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Manchester gears up for Conservative Party Conference amid warnings of travel disruptions

By Andrew Greaves

Thousands of anti-Government protesters are expected in Manchester this weekend for Conservative Party Conference, with bus and Metrolink passengers being warned of travel choas.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is organising a march and rally to show opposition to the Coalition Government’s spending cuts, which they see as an attack on public services.

The march, which has been organised to coincide with the opening of the Tory Party Conference at Manchester Central, will assemble at 12 noon in Liverpool Road, off Deansgate, on Sunday.

It will then proceed through the city centre before a rally at which leading national speakers will address the crowd.

A spokesman for the TUC said: “We are hoping for a substantial turnout to demonstrate our opposition to the Government’s economic and social policies which are having such a devastating effect on people’s lives and as a major show of support for our alternatives.”

Transport chiefs are advising passengers and motorists to plan for disruption with changes to public transport planned for this weekend due to the demonstrations.

The conference will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex which will affect some bus services.

Some bus services will be diverted during a Christian Aid demonstration on Saturday, 1 October, from 7pm.

The bus services diverted will be 33, 50, 63, 84, 105, 197, 255, 256, X41, X43, X50 and Metroshuttles 1, 2 and 3.

Diversions in place for the TUC protest are for the following buses: 8, 12, 15, 16, 26, 33, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, 63, 70, 84, 85, 86, 99, 101, 104, 105, 109, 111, 130, 142, 143, 197, 250, 255, 256, 263, A40, X41, X43, X50, X57, Metroshuttles 1 and 2.

There will be changes to Metrolink services on Sunday from 12pm to 3pm approximately. There will be no services across the city at this time:

Altrincham and South Manchester lines – trams will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield.

Eccles line – there will be a replacement bus service between Eccles and Trafford Bar, where passengers can get the tram to Deansgate Castlefield.

Bury line services will not be affected.

Information will be available at all Metrolink stops and online at www.metrolink.co.uk.

Information about public transport services in Greater Manchester is available by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

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