All aboard for HS2 summit meeting

Wigan will play host to a meeting about the HS2 rail masterplan this week, days after its first stage cleared a parliamentary hurdle.

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.

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Broken down horse trailer temporarily shuts M6

The M6 was closed south of Preston earlier this afternoon to allow for a horse to be moved from a broken down trailer to a replacement, police said.

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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The car stopped on the M6

‘Don’t hog the middle lane’

Police have issued a warning to Lancashire drivers about hogging the middle lane on motorways.

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The site of Eckersley Mill redevelopment

Mill revamp plan back on track

Fresh hopes have been raised that a stalled multi-million pound redevelopment of a Wigan cultural landmark is back on track.

Junction 27 of the M6 southbound.

Dogs on hard shoulder

Police are warning motorway commuters to take extra care on the M6 this morning after reports of two dogs on the hard shoulder.

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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.

Glenburn Sports College, Skelmersdale

Massive boost for railway station plan

Ambitious plans to reconnect a town centre to Wigan borough’s railway network have taken a massive step forward.

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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An artist's impression of the revamped Market Place

Town centre plans revealed to public

The final design for the £1.3m revamp of Market Place has been revealed this week and Wiganers have been having their say.

Tom Brogan, 91, loves his job as a supermarket porter at Asda

Tom leads way as scheme targets older workers...

He might not realise it, but Wigan pensioner Tom Brogan is something of a trailblazer.

John Sanson pictured with Sandra Nolan, the manager of Clarks, Diana Rimmer, sales manager of Debenhams and Wigan Evening Post editor Janet Wilson  judging the Design A Mascot entries

Grand Arcade boss JOHN SANSON on the latest retail trends

The new Chief Executive of Debenhams, Sergio Bucher, is cutting back on some of the older fashion designers who have been selling ranges at the department store for decades as he tries to freshen up its cool credentials.

The soon-to-close Lloyds Bank branch in Standish

Bank branch set to close

High street banking in Wigan has been dealt another blow.

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.

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from left, Ged Tyrrell and Bryan Kay are the founders of Leigh Neighbourhood Forum and are organising a public meeting at Leigh Sports Village.

Council and residents develop neighbourhood plan

Wigan Council and residents have pledged to work together to develop a neighbourhood plan for Leigh after the first proposal was withdrawn.

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