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Pledge to improve mobile coverage for rural areas

A campaign leaflet to improve coverage for isolated areas Credit: The Countryside Alliance

OFCOM has pledged to improve mobile phone coverage in rural areas in a move that's being welcomed by campaigners. The Countryside Alliance says the government's five point plan will improve services and so far, three of four mobile providers have hit their target of 90% of the UK population.

The Alliance says OFCOM's five point plan includes an undertaking to extend coverage to the 10% of the UK population who live in the most hard to reach areas. It's expected that the move will help hundreds living in the region's most isolated homes.


'Smart Motorway' scheme launched

An artist's impression of the M60 at Trafford Credit: Highways Agency

A scheme opening the hard shoulder of a section of motorway in Manchester to ease congestion is being launched.

The smart motorways scheme will be introduced on a 17-mile stretch between Junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and Junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale

How the M60 will look at Stretford Credit: Highways Agency

The system will use technology to monitor traffic levels, provide traffic information to road users, and try to ease congestion by using variable speed limits on overhead signs.

The hard shoulder will be permanently converted into an extra lane on a five-mile stretch of the M62 between Junctions 18 and 20 which links the North West to Yorkshire.

VIDEO: Bolton's "Supercar" is set to break records

Keating Supercars, based in Bolton, are one of our region's business success stories - they make rather fast cars for those who can afford them.

Now there's not much scope for getting your foot down on UK roads.

But next month Keatings' latest car - appropriately named the Bolt - will be heading to Dubai in the hope of breaking the world land speed record.

Tim Scott reports:-



Manchester United post record revenues

Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium.
Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United latest annual results confirm the club's rapid commercial expansion.

With new deals being announced on almost a weekly basis, it is no surprise commercial revenues have risen a staggering 29.7% to £152.5million for the year ended June 30, 2013.

It is the most significant rise in an overall 13.4% increase in turnover to a club record of £363.2million.

The club's debt has fallen by 10.9% to £389.2million.

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