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Rochdale’s £11.5m transport interchange to open

Rochdale’s £11.5m transport interchange opens its doors to the public later. Transport for Greater Manchester say it will provide enhanced levels of facilities and improved safety and security for bus passengers and will link directly with the new Metrolink extension.

I am delighted that we have completed this innovative and hugely significant project that will provide a fantastic, modern gateway for the town centre and a European first, thanks to its hydropower plant.

The interchange will provide better links between rail and bus services as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, safety and security.

The facility is also going to play a crucial part in making Rochdale an exciting destination for residents, shoppers and businesses alike.”

– Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee

Manchester and Liverpool among the UK's Most Congested Cities

Stuck in traffic Credit: PA

Motorists in Manchester and Liverpool have to put up with some of the worst traffic jams in the country.

A new study puts both cities in the top ten of most congested places.

It claims drivers in Manchester suffer more than 30 minutes of rush hour delays each day.

In Liverpool, motorists sit in traffic jams for an average of 23 minutes.

Manchester was seventh in the league table and Liverpool was placed tenth.

The worst place for traffic congestion was Bristol. London was placed fifth in the rankings.

The research was conducted by sat nav company Tom Tom which said it has studied "trillions" of journeys across the world since 2007.

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'Generous compensation' promised for HS2

Transport Secretary  Patrick McLoughlin speaking to the House of Commons
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin speaking to the House of Commons

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that those who need to sell their house but struggle because of the HS2 plans will still be helped and that he wants the line, "to create jobs and prosperity not to harm it."

"I understand how proposals like this can affect the property markets so compensation will be as generous as on the first phase, and more generous then when we built the motorways."

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