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One day bus drivers strike in Manchester tomorrow

Hundreds of bus drivers are to stage a one-day strike Credit: First

Hundreds of bus drivers are to stage a one-day strike in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions agreements.

Members of Unite working for First Manchester Ltd will walk out tomorrow, claiming "serious breaches" of long-standing industrial agreements.

Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said:

It is with a heavy heart that our members have been left with no option but to strike. We regret any inconvenience and disruption caused to passengers, but they cannot and will not sit by and let their hard-fought for agreements be trashed.

All the issues in this dispute could easily be resolved by the senior management and at no financial cost to the business.

This is not a question of ability, but of a willingness to honour commitments and agreements that the company have signed up to.

– Unite regional officer Neil Clarke

Villagers protest at loss of bus service

A protests been held in the Lancashire village of Sabden which has lost its bus service. The service operator has withdrawn the service after Lancashire County Council withdrew financial support due to cutbacks. The council says it looked for alternatives but could not afford to provide a replacement.. Paul McKenna heads a pressure group in the village desperate to get the service re-instated.

Motorists advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton due to 'serious road traffic accident'

Ormskirk Road Credit: Google Maps

Motorists are being advised to avoid Motorists are being advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton this evening following a serious road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a 4x4.

The male motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with serious multiple injuries following the collision on Ormskirk Road at 3.35pm.

Police have closed a number of roads leading onto Switch Island and motorists are advised to avoid the whole area where possible to avoid becoming stuck in lengthy delays.

The closures are expected to remain in place for several hours due to the seriousness of the motorcyclist’s injuries and the police investigation work.


A Warburton's lorry has caught fire on the M6 near Lymm

Warburtons lorry on fire Credit: HGV Cop/Twitter

The Thelwall Viaduct near Lymm has been completely shut southbound as emergency services work to put out the blaze.

Witnesses say traffic is back up for miles because of the fire between J21 at Woolston and J20 the Lymm Interchange.Police are urging motorists to avoid the area and find alternative routes if possible warning of long delays.

Anyone stuck in the congestion is asked to stay in their vehicles while the incident is ongoing.

NW Motorway Police tweeted:

We have pedestrians leaving their vehicles and walking toward the scene,please don't this is not SAFE.

Vehicles stuck in the traffic M6 sb at J21 are not to turn and go against the flow of traffic, we have further fire engines making.

– NW Motorway Police

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Police have now confirmed that one lane has been opened to relieve traffic.

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Safety warning after boy lies down on tram track

Boy lying on Metrolink track Credit: MEN Syndication

There's warnings about the dangers of messing around near Greater Manchester's Metrolink after a boy was caught on camera lying down on the track.

A concerned passenger took the photo outside Wythenshawe Park station on the Manchester Airport line last month.

Metrolink say the boy’s stunt could have been potentially fatal and that his friends also risked serious injury by sitting on the platform edge with their legs hanging out.

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