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<b>Monday 3 August:</b> Trams stop, bikes take off, United didn’t steal and bollards to you

Published on August 3rd 2009.

TWO OF GREATER Manchester’s main tram routes will be closed for a month while work gets underway on new routes. The Altrincham and Eccles lines will be closed while work is completed to open the new Chorlton and MediacityUK lines. Frequent replacement buses will run between all key stops until the trams begin running again on 1 September.

SUNDAY’S SKYRIDE has been declared a success with thousands of cyclists following a six mile route along main city roads which had been closed to traffic. Celebrities and Olympic athletes joined other Mancunians as they claimed the city streets from Albert Square to Sportcity and the Velodrome. Albert Square was the focus with family events, BMX stunts, speed tests and food and drink stalls. Gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton called for the event to be repeated next year.

MANCHESTER UNITED has denied claims they have “stolen” teenage midfielder Paul Pogba from French club Le Havre. The French club said the Reds offered “very large” sums to the 16-year-old's parents to induce him to end a contract he has until the end of this season. United have dismissed the claims as “utter nonsense”.

MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL has said “silly and selfish” motorists who crash into the city centre’s rising bollards could face prosecution under a council crackdown. Last week, two more cars collided with the bollards on Cross Street, which are designed to allow buses and emergency vehicles through by activating a sensor but immediately rise after the vehicle has passed – blocking tailgating cars.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Start a kind word on its travel; it may go far and do a lot of good

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 7/10

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

elAugust 3rd 2009.

Jinkies was on aout the trams me thinks, Cas...

JinkiesAugust 3rd 2009.

Can't they start the work from the Chorlton and MediaCity end of the tracks and work back, then close the main line for a week whilst they join them all together? Seems a bit silly to close so much of the route for so long.

JinkiesAugust 3rd 2009.

Not sure you made a whole bunch of sense though Cas ;) Mad a sack of cats that comment.

CasAugust 3rd 2009.

Jinkies, you said 'Seems a bit silly to close so much of the route for so long', so I said 'silly is as silly does' ie the whole metrolink upgrade seems a bit unorganised. Then I mentioned the skyride as I did it, it's in the article above, and it was fun. I would have put big spaces using enter but Mancon doesn't seem to like that.

JinkiesAugust 3rd 2009.

ah, would a Cas by any other name still smell as sweet?

CasAugust 3rd 2009.

Jinkies remember, silly is as silly does. Skyride was another great event!

CasAugust 3rd 2009.

I know.

elAugust 3rd 2009.

Cas, you make more sense than Jinkies at least.

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