Manchester to consult on bringing buses under public control

Plans prompt warning from bus operator that local taxpayers face ‘massive bill’Proposals to bring buses in Manchester under public control will be put out for consultation next week, prompting a warning from one of the biggest operators that it would m…

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London’s 19% economic surge underlines divide with rest of England

England and Wales GDP figures by ONS show West Midlands is second in growth leagueLondon’s economy has outstripped all other English regions with a 19% surge in growth since 2012, highlighting the divide between the capital and the rest of England.The …

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Northern’s Pacer trains to run into 2020 despite retirement pledge

Rail firm privately backtracks on vow to MPs that fleet would be retired by end of yearNorthern rail promised MPs last week its fleet of hated “buses-on-rails” would be retired by the end of the year, but it has emerged the firm had already privately w…

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Manchester and Liverpool mayors call for termination of Northern rail franchise

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram urge transport secretary to take action after year of miseryThe mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool city region have called on the transport secretary to terminate the Northern rail franchise after a year of susta…

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Jamie Oliver restaurants that have closed – the full list

The chef’s empire has gone into administration, as more than 1,000 jobs are lostJamie Oliver’s empire collapses with loss of 1,000 jobsJamie Oliver has called in administrators to his struggling business, meaning most of his restaurants will close. The…

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