

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That is it from me. I do hope you have a peaceful night. Bye-bye.

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But from all of us here, have a good night.

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Good evening. For many places it was a fairly cloudy day on suspend but

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there was sunshine for western areas during the afternoon, and here are

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the clear skies at sunset in Northern Ireland. Thanks to weather

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watcher Robin for this picture, those clear skies have been making

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their way further east ward. Temperatures are dropping away, we

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have seen temperatures of freezing in parts of Northern Ireland. More

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cloud rolling in during the latter part of the night but towns and

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cities down the five and six m the countryside many of us will see the

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temperatures a degree or

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