£1m facelift for Leigh bus station

Leigh Bus Station.

Leigh Bus Station.

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LEIGH bus station is to get a £1million revamp.

Transport for Greater Manchester is improving the bus station as part of its bus priority package investment with work starting on March 9, just weeks after the bulk of the associated town centre improvements have been completed.

Improvements include a new-look Travelshop, refurbished public toilets, new signage and re-decoration and re-glazing of the bus stands to create a brighter, more modern passenger waiting environment. A new cycle hub will also be built to accommodate 46 bikes under full cover, with CCTV coverage and swipe card entry. The work is due to be completed by the end of the summer 2015.

Passengers should look out for further information on changes to the stands where bus services will operate from during the construction works. A temporary Travelshop will be in place throughout the main works.

Councillor Mark Aldred, Deputy Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “It’s exciting to see this amount of money being spent on improving Leigh bus station. The new look bus station will provide passengers with a more pleasant waiting environment as well as cycling facilities.”

The busway will offer a minimum of four buses an hour between Leigh and Manchester during the day on Mondays through to Saturdays. There will also be services on Sundays and in the evenings. Passengers will be able to travel directly between Leigh bus Station and the heart of Manchester city centre using the busway. The busway services will also travel through to the Oxford Road area where the city’s universities and hospitals are based – before returning to Leigh, all in a single journey.

Bus journey times between Leigh and Manchester city centre will be cut to less than 50 minutes. There will be improvements to local journeys with four buses an hour travelling between Leigh and Tyldesley town centre in both directions. The journey time between Leigh and Tyldesley will be just 10 minutes compared to the existing bus journey time of around 20 minutes.