THE Scottish Government is lifting travel restrictions between Scotland, Manchester and Salford tomorrow, it has emerged.

The travel ban came in earlier this morning amid increasing cases in the north-west English area.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has been highly critical of the restrictions and questioned why he was not informed of them before they were announced.

A parliamentary answer from Humza Yousaf, the Health Secretary, confirmed the restrictions will end tomorrow.

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He said: "We will be removing the travel restrictions which are currently in place in relation to travel between Scotland and Manchester, Bolton and Salford.

“These restrictions are being removed due to changes in the epidemiological position for those areas. Regulations amending the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 will be made today and will take effect on 30 June 2021. Restrictions between Scotland and Blackburn with Darwen will remain in place.”

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Burnham met for talks last week as he felt his region had been “insulted” by the Scottish Government’s approach.

Burnham’s concern over the ban also focused on the fact that Covid levels at the time were very similar between Salford, Manchester and the Scottish city of Dundee.