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Rail lines closed between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria

Flooding has closed the rail lines between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria, with commuters urged to make alternative arrangements.

Flooding on railway

Heavy rain is causing disruption across the region and customers are advised to allow extra time for travel and to check ahead.

Other routes affected include:

  • Flooding at Walsden has blocked the line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds
  • Flooding at Culcheth Farm is causing delays and cancellations to services between Eccles and Earlestown. Northern tickets will be accepted on TransPennine Express services.
  • Due to flooding at Blackpool South there are currently no services travelling to and from St Annes. Replacement coaches will be in use

For the latest train information check National Rail Enquiries.

Flooding closes motorway slip road

The M65 entry slip road has been closed due to flooding in Lancashire, say Highways England.

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Floods cause major rail disruption in North West

Heavy rain is causing major disruption on railways in the region.

All lines are blocked between Todmorden and Rochdale due to rain flooding the railway, Northern has tweeted.

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There are also fewer trains running between Eccles and Earlestown fewer trains are able to run on all lines.

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Flood warning issued in Lancashire

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for an area of land and property to the east of Colne town centre.

Environment Agency flood forecast map
Environment Agency

River levels are forecast to rise at the Carry Bridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall.

Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is expected/possible to begin between 12:00 today and 02:00 tomorrow.

Commercial premises in Waterside Industrial Estate and Green Road could be affected.

People are advised to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.

Tom Pemberton's channel shows daily life on the family farm and has 110,000 subscribers.
Tom Pemberton's channel shows daily life on the family farm in Lytham and more than 100,000 subscribers.
Police were attacked when responding to a series of incidents in the region.
Fireworks were thrown at police officers in separate Bonfire Night incidents in Lancashire.

Kendal expert will advise climate change 'assembly'

A university professor from Kendal will be one of the four expert advisors for a "citizens assembly" being put together on behalf of parliamentary committees to help decide government policy on climate change.

Rebecca Willis, who is based at Lancaster University, has done research on how MPs develop policies on dealing with climate change.

Becky Willis
Lancaster University

The citizens assembly will be made up of 110 people, chosen to reflect the population in factors such as age, sex, and attitudes to climate change, and 30,000 letters are going out this week to recruit members.

Professor Willis said: "My research shows that politicians know that urgent action is needed on climate, but they are not sure how to engage people, and how to win support for a comprehensive climate strategy."

The Citizens’ Assembly will allow participants to work with experts and politicians, to design a climate strategy which fits with people’s lives, values and aspirations."

Rebecca Willis
A farmer who lost his crop to flooding uses his waterlogged field as a watersports venue.
A farmer highlights how flooding has destroyed his crop as he calls for help to protect it.

Dixons Chimney: Investigation into man's death begins

An investigation has begun following the death of a Carlisle man on Dixon's Chimney in the city yesterday.

Police cars at incident
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The man, who police say lives in the city and is in his 50s, was first seen at the 290ft (88m) top of the former factory chimney in the early hours of yesterday, trapped on a ladder.

Police sealed off streets nearby, and a coastguard helicopter tried to reach him.

His body was eventually recovered by firefighters from Lancaster who were lifted on to the chimney on a cherry picker.

Cumbria police says specialist officers are supporting the man's family.

BreakingCumbria police confirm death of Dixons Chimney man

Police have now confirmed that a man trapped since early this morning on Dixons Chimney in Carlisle has died.

His body was recovered by a specialist team from Lancashire Fire and Rescue.

Police say officers are supporting his family and an investigation has started into how and why the man came to climb up the chimney.

Rescuers in cherry picker
PA Media

Rescuers climb on to 290ft chimney in rescue operation

Specialist rescuers from the Lancashire rescue team are on top of the 290ft Dixons Chimney in the operation to rescue the man who has been trapped on a ladder on the opposite side of the towering brick flue.

Rescuer stepping from chery picker
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Lucy Baxter has been campaigning for three years for Orkambi to be available on the NHS.
Lucy Baxter has been campaigning for three years for Orkambi to be available on the NHS.

Walker, 70, injures shoulder in fall

Volunteers from the Cockermouth mountain rescue team and the North West Air Ambulance were called in after a 70-year-old walker fell, injuring her leg and shoulder, close to the 2,400ft summit of Robinson, overlooking Buttermere.

Air ambulance and rescue team on summit
Cockermouth MRT

The woman was flown down to an ambulance in Keswick and then taken to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for treatment.