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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.

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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.

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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Leeds United drawn against Salford City in Carabao Cup

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Leeds United will face League Two newcomers Salford City in the Carabao Cup first round.

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Salford are in the competition for the first time after promotion from the National League in May.

Salford, co-owned by co-owned by six former Manchester United players, will host a Leeds side managed by Marcelo Bielsa, who agreed a contract extension at Elland Road in May.

The draw for the competition, which took place in a Morrisons supermarket, threw up the following ties for Yorkshire's teams:

  • Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City
  • Tranmere Rovers v Hull City
  • Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers
  • Bradford City v Preston North End
  • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Bury
  • Barnsley v Carlisle United

The fixtures will be played in the week commencing 12 August.

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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Uni gig venue's £15m revamp plan

A £15m plan to revive a celebrated Salford music venue where Paul McCartney, Blondie and The Smiths once performed has been revealed.

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The University of Salford wants to bring big name acts back to its Maxwell Hall building.

Chief operating officer Huw Williams said the university was committed to making Maxwell Hall a "vibrant space" for the community and students.

The university is looking for partners to match its funding for the project.

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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Listeria outbreak firm passed inspections

A meat supplier linked to a fatal listeria outbreak passed its latest safety inspection but had tested positive for the bacteria twice before.

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Inspectors detected listeria at North Country Cooked Meats, in Salford, in 2009 and 2010.

None had been found since, Salford Council said, and an inspection this February found the firm "highly compliant with food regulations".

It has ceased production after hospital deaths linked to pre-packed sandwiches.

Five people have died after nine cases were confirmed at eight NHS trusts.

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."

Accrington Stanley score Marseille friendly coup

League One Accrington Stanley have landed a coup by arranging to host French giants Olympique de Marseille for a pre-season friendly.

The 10-time Ligue 1 winners will travel to face Accrington on 11 July, but work to re-surface the pitch at the Wham Stadium means the game will be played at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, home to Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks.

The likes of former Manchester City striker Mario Ballotelli could feature for Marseille in the warm-up fixture.

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The club's managing director David Burgess said: "The chairman got wind that Marseille were coming over for a two-week training camp [and] got on to the club direct and 24 hours later we're stood here at Salford Reds setting up a pre-season friendly.

"Certainly in friendly terms, it's as big as it comes for us."

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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Jeremy Kyle snubs request to appear before MPs

Jeremy Kyle has turned down a request to appear before MPs investigating reality TV.

ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show - which was filmed in Salford - in May, following the death of participant Steve Dymond.

Jeremy Kyle

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee then launched an inquiry into reality TV.

Senior executives involved in the show will appear in front of MPs on 25 June, but the star's representatives told the committee he would not give evidence.

The committee's chairman Damian Collins said: "We believe that Mr Kyle is an important witness to the committee in its work and we will be pursuing this matter with Mr Kyle's representatives to see if we can find a date when he will appear or to understand fully the reasons why he is not able to appear."