Police warning after 47 accidents on motorway network

Lancashire's motorists have been urged to slow down after bad weather causes a spate of accidents on the motorway network.

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Yvonne Fovargue MP

The ruinous effects of sly late payments

Figures released by BACS Payment Schemes Ltd claim small and medium enterprises are owed £26bn across the country.

Members of The Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) at the former Kenyon junction rail station.
LTR coun James Grundy, Ed Thwaite, Ray Bent and landowner John Fallon

Call for new railway station

A residents’ group is encouraging transport bosses to revive its plan to reconnect parts of the borough to the regional rail network.

The charity Business in the Community is holding a bus tour for local companies

Businesses hop on board community groups bus tour

A charity employee is getting Wigan businesses on board with a new bus tour taking them to meet the borough’s community groups.

Picture: Yui Mok

Top tips on how to lower your energy bills

As three of the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers announce price hikes, experts are reminding householders of small changes that can help slash how much they spend on gas and electricity.

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Child car seat regulations  everything you need to know about this years changes

Child car seat regulations – everything you need to know about this year’s changes

The new rules around child car seats are causing widespread confusion among parents and carers – despite the fact that the bit that most people are talking about isn’t really new at all.
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Labour MP for Makerfield Yvonne Fovargue

MP’s fresh call for debt ‘breathing space’

Families struggling with mountains of personal debt urgently need a “breathing space” to regain control of their finances.

Police were called to the incident at around 6.10am

Man dies after being 'struck by train'

Police were called to a fatality after a man was "struck by a train" in Penwortham.
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Hannah Shelmerdine behind the wheel

Dreams come true for daredevil racer

A woman with cerebral palsy has seen her dreams of driving a racing car become reality.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Jackpot eases strain on health services

Health and social care services in the borough have been given a massive cash injection.

Chris Armstrong, left, with new business administration apprentice Silvester Weja

Success of plan to create apprentices

A Wigan Council pledge to help local firms enlist a whole host of new apprentices in a novel Christmas countdown has been hailed a success.

The former Morrisons supermarket in Wigan town centre

Business exodus leads to rise in empty properties

The number of empty business properties in Wigan borough has rocketed by 10 per cent in the space of a year.

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue pouring a pint of Hophurst Brewery pale ale Flaxen at the Stranger's Bar in the House of Commons

Boozers boost the economy

Pub lovers are raising a glass to their favourite local after a national report showed the borough’s boozers add more than £100m to the economy.

Booker in Leigh. Pic: Google Street View

Wholesaler bought in £3.7bn supermarket deal

Supermarket giant Tesco has bought food wholesaler Booker in a £3.7bn deal.

Ena Mill at Atherton with owner Simon Yates

Hope for 200 jobs as mill plan is backed

A bold plan to transform a landmark mill further and so create up to 200 jobs has been given the go-ahead.

Next week's roadworks

NORTH WEST ROADWORKS: 23-29 January 2017

Here are all planned roadworks across the region from Monday January, 23 to Sunday January, 29 2017.
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Yorkshire Bank in Leigh is going to close. Pic: Google Street View

Hundreds of jobs at risk as bank closes branches

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank is to close 79 branches with the loss of more than 400 jobs, according to Unite.

Motorists to face more big car insurance rises

Motorists to face more big car insurance rises

Drivers in the North West are facing a steep climb in the cost of car insurance.

Lisa Nandy MP

Bullying businesses are wrecking lives

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has hit out at “bullying and unscrupulous” businesses exploiting legal loopholes to target smaller firms.

Move today and save cash

Move today and save cash

Homebuyers could save around £9,000 on the cost of a property - if they are willing to live at “unlucky” number 13 - research suggests.

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