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IoM mobiles could be liable for roaming after EU blanket ban

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The Isle of Man's mobile users could still be liable to pay EU roaming charges due to being a non-member state.

In today's House of Keys sitting, Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK faced questions by Lawrie Hooper MHK, who wanted to know whether the Communications Commission could reduce the fees.

Mr Quayle said that Government could investigate prices, but not regulate.

There is an EU blanket ban coming into force on Thursday 15 June, which see roaming charges ended in member countries.

IoM Steam Packet sailings between Liverpool delayed

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Today's ferry services between Liverpool and the Isle of Man have been rescheduled due to bad weather conditions last night.

The Steam Packet Company have said via Facebook that Sunday's weather related delays and other factors have caused Manannan sailings to depart two hours later.

Anyone who is travelling to or from the island should check the company's website for further details.

The Ben-my-Chree sailings are not affected.

Work starts on £22M road scheme for Liverpool

Work is to start on creating a new dual carriageway for a major route into Liverpool city centre. The first phase of the works will be at the city centre junction of Leeds Street and King Edward Street. During off-peak times, the junction may be reduced to single lane running and motorists heading north and east out of the city centre from The Strand are advised to expect extended journey times and consider using alternative routes. This part of the project is expected to be completed by Winter 2017.


All tram lines out in Manchester due to communication failure

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The entire tram network has ground to a halt across Greater Manchester after a communications failure.

Trams have not been able to run on any lines since a fault struck the Metrolink control room on Sunday afternoon.

Passengers have been forced to take replacement buses or trains as a result. It's not yet known how long the closure will last.

In a statement to the Manchester Evening News, a spokesperson for Metrolink said:

The drivers can still communicate with the control room. There is no issue with that, everything can be communicated back and forth.

Visibility is the difficulty in terms actually getting people around. They are not able to see the position and location of the trams from the control room so for safety reasons they wouldn’t want them driving round the system.

It is a bit frustrating but they are trying to resolve it as soon as possible.

There are no problems with anybody being stuck on trams or between stops, everybody has got off, they are just waiting for further information.

– Metrolink spokesperson

Work ramps up to build new tram line to Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/PA Images

Work to build a new six-stop Metrolink line to the busy Trafford Park industrial estate and intu Trafford Centre will ramp up this month.

The road closures will be introduced in three phases and will remain in force for approximately three years.

  • From today Mosley Road will be closed south at its junction with Village Way, which will also include a footway closure on the south side of Village Way
  • The second phase will include a closure of Wharf End and Victoria Place, a footway closure of Sir Alex Ferguson Way and a 30mph speed limit on Park Way. This will come into effect on Monday 22 May.
  • From Monday 19 June, Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way will become one way eastbound. Further closures of adjoining roads will also be necessary at times.

Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and local bus services will be re-routed.

Road users are encouraged to allow more time for their journeys.

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