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Manchester 250: Thursday 18 October

Ship Canal flows with wine, traffic troubles and a spicy date

Published on October 18th 2007.

TESCO is to use the Manchester Ship Canal to transport goods. The supermarket giant will move crates of wine from South America from the Port of Liverpool to a container terminal at Irlam. This will mean that hundreds of lorry journeys will be taken off the roads. An estimated 600,000 litres of wine will travel along the 40 mile stretch of the canal each week.

MANCHESTER has some of the slowest roads in Europe. Road analysis website Keepmoving.co.uk has revealed that Manchester’s roads, with an average speed of 17.4mph, are the fourth slowest in Europe and highlight the need for public transport investment in the city. Cllr Roger Jones, chairman of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority, said: “The Keep Moving figures concerning traffic in Manchester come as no surprise to our region’s politicians - or indeed anyone who regularly uses Greater Manchester’s road network.”

THE SPICE GIRLS have added two Manchester dates to their up-coming world tour. Melanie C made the announcement on Key 103 radio this morning. The new dates for the gigs at the MEN Arena are Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 January. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 26 October and are likely to sell out in minutes.

WAYNE ROONEY was the hero and the villain in the Euro 2008 qualifier match last night. The striker scored a magnificent volley giving a 1-0 half time advantage but later conceded the penalty that let Russia back into the game and allowing them to win 2-1.

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