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<b>Friday 18 July:</b> More taxis, bye bye Bullocks and Berba for United

Published on July 18th 2008.

MANCHESTER needs more taxis, according to Lib Dem councillor, John Commons. He said additional cabs in the city would help cut crime by transporting people away from the city centre quickly after nights out. He told Crain's Manchester Business: “We feel the city is underserved, particularly at night. The number of additional taxis has not been enough to make sure they are working at night, which is very important in view of cutbacks to late night buses. The service is not as good as it used to be.”

R.BULLOCK bus company is reportedly handing over their bus services to Stagecoach. Bullocks has been on Greater Manchester's roads for a long time, operating bus and coach services. If plans go ahead, it would mean that Finglands would be the last competitor to Stagecoach on the Wilmslow Road route.

TWO FUEL PROTESTS are taking place in Greater Manchester this weekend. A fleet of six trucks will start their protest in Oldham town centre from 11am on Saturday. In another protest, a group of vehicles will leave the Lymm Truck Shop on the Princess Parkway (M56) at 9am on Saturday. The convoy will then drive towards Salford via Princess Road, the Mancunian Way and Regent Road (M602).

MANCHESTER UNITED are bidding for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov according to reports. Sir Alex Ferguson told the Sun: “We have good expectations that this deal will go through. Berbatov has been impressive. We are hoping to have a constructive conversation with Tottenham in the near future.”

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MatJuly 18th 2008.

If that's right about R. Bullock then it's very sad. Is there any chance of ManCon looking into how Stagecoach's near monopoly impacts on the public transport users of Manchester? How can it be right that they charge 50% more on the A34/Upper Brook Street corridor (where there is no competition) than they do on the Wilmslow Road corridor (where there has historically been a lot of competition, though this is now dwindling). And also isn't it funny how they raised prices on the Chorlton routes effectively by 100% when their only competitor went out of business. ManCon has done a lot to raise awareness about TIF and the future of transport in Manchester. Surely this issue, which affects people right now, deserves some press?

ClareJuly 18th 2008.

Lymm Truck Shop?! Where's that then?

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