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TUC March To Disrupt Sunday Traffic…

…and spank the Tories over the NHS

Written by . Published on September 24th 2013.

TUC March To Disrupt Sunday Traffic…

THE Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised march set to coincide with the first day of the Conservative Party annual conference at Manchester Central this Sunday 29 September is expected to draw tens of thousands of disgruntled protestors to the streets of Manchester this weekend.

Due to the march, traffic through the city centre on Sunday 29 September is consequently buggered.

The ‘Save Our NHS’ three-mile march, beginning on Liverpool Road and culminating with a rally at Whitworth Park, has been organised by the TUC in opposition to continued cuts, job losses and increasing involvement of private healthcare companies in the NHS.

This is their beef:

North West MP and Opposition health spokesperson Andy Burnham MP will speak in Whitworth Park, along with TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady, and a number of union leaders - including the FBU's Matt Wrack, Dave Prentis from Unison, Len McCluskey from Unite, the NUT's Christine Blower and Mark Serwotka from PCS.

The event is also hoping to raise concerns about the wider effect that government policies are having upon communities across the UK.

Marchers in the park will hear contributions from speakers who want the bedroom tax scrapped, a halt to the Royal Mail privatisation plans, the introduction of proper job guarantees for unemployed youngsters and an end to austerity and spending cuts.

A number of films will also be shown in the park - including one filmed during the Austerity Uncovered tour which saw a TUC bus visit towns and cities in England in June.

There'll also be live music.

It's a festival of protest. The TUC should have called it Protest Fest 2013.

Best to avoid these on SundayBest to avoid these on Sunday

Disruptions to travel:

Due to the march, traffic through the city centre on Sunday 29 September is consequently buggered.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have advised people travelling through the city centre on Sunday to prepare for severe road delays and disruption to public transport services during the march.

The march will assemble on Liverpool Road by the MOSI at around 11am. The front of the march shall depart Liverpool Road at 12.15pm before making its way over to the Tory conference at Manchester Central by 1.15pm. The march shall then continue past the Manchester Royal Infirmary on Oxford Road around 1.45pm before converging on Whitworth Park around 2.15pm. The event finishes at 4.15pm.

Why quarter past the hour is such a popular time with the TUC is as yet unknown.

Some city centre roads (below) will be closed completely during the march until they are clear (probably at quarter past something) and some diversions will be in place from early morning.

Here’s the list:

Liverpool Road will be closed from 8am until clear.

Whitworth Street/Oxford Street junction from 11am until clear.

Deansgate from Whitworth Street to St Marys Gate from 11.30 until clear.

Some roads will be closed in the Moss Side area due to coach parking:

Booth Street West and Lloyd Street North.

Higher Cambridge Street, Boundary Lane and Greenheys Lane may be closed in the event of overspill.

Liverpool RoadLiverpool Road

Bus services on Sunday will be diverted around the city centre and Moss Side. The services affected are: 8 12 18 26 33 36 37 41 42 43 44 50 53 84 85 86 99 101 104 105 109 111 130 142 143 197 250 255 256 263 A40 Metroshuttle 1 2 X41SC X41TD X43 X50 X57.

More information on road closures and bus services here.

Metrolink services will also be affected (listed below). A revised Metrolink service will run from around 11am for the duration of the event. All metrolink services to the south of the city will be affected and a replacement shuttle bus will be in place:

Metrolink services will operate as follows:

Altrincham to Trafford Bar

East Didsbury to Trafford Bar

Eccles to Exchange Quay

Bury to Droylsden (via Piccadilly)

Rochdale to Victoria

A shuttle bus replacement service will operate directly between:

Trafford Bar and Piccadilly

Exchange Quay and Piccadilly

Trafford BarTrafford Bar

Passengers who normally board at Cornbrook can board a tram to Trafford Bar where a replacement bus service is available.

Normal Metrolink services will resume as soon as the march has passed through the city centre. For more information click here.

Information on all public transport services across Greater Manchester is available from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus any network charges).

More information on the march is avaliable on the TUC website.

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

LuggySeptember 24th 2013.

Such balanced journalism, well done.

DavidSeptember 24th 2013.

This writer and this website might as well be wearing a vote Labour badge such is their bias. Of course this is the same Labour Party who relies on northern voters to get into power and then Shafts them by doing everything for the benefit of London.Witness the huge spending on transport in London during the last Labour government.At least the Tories have the excuse for not favouring the north in that most of its seats are in the South East.Balls has already got in early with betraying the north by threatening to cancel the new high speed rail line. The worst thing that ever happened to Manchester was that it became dominated by Labour.There is now little democracy left with election turnouts becoming lower and lower.

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AnonymousSeptember 25th 2013.

I actually dont think this is biased in any way. Just says whats going on and what problems are expected. Grow up

DavidSeptember 25th 2013.

Get real Anonymous it states without any questioning TUC propaganda..Your just a deluded Labour stooge.

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Simon TurnerSeptember 26th 2013.


Fitz LinsonSeptember 27th 2013.

Solidarity comrades - the Tories aren't welcome around here

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Duke FameSeptember 29th 2013.

I live round here and I'll be voting Tory, perhaps the Labour scum are the one who are not welcome.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

I am afraid they are, Fitz.

AnonymousSeptember 29th 2013.

Since when did this website agree to be unbiased anyway? If you don't like it, setup your own website.

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Oddly notSeptember 29th 2013.

Exactly - what is this notion of unbiased journalism?

JimSeptember 29th 2013.

Pretty much every media company has a political biast towards one party. This ones obviously labour leaning, but as they're a Manchester based one they have to be as the Tories have no influence in Manchester.

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DavidSeptember 29th 2013.

This one claims repeatedly that it does not,that it s impartial.They should at least have the guts to admit they are a Labour supporting.Also it would not matter so much if the Mirror owned MEN was not so slavishly pro Labour as well,so there are no local journalists seriously challenging what the council are doing.

AnonymousSeptember 29th 2013.

Absolute rubbish David. This is pretty much the only magazine to take it to the council on many matters - you read the recent litter problem piece??? I think maybe you should read this website a bit more and moan less

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

No it does not.Its you who are deluded.This website criticises Labour very occasionally when it does things the editor does not like such as with library walks.But that's it,as they clearly are more than sympathetic to the Labour Party. They don't feature any non Labour politicians,they don't feature any writers with non Labour views and they given scant coverage to the main event in the city this week,the Tory conference.They are about as objective as the Chinese media is regarding the communist party,when it comes to their political coverage.

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

A headline about a TUC march,and article about 'spanking the Tories',while choosing quite deliberately to ignore the major event in city this week,shows how biased they are.I quite sure when Labour holds it conference here they will take an entirely different stance.

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Oddly notSeptember 30th 2013.

Oh God, that weirdo David's back with his monomanias and multiple posts

Duke FameSeptember 30th 2013.

You are right, David. It's sad that Manchester only exists because of trade but the areas media and apparantly voters want to turn the place into a lifeless socialist paradise.

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