County to defend fracking planning powers

Lancashire County Council will tell the government that future decisions about fracking should be taken locally.

Disruption on some routes are set to continue

When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September.
The Transpennine Express has been affected by the timetable chaos

Dozens of suspended train services will not be back until September

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September, it has been revealed.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Chorley

Canal to close over water shortage fears

A 55-mile section of canal in Lancashire is to shut as the drought continues.


New BBC TV show shines the spotlight on the Lake District, one of the jewels of the north west

A new TV series aims to introduce one of the north west's most popular beauty spots to a new generation.

Winter Hill

Welcome rain on Winter Hill - but more is needed

Firemen and Lancashire residents have been given a boost after heavy rain fell on fire-ravaged Winter Hill.
The beautiful Lancashire countryside

£250k to attract young Nordic visitors to county

Marketing Lancashire is to get up to £250,000 to help attract more young Nordic visitors to the county.

WINTER HILL FIRE: 'We don't need fire tourists', warns Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle

As the wildfire at Winter Hill rages on nearly one week later, Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has called on people to stay away and let the emergency services get on with doing their jobs.
Firefighters at the scene at Winter Hill

Firefighters aiming to control fierce Winter Hill blaze

Lancashire firemen today resumed the battle to extinguish the Winter Hill moorland blaze as the incident entered its fourth day.

Fire crews from around UK called in to battle massive moorland blaze

Hundreds of firefighters from eight different forces were today launching a 'large scale attack' on the Winter Hill blaze, which now covers an area of five square miles.

Gritters are out across Lancashire to prevent roads from melting in the blistering summer heat

There's not a snowflake in sight but the heat wave that has hit Lancashire these last few weeks has led to the unusual sight of gritters being used in the summer sun.

WINTER HILL FIRE: Man arrested on suspicion of arson

Lancashire Police have arrested a man in connection to the Winter Hill fire that took alight on Rivington Moor yesterday afternoon.
Upgrade works on the Preston to Manchester route have been delayed, Network Rail has announced

Nine-day closure of Lancashire rail line planned for summer

A rail passengers in Lancashire are facing a nine-day closure of the track for further works.

Blackpool Zoo flamingos

LIVE: Watch Blackpool Zoo's newest flamingo hatch

It's all flamingo-go-go in the bird nursery


A colourful red panda has made an adorable debut at Chester Zoo

The one-year-old male, Koda, arrived from a zoo in Cornwall after being chosen as the perfect companion for the zoo’s resident female, Nima.

Rebecca Watson whose protest forced a council rethink

Council look to scrap ‘rat tax’ after protest

Councillors look set to scrap a controversial “rat tax” amid fears it could be making the rodent problem worse.

There have been no trains between Oxenholme and Windermere since Northern launched its new timetable

Trains to Lake District 'will run from July'

Trains will be back running to the Lake District from next month, says Northern.

Booths chairman Edwin Booth

Booths free hot drink scheme to be cut

Booths free coffee benefits - a staple of many people's days - are to be cut.
Lostock Hall Academy students with their handcrafted butterflies.

Councillor's anger over "heartless" vandalism at Lostock Hall butterfly art display

A South Ribble councillor has hit out at vandalism that has plagued a borough park’s poignant arts project.
The Ribble estuary

Lancashire estuary protection zones go out to public consultation

Wildlife in three of Lancashire’s major estuaries could receive protection after the Government announced a consultation on 41 proposed Marine conservation Zones around the UK.

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