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<b>Friday 10 October:</b> C-charge consultation ends, pay before you board buses and Oasis will play at home

Published on October 10th 2008.

THE CONGESTION CHARGE consultation process ends today. Details of the proposal for transport improvements were sent to thousands of homes and businesses over the past three months. They have also been available online. Three of Greater Manchester's ten councils - Bury, Stockport and Trafford - are all opposed to the charge. A referendum will be held on 12 December.

BUS TICKET MACHINES are being tested in Manchester. The system will enable passengers to purchase bus tickets before boarding buses. Manchester has been selected as the city to trial the £82,000 proposal for a year. The solar-powered devices are being installed along the busy A6 corridor between Piccadilly railway station and Hazel Grove, in Stockport. Passengers will also still have the option to be able to pay cash on the bus.

OASIS have confirmed they will be playing in Manchester despite an announcement that their 'Dig Out Your Soul 2008/2009 World Tour' would be going to Liverpool then Sheffield - but missing out Manchester. The Gallagher brothers have now said that they have something special planned for Manchester next summer.

MANCHESTER CITY has reportedly offered Liverpool striker Fernando Torres £20,000 a week to move to Eastlands. Torres however has said profusely that he would not be interested in any offer at any price. He currently has another five years left on his contract with Liverpool, after which he has said he would like to join Barcelona before returning to his previous club Atletico Madrid, where he hopes to finish his career.

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DaveOctober 10th 2008.

£20,000 a week? £1m per annum? championship rates. Surely you mean £200,000?

Thoroughbred MancOctober 10th 2008.

Ah, that explains the ticket machines along the infamous 192 bus route...

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