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<b>Thursday 13 August:</b> Didsbury Metrolink meetings, Labour Conference is here until 2014 and it's Mr Loophole v the council

Published on August 13th 2009.


DIDSBURY RESIDENTS ARE being encouraged to attend Metrolink meetings next week. The drop-in events come after the announcement in May that the new line from Trafford Bar to Chorlton would be extended to East Didsbury. Residents are being asked for feedback on the proposals for the new line. Meetings are scheduled for: 17 August, Didsbury Library, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm; 18 August, The Northern Tennis Club, Palatine Road, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm; 20 August, Withington Leisure Centre, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

READERS BRACE YOURSELVES for another three autumns of disruption because Manchester will become the main home of the Labour Annual Conference in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Worth an estimated £50m to the local economy, delegates have praised Manchester for the quality of its facilities and traffic links. Police place a ‘ring of steel’ around the conference zone, causing traffic delays throughout the city centre.

MR LOOPHOLE HAS accused Manchester City Council of unlawfully fining thousands of motorists. Nick Freeman, who is well-known for clearing Premiership footballers accused of driving offences, says the local authority are “illegally raising revenue” by using public surveillance cameras to fine drivers who stray into bus lanes. The lawyer is now calling on the council to reimburse fines and be prosecuted if it has acted unlawfully.

ARMED OFFICERS WERE called to house in Rochdale after a series of shots were fired. The property, in Brandon Street was targeted last night. A police spokesman said no one was injured and no arrests have been made.

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east lancsAugust 13th 2009.

That's worryingly close to me Avo. Now I'm gonna be looking at everybody on the 111 wondering if it's you. Fearing it is...

east lancsAugust 13th 2009.

Huh? For £11 per week I can ride any Stagecoach or Magic Bus. How is that not "affordable"? If you live near a main bus route and work near one, it's so much easier than using your car.

LynnAugust 13th 2009.

Bus Lanes - What a lot of tosh!Bus lanes are for buses only. I've lost count of the number of times I have been overtaken on the inside by some stupid car driver trying to get ahead by using the bus lanes even though they can clearly see the rest of us queing in the correct lane. I think councils should use any means at their disposal to stop this. Hopefully, Freeman wont succeed in his endeavours and the fact that he is trying at all, leads me to think he may be one of those stupid drivers!

AvoAugust 13th 2009.

Same here east lancs. £11 gets me unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses which gets me to and from work and also to Platt Fields park where I go training. The beauty of getting public transport into work is that you're free to have that second, third or seventeenth drink after work without worrying about your car being stuck in town.

WillAugust 13th 2009.

Pity we don't have a more affordable and economical bus system so we can rely on to get us about rather than cars anyway. Bus lanes should only be for buses and cyclists...and maybe non petrol powered vehicles too.

tomegranateAugust 13th 2009.

scoteee, if that was the rule then all cars would use the bus lane, so it never would be empty, completely negating the point of having a bus lane in the first place. There are far more buses than ambulances so your scenario would be completely unworkable. Do you really think people would voluntarily move to the side to let buses through??

scoteeeAugust 13th 2009.

When an emergency service vehicle approaches, drivers move out of the way.When an empty bus lane is there drivers should be allowed to use it unless a bus is clearly coming through where the same rule should apply.the busses come in fukin fours anyway rendering the whole lane empty.As for the illegal revenue, I agree, the council shouldnt be using our own surveillance equipment to charge us more on our own roads.They should be surveying the things they put there to survey.

Idon'twantAugust 13th 2009.

Lynn, I totally agree with you. It's not like they aren't signposted clearly! This is one of my top driving bug bears along with people who drive right to the end of a closed lane on a road then try and push into the open lane, and those that don't drive in the bus lane when it is legal to do so

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