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Manchester 250: 14 June 2007

Doing the locomotion slowly and armed patrols stepped up

Published on June 14th 2007.

TRAINS between Manchester and London are likely to become less comfortable in the long term as demand for services grows. A report has found that despite a £.8.6bn upgrade, the line will need further investment to accommodate growing passenger numbers. The Department of Transport, Network Rail and train companies have been urged to do all they can to increase capacity and reduce disruption.

VICTORIA Station is to get a £300m facelift which will include offices, shops, apartments and station improvements. The station, which has had a leaking roof for years, will be the biggest development since the building of the M.E.N Arena a decade ago. City council chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein said: “We have the opportunity to create something very special in a part of the city centre which is starting to transform itself.”

CATHEDRAL leaders have condemned Sony bosses as ‘ignorant’ following their request for the Playstation 3 game which features a violent gun battle inside Manchester Cathedral, to be taken off shelves. Dean Govender said: “We believe a silent response on this issue is not acceptable behaviour.” Sony claim they are in talks with Church officials.

ARMED police are on the increase in South Manchester following a series of shootings. Recent incidents include two teenagers being shot at by masked men in Moss Side and two shootings in Gorton and Newton Heath. Supt John O’Hare said: “We are concerned about these incidents, which go against a lot of hard work being done by people in the community.”

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Mark GarnerJune 14th 2007.

I am not so certain the trains will get packed, certainly not first class. Our Chairman and I have just priced up a day return to London for four of us. A mind boggling near £300 each. We have booked a Limo with Bees Knees (shameless-ish promotion, they advertise with us) for £350 for the four of us, door to door. I believe Virgin have gone blinking mental.Mark Garner Publisher ManchesterConfidential.com

Howard SharrockJune 14th 2007.

Yeah Scott, Don't look at the headline ads check the availability! What Virgin have done is raise prices modestly on the headline but doubled the off-peak prices. As Mark says, its much cheaper and more convenient for us to hire a nice car and be driven there and back than for us to use the train. Three months ago this was not the case.

scottJune 14th 2007.

well dont travel first class and book in advance. 12.50 each way with virgin, manchester to london....theres hardly any difference between first class and standard class on trains....or alternatively, go for the real budget option and book in advance on National Express coach or mega bus. £2 return each.

AnonymousJune 14th 2007.

If you book months in advance at not peak times then yes te train is quite good value, however, as many people know its not always possible to book so far in advance and for someone to be charged £12.50 and the next seat at £300 is stupid. And I beg to differ on virgin trains there is a big difference between 1st class and standard, more leg room for a start plus free drinks etc always helps on a hot busy day! Travelling by bus, are you having a laugh, fine if you want to spend at least 5 hours in cramped conditions!

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