No electric trains on Bolton line until May 2018

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Electric trains will not run between Manchester and Bolton until May 2018 at the earliest, according to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, while Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has slammed services on the line as “completely unacceptable”.

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SITE VISIT | Conlon’s Preston Market

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Charlie Schouten

Work is well underway to bring Preston’s grade two-listed covered market back into use in a £3m restoration and new-build project. Main contractor Conlon is looking to begin its phased handover of the project to market traders in December this year. [GALLERY]

HCA Preston Homes

HCA to get green light for 250 Preston homes

Proposals by the Homes & Communities Agency for more 250 homes on farmland are due to be discussed by Preston Council’s planning committee on Friday, having been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Shru Morris, Stephen Bell Napthens

Napthens announces partner promotion

Property lawyer Stephen Bell, who joined the Preston-headquartered firm in 2014, has been named a partner to mark his contribution to the business.

Lydia Harper Of PWA Planning

Harper joins PWA

Lancashire planning consultancy PWA Planning has strengthened its team with the appointment of experienced town planner Lydia Harper.

Preston market hall to open in early 2018

Preston’s new indoor market hall is to open in early 2018, after traders requested that the existing market stay in place until after the Christmas trading period.

Manchester to Preston rail electrification hit by delay

Charlie Schouten

Electrification of rail lines between Manchester and Preston has been hit by a delay, with works not due to complete until after its original end date of December 2017, according to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority report.