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Planned North West roadworks

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 15 December but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Transport

Revellers warned over railway station safety over Christmas period

Christmas revellers are being urged to "keep a clear head" on the rail network after shocking footage showed people stumbling on to tracks.
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Picket line outside Preston

Virgin Trains' workers 'solidly supporting' pay strike

Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast are said to be "solidly supporting" a strike over pay.

Transport
"ATM deserts" could be created

Link says it is 'committed to maintaining geographical coverage of free ATMs'

ATM network Link has moved to offer assurances following concerns over the future availability of free-to-use cash machines.

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Defendant Susan Burnett did not indicate a plea.

Nelson woman accused of pocketing £71,000 from Burnley care home

A woman has appeared in court, accused of stealing more than £71,000 from her boss whilst she was a manager of a Burnley care home.
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Bad weather is expected overnight.

Lancashire gritters set for busy night with bad weather expected

With wintery showers expected to hit Lancashire this evening and into the night, Lancashire County Council's gritting teams will be treating roads across the county.

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Royal Mail recommends that people post early

Royal Mail workers flat-out before posting deadlines

Royal Mail staff are working to ensure millions of Christmas cards arrive on time in what is their busiest week of the year.

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County Coun Gina Dowding

Councils must take action to prevent future flooding in Lancashire says Green councillor

Lancashire’s only Green county councillor has devised a five point plan to help reduce future flooding risks across the county.

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Here are all the dates for when your benefits will be paid.

Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it's especially tough if you're relying on benefits.
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County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council

County Council leader Geoff Driver calls for auditors to investigate payments of £.5m council health and wellbeing grants

The Tory leader of Lancashire County Council wants auditors to investigate how £500,000 of grants were distributed in the dying days of the previous Labour administration at County Hall.

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The busiest days are predicted to be December 20, 21 and 22

Fears of four hour delays on roads over Christmas

More than 20 million vehicles are expected on UK roads over the festive period resulting in delays of up to four hours, according to new analysis.
Transport
The drop came as Lottery sales fell by 9%

Rise of the scratchcard helps reduce Lottery's charitable returns

National Lottery income for good causes fell by 15% over the year to April as players turned away from draw-based games to scratchcards, a report from the Government's spending watchdog shows.

Business
The regulator said it wants suppliers to "go the extra mile" and take firmer action on tackling leaks

Water watchdog vows to cut bills for households in England and Wales

Households look set to save up to £25 a year off their water bills from 2020 to 2025 under plans put forward by regulator Ofwat.

Environment
Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene

Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene in a dispute over pay which is set to spark a series of strikes on Virgin Trains West Coast.

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The dispute is about winning independent representation for pilots

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Some Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action.

Business
Silence on Lancashire County Council's health contract with Virgin

Silence on Lancashire County Council's health contract with Virgin

An attempt by councillors to debate the controversial awarding of a £104m Lancashire County Council health contract to the private sector was knocked back.
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Julie Cooper MP said the closure would cause "great distress, inconvenience and frustration."

Santander confirms Padiham branch closure despite MP's opposition

Despite concerns raised by Burnley MP, Julie Cooper, Santander has confirmed that they plan to go ahead with the planned closure of the Padiham branch, insisting that closing "lesser-used" branches will not impede their ability to service "local communities".

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Researchers suggested that momentary distraction is a common contributor to road traffic deaths

Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Transport
Julie Cooper MP has called the branch closure a "flawed decision."

Julie Cooper MP slams Santander Padiham branch closure

The MP for Burnley, Julie Cooper, has written to the Regional Director of Santander to appeal against the retail banking company's decision to close down their branch in Padiham, expressing "grave concern" at the impact it will have on the community.

Business
Emails should be sent to staff about their behaviour before parties

Firms urged to email staff about behaviour before work Christmas parties

Firms are being urged to be extra vigilant about the threat of sexual harassment at office Christmas parties this year.

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