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Manchester City's stadium set to become second largest in Premier League

Manchester City have today announced phase two of the Etihad stadium expansion.

It will see a further three rows of seats built pitch-side and take total capacity to just over 55000.

Watch a spectacular fly-through video showing the entire construction process:

The club says that work began in March 2014 to add around 6000 seats to the South Stand and both projects are due to complete in time for the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

Demand has soared from fans hoping to secure a seat following the news of the South Stand expansion, and the waiting list for new seasoncards now stands at 7,500.

Planning permission has also been granted for a third phase which could see a further 6000 seats and a total capacity of around 61000, making the Etihad the second largest stadium in the Premier League.

Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We have always been committed to bringing fans closer to Manchester City, to the players and to the pitch.

Whether that’s through digital innovation, community work, international tours, or as in this case, physically allowing fans to be right next to the action, it is our top priority.

We are already looking forward to seeing the expanded stadium in action for the 15/16 season.”

For nine months of 2013 Manchester City held a free exhibition on the Etihad Campus in order to consult with local residents, fans and other stakeholders.

The decision to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium has enabled the Club to provide even more seasoncards and at the same time to improve the on-site hospitality offering.

As with all of the Club’s infrastructure projects, the expansion provides both employment and procurement opportunities for the local community.

Approximately 160 people will be employed through the project at its peak and up to 110 match day jobs will be created in these first phases.

The work begins with immediate effect and will continue throughout the 2014/15 season.

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Arriva apologise to 93 year old for ambulance delay

Jack Dean waited 5 hours for an Arriva ambulance on his 93rd birthday Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Bosses from private operators Arriva have apologised to a dementia sufferer from Altrincham who was left waiting for an ambulance for 5 hours.

Jack Dean was being taken to a nursing home in Timperley for respite care on his 93rd birthday.

The bus company has a contract to transport non- emergency cases in Greater Manchester.

Arriva says it was down to the complex needs of other patients and the volume of journeys on that day and has launched an investigation.

Chorlton traders say no to cash - for one day only

Is plastic fantastic? Credit: PA

Shoppers on one street in Chorlton are being given a snapshot of a cashless society as retailers spend the day trading entirely without notes or coins.

Independent stores on Beech Road, Chorlton, are going ‘cashless’ today - for just one day - as a social experiment to test consumer and business reaction.

Those who run the road’s bars, restaurants, takeaways, bakery, hairdressers, convenience store, deli, boutiques and other stores have agreed to ditch notes and coins and encourage customers to pay only with their cards.

No cash needed at Beech Road, Chorlton, for one day only. Credit: PA

Mary Paul, of the Beech Road traders association, said: “Businesses can see the way things are going with more money being taken on cards across the board, so this is a very interesting glimpse into the future for all of us.”

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Investment is recognition of hard work at Halewood

Unions are welcoming the creation of two hundred and fifty jobs at the Merseyside car maker Jaguar Land Rover.

Bosses at the plant in Halewood have announced plans to build a new line of vehicles at the site.

More than 200 million pounds will be invested in production of the Discovery Sport.

Richard Else is the operations manager at Jaguar Landrover.

Union welcomes new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover plant at Halewood Credit: ITV Granada

Unions have welcomed the £200 million investment at Jaguar Landrover leading to 250 new jobs.

Unite's national officer for the automotive industries Roger Maddison said:

"Unite members have shown that they have the skills and commitment to make Land Rover the world leader that it is."

“These new jobs are an important stepping stone to the creation of more such highly skilled jobs."

“The UK car industry has gone through a renaissance in the last decade and is once again at the forefront of British manufacturing, producing high quality vehicles, many of which are exported abroad."

“The bedrock of this achievement has been the good working relationship that the trades unions and employers have built up on the industrial relations front.”

Jobs boost at Jaguar in Halewood

Jaguar Land Rover announce new jobs Credit: PA

250 new jobs are expected to be created in Merseyside at car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover. The plant in Halewood have announced plans to build a new line of vehicles called the Discovery Sport at the site.

More than £200m pounds will be invested in production. The Halewood workforce is expected to treble over the next four years.

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