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City news in 250 words: Friday 2 April

New cross-city bus links, new street trading laws and new heritage trail

Published on April 1st 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 2 April

£38M FOR MANCHESTER CROSS-CITY BUS PACKAGE: The Department of Funding announced the award yesterday, which according to Sir Richard Leese "herald enormous improvements to bus services through the city centre." In particular, there will be "improved bus links to the hospitals, universities, cultural institutions along the Oxford Road corridor…which will provide a sustainable and appealing alternative to the car.”

BILL PASSED TO CLAMP DOWN ON STREET TRADERS: The Lords have passed a bill intended to stop people using pedlar's certificates to trade illegally in busy areas such as Market Street. The Manchester City Council bill is targeted at traders who flout the guidelines by trading in fixed locations or selling counterfeit and potentially dangerous products. It is set to become law later in the year.

LOWRY TO COMMISSION FIVE £35K ARTWORKS: Five outdoor public artworks which reflect the history of Salford Quays will form a new 'heritage trail'. This is part of an initiative to recapture the rich industrial and social history of Salford. Artists will work with former Quays workers, current residents and history buffs to create their works, which is hoped to be completed by October.

LITTLE HULTON MISSIONARIES ARE MONGOLIAN TV SENSATIONS: Senior pastors Bill and Sue Davison, of Bethony Church in Keyon Way, have become celebrities in their promotion of the good book. Only 2.5% of the Mongolian population are Christian, but a programme of the couple's seminars in the city of Darkhan have become the second most popular programme in the station's history.

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Adrian WrenchApril 2nd 2010.

The lowry comission sounds incredibly introspective - why just the quays, surely they should be representing the whole of salford. Looking forward to the Salford Star's response.

AnonymousApril 3rd 2010.

The WHOLE of Salfor- whats there to represent?

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