State pension age to rise to 68 earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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Andy Burnham, police and transport chiefs

Public transport safety blitz is launched

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced a major investment in the safety of area’s public transport system.

Second fares hike plans for ring and ride users

Second fares hike plans for ring and ride users

A fares hike for older travellers using Wigan and Leigh’s ring and ride service is under consideration again.

Train users are being warned of disruption ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend

Train users warned over closures and reduced services over bank holiday

Train users hoping to travel to and from London over the August bank holiday weekend are being warned to plan their journeys now as a major London station is set to close for engineering works.

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Carolyn and Stuart Croft are trying to track down the couple from Burnley who came to their aid on holiday

Wigan couple appeal for holiday heroes who came to their rescue

A Wigan couple are looking for the good Samaritans from Burnley who came to their rescue when their money was stolen on holiday.

Leigh Market Hall

Review of borough’s markets launched

A major review of how the borough’s markets are managed has been launched by Wigan Council.

All fees and charges associated with unplanned overdrafts are set to be removed by Lloyds Bank Group.

Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax to scrap charges for unplanned overdrafts

Lloyds Banking Group is to launch a simplified "pay-as-you-go" overdraft charging system and scrap some fees, in a shake-up affecting millions of customers.

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Wigan bus station

Fewer Wigan buses left on time

Bus service punctuality for subsidised services across Wigan and Leigh has deteriorated year-on-year, according to latest figures.

Insurance office to close with the loss of up to 200 jobs

Insurance office to close with the loss of up to 200 jobs

Almost 200 jobs are under threat after an insurance company said it is to close its Fylde offices in a move described by unions as “brutal”.

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MP Chris Green shared this photo of Leigh Road

MP highlights concerns over accident hotspot

A borough MP has raised concerns over an apparent accident hotspot following several dangerous incidents.

The former Colliers Rest pub

D-Day is looming for closed pubs

The fate of two community pubs in Leigh is hanging in the balance with different regeneration bids lodged for the sites

The number of zero hours and agency contracted workers has doubled in the North West since 2011, according to the GMB union.

Number of zero hours workers doubles in north west

The number of zero hours and agency contracted workers has doubled in the north west since 2011, according to the GMB union.

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The new Snap Map

VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Snapchat's new location sharing Snap Map - according to Snapchat

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends.
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West Coast Mainline

Companies in bid to run West Coast Mainline announced

The three companies which will bid to run trains on the West Coast Mainline have been announced today.

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Noel Chadwick's in Standish

Hygiene ratings - latest results

More than 80 per cent of the borough’s food establishments subjected to a hygiene inspection in May scored top marks.

Supermarkets are cutting the price of fuel

Supermarkets enter fuel price war following overcharging claims

At least two major supermarkets are to cut the price of forecourt fuel from today (Friday).
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Turtle Bay recipe: Jerk Salmon

RECIPE: Jerk salmon with pineapple salsa

Turtle Bay in Preston has launched a brand new menu - the first big menu enhancement it has undertaken since the restaurant opened.

Yvonne Fovargue

Big surge in payday loan complaints

A “striking” surge in consumer complaints about credit, including payday loans, has been seen by watchdogs over the last year.

Manchester, Gatwick and Stansted are in the bottom five in the AirHelp ranking which looks at punctuality, quality and service at 76airports worldwide.

Manchester Airport among 'worst in the world' according to new ranking

Manchester airport has been placed among the worst 10 in the world, according to new rankings.
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Leigh Market traders support Love Your Local Market

Crusade spotlights our local markets

Shoppers can enjoy specialist craft markets, street theatre, face-painting and magic as part of a fortnight shining a spotlight on a key part of the local retail scene.

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