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.
Fracking site

Have a say on fast track bid for fracking

Anti-fracking campaigners have urged people to have a say on Government plans to take decisions on shale gas drilling bids away from local authorities.


Water bosses apply to take water from Ullswater, Windermere and Ennerdale to beat drought

Following the announcement of a hosepipe ban, United Utilities has submitted drought applications to take more water from lakes.

Travellers have moved onto land off Warren Drive

Concern over travellers’ latest camp

A group of travellers is still parked up on land in the Norbreck area of Blackpool, causing concern to residents in the area.


Thornton couple flooded out of home for months

A Thornton couple who were flooded out of their home are unable to return eight months on.
Cuadrilla's drilling rig soon to be dismantled. On the right can be seen the two flare towers ready for the gas flow testing

Cuadrilla gets ready to take down drill rig at Preston New Road site

Shale gas firm Cuadrilla has finished drilling its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site.


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.

Halites proposed gas storage  site on the River Wyre.

Protesters’ delight at Halite plan delay

Campaigners against controversial plans to store gas under the River Wyre and discharge 80,000 cubic metres of brine into the sea a day off Fleetwood say they are encouraged by further delays to the scheme.

Cuadrilla site at Preston New Road

Anti-frackers’ water supply call

Anti-fracking campaigners protesting at the Preston New Road site have highlighted fracking’s potential impact on the water supply.

Police have warned of traffic delays

"Expect delays" as traffic builds on major resort route

A contraflow is causing traffic jams in a main route in to Blackpool.

Cuadrillas drilling rig at Preston New Road

Anti-frackers anniversary action at Preston New Road site

Protestors gathered at Cuardilla’s fracking site exactly three years after Lancashire County Council rejected the company’s application to drill for shale gas – later overruled by the government.

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.

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.

Deal is struck over plans for 1,400 homes on the edge of Blackpool

Plans build 1,400 new homes and create a garden village on the edge of Blackpool have been officially signed off.
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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