Glasshouse At Alderley Park Crop

BUDGET 2020 | Gov’t to double investment in science and tech

Sarah Townsend and Chloé Vaughan

The Chancellor pledged to increase research spending in the technology and low-carbon sectors, including plans to build "at least two" carbon capture and storage facilities in areas such as Merseyside by 2030.

Rishi Sunak At His Desk

BUDGET 2020 | Sunak pledges £600bn for UK infrastructure

Jessica Middleton-Pugh and Sarah Townsend

In the first post-Brexit budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pointed to infrastructure investment as a chance to “level up opportunity and share prosperity” across the UK, however the bulk of detail on the Government’s planned spending in the North West is expected in the coming months.

Liverpool Aerial October 2019

Liverpool launches town centres commission

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Chloé Vaughan

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has set up an independent commission aimed at creating a vision for 17 town centres to ensure their “prosperous and sustainable long-term future”.

Northern Train

Region backs Northern rail decision

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Sarah Townsend

Regional leaders and businesses applauded the Government’s decision to renationalise the beleaguered Northern rail franchise, saying it has fallen short of delivering an acceptable service to passengers for years.

Royton Town Hall

Search on for Royton Town Hall contractor

Chloé Vaughan

Oldham Council is to launch a £2.4m tender for a contractor to redevelop Royton Town Hall, after increasing the budget for the project by almost a third to £2.9m, and completing an extensive consultation.