Guided Busway from Leigh to Manchester to launch April 3
Bus passengers will be able to travel into Manchester city centre from Leigh in under an hour when a new guided busway service swings into action from April.
Transport for Greater Manchester has confirmed that the service is, literally, on track for an April launch.
“The new service will see journey times slashed, running from Leigh to stops in Manchester city centre in as little as 50 minutes,” said TfGM.
“Customers travelling between Leigh and Manchester currently face journeys timetabled at up to one hour and 20 minutes.
“As well as quicker connections, a 4.5-mile traffic-free guided section and bus priority measures along the A580 will mean trips should be more punctual and reliable.”
Branded ‘Vantage’ by operator First, the North West’s first guided busway service will deliver eight buses each hour along the route, joining communities and business centres in a way never seen before.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “It will ensure people living in these areas can access the many opportunities for work, leisure and study anywhere between Wigan, Salford and Manchester.
“This investment will benefit all the communities it serves by providing them with easy, reliable connections.”
Vantage services will operate between 4am until after midnight will start as early as 4am and run beyond midnight, providing an unrivalled service to shift workers.
- Free wi-fi
- Low-emission hybrid buses
- Climate control
- USB charging points
- On-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements.
TfGM said: “There will be four buses an hour throughout the day from Leigh and Atherton meaning passengers travelling from Astley Street in Tyldesley will benefit from eight buses an hour in either direction – making travel easier and helping people reach key employment, healthcare, retail and leisure facilities more easily than ever.”
The scheme includes three park and ride sites in Leigh, Tyldesley and on the East Lancs Road that will be free for all bus users and should also ease demand on rail services during morning and evening peaks.
The new service is due to start from 3 April, coinciding with timetable updates for Greater Manchester.
- Starting times for weekday services from Leigh and Atherton are 4am and 4.30am, respectively, with buses returning from Manchester city centre as late as midnight
- Saturday services see the earliest buses leaving Leigh and Atherton at 6am and 6.15am, respectively, and return from the city at around midnight
- Sunday services see the earliest buses leaving Leigh and Atherton at 7am and 7.30am, respectively, and return from the city at around midnight.
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