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<b>Tuesday 19 August:</b> Chorlton and Rusholme ruined by traffic calming, mosque first, and £30m loan for City

Published on August 19th 2008.

LOCAL RESIDENTS have declared the 'traffic calming schemes' in Chorlton and Rusholme a waste of money. Instead of reducing risk and making the suburbs more attractive to investment, locals feel the opposite has been achieved. With the narrowing of the carriageways on Barlow Moor Road and Wilmslow Road cyclists are forced into traffic whilst average speeds have been reduced dramatically causing local businesses to suffer as people bypass the areas. Meanwhile £1.5m has been wasted improving traffic flows on the M56 at the Altrincham junction. A further 22 weeks of work will be needed to reverse the switch from three lanes to two.

CONGESTION CHARGING SUPPORTERS have received a boost from a leaked MORI opinion. The Manchester Evening News says the poll shows 53% support the charge, with 40% against and 7% undecided.

IN A THE FIRST UK CASE OF ITS KIND a man has been accused of coercing two boys to whip themselves during a Shia Muslim religious ceremony.. 44-year-old Syed Mustafa Zaidi is said to have pressurised the two boys, aged 13 and 15, to beat themselves on 19 January at a community centre in Manchester. The prosecutor, Andrew Nuttall, is quoted as saying: "This was not only against their own will but is not allowed by law."

WITH ON-GOING UNCERTAINTY over the future of owner, Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City have secured a £30 million loan against future TV revenue to support manager Mark Hughes in signing a left back, a midfield player and a striker.

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John ClarkeAugust 19th 2008.

So where's the statement about the future of the Chop Houses?

JinkiesAugust 19th 2008.

Odd that, when the traffic calming came in my bus journey was suddenly 10 to 15minutes quicker every day down Wilmslow road. I agree with the points about cycling though, but that's a problem everywhere as the council seems quite happy to stick single yellow lines through half of them, and they just become a parking bay.

AnonymousAugust 19th 2008.

I understand that Environmental Health have insisted on traffic calming measures to be installed on Wilmslow Road to stop the place becoming a rat run...erm...I'll get me coat...

Mr HoyAugust 19th 2008.

As a cyclist there is no logic to narrowing the road as it forces people into buses. It also is bad for pedestrians as they have to dodge between parked cars into traffic running very close to those parked cars. I would like to know who actually benefits from these schemes: not the cyclists, not the pedestrians, not the cars and buses, not the businesses. So why build them?

Slip DigbyAugust 19th 2008.

Is this the same Wilmslow Road in Rusholme that is plagued with vehicles illegally stopping on double yellows, bus bays, street corners, and virtually wherever else they can find? In my view the problem is one of lack of enforcement rather than any great failings with the calming scheme per se. If TIF comes in, can anyone else see the main drag through Rusholme becoming bus only?

JennAugust 19th 2008.

How can I stop these bloody pop ups, I've done the survey and am still getting them EVERYTIME I navigate. I am clicking NEVER but still they persist!

Jonathan SchofieldAugust 19th 2008.

We're still waiting John. Have chased it. Might be first thing tomorrow.

Technical @ Confidential TowersAugust 19th 2008.

Sorry about that Jenn. The popup text relies on a cookie to remember that someone has already filled out the survey, though of course not everyone has these enabled for all sites. To save your sanity I've switched it off.

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