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Bus companies hit back at bus franchise plan

Bus companies in Greater Manchester have hit out at plans to bring the buses network back under public control.

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Mayor Andy Burnham wants bus services to be re-regulated and run on a franchise basis.

Onebus, which represents several companies, says that means taxpayers would have to foot the bill.

And Stagecoach has said the mayor had provided "no evidence to support his claim that franchising is better than a partnership approach".

He added: "He is keeping Greater Manchester's taxpayers in the dark about the massive bill they would have to pay for a London-style bus system."

North West weather: Humid day with rain

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A humid day with chance of heavy rain. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning.

It could be heavy at times. Cloudy with highs of 19C or 20C.

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North West weather: Some rain but staying warm

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Lingering rain will clear to the north to leave it dry and cloudy for much of the night.

However, further rain will start to spread from the south during the early hours.

Lows of 13C.

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Mayor's transport plan would mean 'massive bill' for taxpayers

Taxpayers would have to foot a "massive bill" under plans to bring Greater Manchester's bus routes and fares under public control, operator Stagecoach has said.

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Mayor Andy Burnham wants to introduce a model similar to London, which would see bus operators bidding to run services on a franchise basis.

The proposals would help to make public transport less "fragmented and unreliable", Mr Burnham said.

But a Stagecoach spokesman said the mayor had provided "no evidence to support his claim that franchising is better than a partnership approach".

He added: "He is keeping Greater Manchester's taxpayers in the dark about the massive bill they would have to pay for a London-style bus system."

Olympian in 'cheaper' zebra crossing call

Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has accused the government of blocking plans to paint 20,000 zebra crossings on roads in Greater Manchester.

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The region's walking commissioner said "backwards thinking" was preventing the region from trialling cheaper crossings without expensive flashing beacons.

Mr Boardman said simple French-style crossings could be painted for £200 and would protect pedestrians from traffic.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it "would always put safety first".

Mayor's plan to take control of buses

Politicians would be given power to set Greater Manchester's bus routes and fares under plans to bring the transport network under public control.

Andy Burnham
Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Mayor Andy Burnham wants to introduce a model similar to London, which would see bus operators bidding to run services on a franchise basis.

The proposals would help to make public transport less "fragmented and unreliable", Mr Burnham said.

The BBC has approached bus operators for comment.

Bus re-regulation: What does it mean for Greater Manchester?

Control of Greater Manchester's bus network could be taken back into public control, under new proposals.

It follows a two-year review and it's recommending that the system is re-regulated, reversing the privatisation 30 years ago.

BBC News takes a look at what the changes would mean.

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  • Since 1986, bus services have been run by private operators who decide what routes to run and what fares to charge.
  • Under the proposals, the region’s bus network would come back under public control.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), would be given powers to set routes, ticketing, timetables and quality standards – and even decide on a uniform colour and branding.
  • Private bus companies would compete for contracts, given by TfGM, to operate services on specified routes on a franchise basis.
  • TfGM would receive the revenue from tickets and operators to re-invest in public transport and to subsidise less busy but necessary routes.
  • It would not mean a return to municipal ownership of bus services – that was outlawed in 2017.
  • Greater Manchester would become the first city-region outside London to take back control of its bus network.

Man fighting for his life after crash

A motorist in his 20s is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash in Wigan.

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A silver Nissan Micra was travelling along Pottery Road at 21:20 BST on Sunday when the vehicle left the road and collided with a building, police have said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, a police spokesman added.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

North West weather: Unsettled start to week

While the weather is expected to remain warm on Monday, rain is predicted from lunchtime.

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North West weather: Plenty of sunshine

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A good deal of dry weather with sunny spells this afternoon, with just a small chance of one or two light showers.

Highs of 18C.

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North West weather: Dry and bright

Scattered showers are predicted for the north west this morning but the weather will start to settle as the day progresses.

Temperatures are expected to reach 18C.

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Police chief constable extends contract

Chief constable Ian Hopkins has extended his contract at Greater Manchester Police for a further two years.

The decision will see him stay in the role until at least 31 October 2021.

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M60 closed in both directions

The M60 in Greater Manchester is closed in both directions after an air ambulance was called to the scene of a crash.

The collision happened near Denton, between Junction 23, A635 Manchester Road and Junction 24, M67.

A spokesman for the North West Motorway Police said the crash involved multiple vehicles including a motorcyclist.

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Fourteen held after drugs raids

Fourteen people have been arrested following a police investigation into the supply of drugs and the exploitation of children and adults.

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A total of 12 men and two women were arrested on suspicion of money laundering, conspiracy to be concerned in the supply of class A and B drugs and modern slavery following the raids in Rochdale.

Police recovered cash and several pieces of jewellery during the searches. A suspected stolen Ford Focus was also seized.The 14 suspects remain in custody for questioning.

Weather: Dry and bright

A few showers this morning but dry and bright conditions to look forward to later.

Temperatures set to rise to 18C.

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Weather: Dry clear night with a gentle breeze

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One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with clear periods. Just a gentle breeze. Lows of 11C.

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Anderson and Onions for England?

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone says England could do worse than having not just one 36-year-old but two spearheading the Test attack against Australia this summer.

England's all-time top Test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson is, of course, a shoo-in for the Ashes series. He now has 28 scalps in five Division Two matches in 2019.

But former Durham paceman Graham Onions, 42 days his junior and not used by England since June 2012, is not far behind with 25 wickets, after the pair finished off Derbyshire.

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions have taken 53 Division Two wickets between them this summer
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"Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions are bowling as well as I've seen," Livingstone told BBC Radio Lancashire. "The way they bowled in this game was outstanding.

"They were unplayable at times on that pitch. Certainly, fielding at second slip you feel you are in the game every ball. If they went into the first Test as an opening bowling pair I'm sure Australia would struggle."

Four held in dawn drugs raids

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Four people are being questioned about the supply of drugs after police raided homes early this morning, said Greater Manchester Police.

The operation targeted seven properties in Tameside at dawn, using rams and power tools to gain entry.

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Two men, 21 and 27, and two women, 21 and 52, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs and remain in custody

Sgt Stephanie O’Brien said: “The supply of illegal drugs blights communities and destroys people’s livelihoods; and I hope that today’s very direct and visible action demonstrates to the local community that we are doing all that we to make the streets of Tameside a safer place."

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Driver flees scene of crash after wreckage closes slip road

M61 crash wreckage
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A driver who fled the scene of a crash which closed a motorway slip road during rush hour is being hunted by police.

Pictures shared by Greater Manchester Police on social media showed wreckage strewn across the M61 southbound access road to the A580 near to Walkden after the crash at 04:40.

The force is trying to locate the driver of the silver Chevrolet Captiva who left the scene on foot.

Debris has been cleared and police are due to reopen the road this morning.

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Brexit referendum aftermath sees 'rise in extremism'

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Political extremism has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the head of terrorism investigations in the North West has told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Det Supt Will Chatterton said dealing with far-right extremism was a real challenge, with "open hostility" towards politicians.

He said the unit's cases included "horrific sentiments" posted online.

The Home Office said it was "committed to stamping out extremism in all its forms".

It's a fur cop: Police trap runaway rabbit in Eccles

Traffic police officers have captured a fluffy suspect who tried to hop off in Eccles.

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Weather: Bright spells break through showers

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This afternoon will have bright spells together with a few showers although these should tend to fade away later on.

BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

Blustery, with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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Artwork highlights air pollution problems

A giant artwork at MediaCity is highlighting global air pollution as part of Greater Manchester's first Clean Air Week.

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The pollution pods replicate the air breathed in cities such as Beijing and New Delhi as well as in Manchester.

Simon Warburton, transport strategy director of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said research shows air pollution in the region is linked to 1,200 premature deaths every year, with omissions from car exhaust pipes the main source.

The air pollution we have around our cities now is very different to the air pollution talked about in the 1950s and 1960s. This is air pollution you can't immediately see around us but it is having real impact on our health.

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He said the pollution pods gives "a real sense of what it feels like" making the "invisible more visible" for people to understand and contribute to plans to improve air quality in Greater Manchester.

India vs Pakistan: Fans light up Old Trafford

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India versus Pakistan in the World Cup is as close to a rock concert as cricket will come.

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What a spectacle! Bollywood star Ranveer cheers Babar wicket

There was nothing genteel or quiet about this, no sounds of sandwiches being unwrapped or flasks of tea being opened.

It's the noise which will linger in the memory. And the colourful costumes.

Oh, and the numbers. The numbers are staggering: 700,000 ticket requests, 600 media requests, a reported one billion TV viewers.

May the force be with you: Police spot baby Luke born on M60

A baby has been born in a vehicle on the hard shoulder of the M60, says Highways England.

Motorway police say Greater Manchester Police patrol spotted the unnamed mother moments after giving birth to a son at about 02:30 BST.

Highways England say the newborn has been named Luke and mother and baby are doing well.

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Weather: Showers and brisk winds

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Cloudy today with some scattered showers at times.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The showers should become isolated in the afternoon. Windy with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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