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Manchester 250: Monday 26 November

Bus lanes rake in cash, strikes cancelled and Anelka is favourite

Published on November 26th 2007.

BUS ONLY LANES have generated almost £500,000 in fines in the last year. Wilmslow Road alone has caught 28,000 motorists using the lanes in peak time periods, accounting for 40 per cent of the total amount of bus lane fines in Manchester. The money received from the fines, is used to improve public transport.

MOTORISTS are being urged not to leave their vehicles running and unattended whilst they are defrosting. Police have revealed that150 vehicles were stolen across Greater Manchester when drivers left their cars unattended with the engines running in January and February of this year. Ch Insp Haydn Roberts said: “People are tempted to leave their car engine running on a frosty morning while they stay inside the house to keep nice and warm. Our advice to all drivers is to stay in their vehicle when defrosting it.”

STAGECOACH strikes, which were due to take place on Tuesday and Thursday, have been called off. Reports confirm that a new wage deal is in place and if it is accepted, strikes planned for 1, 3, 5 and 7 December will also be cancelled. The new wage offer will be released on Tuesday.

FOLLOWING United’s 1-0 defeat against Bolton on Saturday, it’s rumoured that both City and United could battle for Bolton striker, Nicolas Anelka. Both the Reds and the Blues are reportedly interested in pursuing the 28-year-old in the January transfer window. Anelka scored the winning goal in the game which was United’s first loss in ten Premiership matches.

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