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British Gas Talbot Road to close

British Gas has announced it is to close two sites in Manchester (Talbot Road and Hattersley) and relocate staff there to Stockport.

UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said:

The 2,000 and more employees affected will be concerned by the changes and many will be nervous that their jobs are hanging in the balance.

UNISON will be going all out to ensure there won’t be a single compulsory redundancy and that no-one loses out from the switch to a 9-5 weekday customer operation. We have received assurances from British Gas and plan to hold the company to its word.

But the instability of the UK energy market means there’s a lot more uncertainty to come – for employees and customers alike.

Only a radical solution will turn this tide. Taking the retail operations of the biggest energy firms into public ownership would not only enable the staff to encourage the country’s businesses and households to go green, it would also help steady the UK’s energy supply and protect jobs.

Cycleway to rise above White City?

A floating cycleway could be coming to Trafford .

Trafford Council has submitted a bid for funding to Transport for Greater Manchester for a suspended cycling and walking roundabout which would link Chorlton , Stretford and Salford Quays .

The elevated roundabout would sit above the busy White City interchange in Stretford and would be the first of its kind in the UK.

Read more in Manchester Evening News.

We’re going to have a say on getting back control of our buses

Leaders have agreed to consult on re-regulating the bus network for the first time since 1986, in a bid to drastically improve it. One council chief blasted operators for their current lack of accountability – saying he has to ‘tweet like a troll’ at them when something goes wrong.

Greater Manchester is to consult on taking public control of the region’s bus network, making it the first place in the country to use new powers over services.

Today (Monday), council leaders agreed to push ahead with their franchising plans – a key milestone in the conurbation’s devolution journey.

The move has been heavily opposed by operators such as Stagecoach, but strongly supported by Labour politicians, unions and, apparently, Boris Johnson .

It would mean local authority leaders and Andy Burnham taking over responsibility for planning routes, setting fares and linking up the bus network with other forms of public transport through a franchised system – something they have been unable to do since 1986.

They see it as key to finally creating a transport network in the style of London , which was the only place to have retained control of its buses after Margaret Thatcher de-regulated them elsewhere more than 30-years-ago.

Since then, routes and fares have largely been in the hands of private operators, with government funding steadily declining in recent years and many routes cut.

A public consultation on the plan will launch on October 14, with leaders urging as many people as possible across the conurbation to have their say.

Manchester Evening News

Gorse Hill Medical Centre to Close

Gorse Hill Medical Centre and Ayres Road Surgery (Limelight branch) in Stretford, Trafford is to close.

The decision follows a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of the practice earlier this year which concluded it did not meet all the criteria required and rated it as ‘inadequate’.

The practice has been working in partnership with NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) over the last few months to try to make improvements and resolve these issues.

It means Gorse Hill Medical Centre and Ayres Road Surgery (Limelight branch) will permanently close from Wednesday 26 June 2019 and Dr Ranjit Sumra and Dr Satnam Kaur are to retire.

Patients are being reassured with a letter this week which provides information about the closure.

Bus Changes

Lots of timetable changes throughout the network from Sunday.

Bus Timetable Changes
Service Change Route More info
15 Some changes to times Stretford to Central Manchester Hospitals 15 Timetable
23 Some changes to times Stockport – Trafford Centre 23 Timetable
25 Some changes to times Trafford Centre – Burnage via Lostock 25 Timetable
84 Routed onto Davyhulme Road to replace 276/277 A circuitous route to Trafford General Urmston Humphrey Park 84/84A Timetable
150 Journey times between Hyde and Trafford Centre changed Park Road Barton Dock Road 150 Timetable
250 Times are changed Barton Road Trafford Centre 250 Timetable
253 Minor Changes Chester Road – Urmston 255/253 Timetable
255 Peak journeys changed Chester Road – Urmston 255/253 Timetable
256 Times are changed Barton Road Manchester 256 Timetable
263 Some changes to times Chester Road – Altrincham 263 Timetable
272 Some changes to times Circuitous Route to Eccles via Trafford Park 272 Timetable
276 Route withdrawn and partially replaced by 84
277 Route withdrawn and partially replaced by 84
X50 250/x50 timetable