At 3.30pm today Transport Minister Rosie Winterton will confirm that 10 Greater Manchester councils had been selected to run the congestion charging scheme. The system, which is different from London’s congestion charging scheme, will charge motorists £5 entering the city centre during the rush hours between 7.00 and 9.30am and 4pm and 6.30pm. The charging zones will be positioned in two rings around the city where there will be a £2 charge when crossing the outer ring in the morning and £1 at night and a £1 charge in both the morning and evening for crossing the inner ring. Shoppers who drive into the city outside the peak hours and any motorist driving out of the city during rush hours will be exempted from the scheme. The charge will be introduced by 2013. As part of the deal the Government has granted a £3bn funding package from its Transport Innovation Fund where the councils will be given £1.2bn and a £1.8bn 30-year loan. Winterton said this money will be used to upgrade the public transport in the council areas including extra trains and buses and more bus lanes. It will also fund a major expansion of Manchester’s tram system. Opponents of the scheme have criticised the government of bribing the councils with the transport funding package. Trafford Council has opposed the scheme and its conservative leader Susan Williams it was ‘political suicide’ for the Labour party. Stockport and Bury councils also opposed the scheme but only 7 of the 10 councils were needed to approve the plans.
ON JUNE 13 the presidents of French National Railways, Réseau Ferré de France and Aéroports de Paris signed an agreement to develop a high-speed rail link to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (RG 4.00 p205). The three companies have set up a Groupement d’Intérêt économique known as CDG-Express, which will be headed by former SNCFOperations Director Thierry Mignauw.Over the next three years, CDG-Express will develop detailed plans for the link from Gare de l’Est to Roissy-CDG TGV, which is intended to cut journey times to 20min and relieve overcrowding on RER Line B from Gare du Nord. The Fr4bn project envisages using the space at Gare de l’Est vacated by suburban trains now using éole to accommodate an air-rail terminal with full check-in facilities. Trains would follow the TGV Est corridor to Noisy-le-Sec and then run in tunnel to Aulnay-sous-Bois. Two new tracks would parallel RER Line B to Mitry-Claye, taking the airport service onto TGV Jonction. A dedicated shuttle terminal would be built on the site of the through tracks at Roissy-CDG TGV station, as these see very little use.The line would be opened in 2006, offering a 15 min interval service. A ticket price of between Fr100 and Fr150 is envisaged, competitive with the current taxi fare, and the partners believe that the project would be self-financing.Key facts n Three-year study accordn Fr4bn project self-financingn Opening planned in 2006
“I’m still going to shoot the midrange,” Tatum said (via The Boston Globe). “I’ve seen all the people talking about the de-Kobeing. Kobe didn’t teach me anything bad. Everything we talked about and he showed me was great.” Nets’ Kyrie Irving (face) won’t play in second preseason game vs. Lakers Celtics’ Enes Kanter on his criticism of Turkey: ‘How can I stay silent?’ One criticism Tatum faced last season was his decision to regularly pass up open 3-pointers in favor of contested midrange jumpers. Some even pointed to training sessions the 20-year-old had with former Lakers star Kobe Bryant prior to the season as the source of his regression.Following the Celtics’ 100-75 win over the Magic in the preseason on Friday, Tatum was asked about his midrange game. He even defended the training sessions with Bryant, though he wasn’t asked about them. Related News Zion Williamson wows with 26 points in Pelicans home debut After a stellar rookie campaign, some believe Celtics’ Jayson Tatum saw a bit of a regression in his game last season.Many expected the former Duke standout to take the step and elevate his play even further. While he did improve marginally last season, it wasn’t near the level Celtics fans were hoping for. He also addressed his underwhelming performance last season, saying it wasn’t Bryant’s fault he regressed.“Last year, with the jump I didn’t make that everybody expected, it was not (Bryant’s) fault,” Tatum said. “He’s one of the greatest ever, so everything he taught me was — I’m very grateful, and it helped me. I’ve got to take responsibility for how I played last year not being as big of a jump that people thought … But Kobe didn’t teach me bad habits. I didn’t say that.”Tatum scored 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting in the Celtics’ win over the Magic on Friday. Last season, the St. Louis native averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for Boston.
Kingston (Jamaica), Jul 31 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on Kingston (Jamaica), Jul 31 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test between India and West Indies. West Indies 1st Innings 196 India 1st innings KL Rahulbatting 107 S Dhawanc Bravo b Chase27 C Pujarabatting 37 Extras (b-8, lb-1, nb-5)14Total (For 1 wicket; 63 overs) 185 Fall of wickets: 1-87Bowling: Gabriel 11-3-21-0, Cummins 12-1-44-0, Holder 14-6-31-0, Chase 16-2-52-1, Bishoo 6-0-19-0, Brathwaite 4-0-9-0. PTI KHS KHS