IT’S been year’s in the planning but here is the first sight of what Leigh’s revolutionary new public transport system will look like.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has released a new artist’s impression of Sale Lane in Tyldesley – one of the seven pairs of new stops on the 4.5 mile guided busway between Leigh and Ellenbrook - which is due to be up and running next year.
All new stops will be fully accessible, with shelters, CCTV, real time electronic information displays and cycle parking.
Services on the £68m busway – funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund – will run on new and existing bus lanes along the East Lancs Road into the city centre and through to Oxford Road, cutting journey times.
Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, Coun Andrew Fender, said: “Construction work is well under way on the guided busway – the flagship scheme of a much wider bus priority package – so it’s fantastic that we can begin to show people how it will look.
“Other UK busway systems have rightly set the bar high in terms of quality of service and in keeping with this we want to provide passengers with a high quality, reliable and frequent bus service with state-of-the-art stops. The guided busway will improve local links and stimulate investment in the local area, in addition to providing shorter journey times to key employment, education and health sites along Oxford Road, south of Manchester city centre.”
Peter Boulton, TfGM’s Head of Programme Management Services, said: “One of the key benefits of the bus priority package is that we are introducing infrastructure so that buses can get across Manchester city centre more reliably.
“Currently, some bus passengers have to change buses in the city centre to get to their final destination, with a walk inbetween. This scheme will help to remove that inconvenience. For those services that already cross the city the improvements will help in making journeys more reliable.”