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Route map for Manchester Pride

The Manchester Pride parade starts at 1pm on Saturday and the Greater Manchester Police band has created the route map below.

Travel advice ahead of Manchester Pride

Manchester's Pride Parade.

Manchester is getting ready for it's annual pride festival.

There is a music event tonight and thousands of people are expected to turn out over the weekend for a parade.

The police have issued a number of road closures to help the public when planning journey's over the bank holiday.

- The Village area around Chorlton Street and Sackville Street will be closed to traffic throughout the weekend from Friday morning 22rd to Tuesday morning 26th August.

- As a result, bus services 219, 219N, 220, 221, X40, X41, X43, Terravision A40, Transpeak and Metroshuttle 1 will be diverted around the area. - The main parade will take place on Saturday 23 August from 1pm, travelling along Liverpool Road, Deansgate, John Dalton Street, Princess Street and Whitworth Street.

This will mean road closures from 6am on Saturday continuing until the parade finishes by 6pm. Parking restrictions will be in place within the closed routes.

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Full Report: Home at last - the couple with newborn twins caught up in the passport backlog

The Passport Office has admitted there's still a backlog of more than 450,000 applications.

It comes as a couple from Bolton, who were stranded with their newborn twins in India, have finally returned home.

Kiran and Bina Salvi waited three months for passports for their babies born to a surrogate mother.

Thousands of holidaymakers and business people have been caught up in big delays, first revealed by pictures of piles of applications at the Liverpool passport office.

Ann O'Connor has this report:

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Home after "farcical" passport delays

A couple from Westhoughton who travelled to India to meet their newborn surrogate children for the first time have returned home - five months after the twins were born.

Kiran and Bina Salvi said they were made to feel like criminals by the UK passport authority because of long delays processing their applications and a "farcical" lack of communication about their progress.

The situation arose during large-scale processing problems at the UK passport office this summer.

The couple are now back in Bolton with babies Jai and Leela. Bina said they were forced to live in a hotel room for months and missed their flights home while waiting for the children's passports to arrive.

Police are appealing for witnesses after crash in Belmont

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road accident on the A675 at Belmont.

The accident happened at shortly before 8.30am today when a Vauxhall Astra being driven along Belmont Road from Abbey Village towards Bolton tried to overtake a car but was met by an on-coming vehicle.

As the vehicle pulled back to the correct side of the road the driver lost control of the car and collided with a tree before spinning down an embankment and hitting another tree.

The driver, a 25 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered bruising and the front seat passenger, a 20 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered head, stomach and groin injuries.

Enquiries are on-going to trace the on-coming vehicle which is being traced as a possible witness.

Drivers criticise 'silly' road sign

Motorway sign Credit: Craig Weatherby/MEN Syndication

A bizarre motorway sign which tells drivers to beware the next ‘16,500 yards’ has been blasted by drivers.

The metal stand sign on a grass verge of the M61 motorway near Farnworth in Bolton advises motorists that there isn’t a hard shoulder - for 16,500 yards.

Driver Craig Weatherby told the Manchester Evening News he was left scratching his head over the Highways Agency sign and why they didn’t recalculate the sum into mileage. The distance equates to 9.3 miles.

Craig blasted: “It is just silly and ridiculous. If it was in miles then at least drivers would be able to measure it via their milometers. It looks like someone has just measured it out and ordered a sign without thinking. Who has a yardometer in their car!”

No one was available for comment from the Highways Agency.

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