Prizes for guided busway

The team behind the busway at the awards night where the BBC's Louise Minchin presented the awards
The team behind the busway at the awards night where the BBC's Louise Minchin presented the awards

The Leigh Guided Busway has scooped its second award in a week - bringing home a prize for its contribution to environmental sustainability.

The 4.5-mile bus-only guideway between Leigh, Tyldesley and Ellenbrook opened in April and has already welcomed more than 400,000 passengers on board.

“Creating the North West’s first guided busway was a major feat of engineering, and its services are providing a significant boost for the communities it serves, helping people to access work, education and healthcare more easily than ever before.”

Coun Andrew Fender

Masterminded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), built by Balfour Beatty and operated by First Manchester, it forms the flagship element of TfGM’s bus priority investment – a £122 million overall package to improve bus journey times and services.

It claimed first place at the Transport Policy, Planning and Implementation award at the CILT North West Awards.

Now the project has further bolstered its environmental credentials by winning the award for sustainability at the 10th annual North West Construction.

Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “I’m delighted that this important project has been recognised at the North West Construction Awards, just a few days after being recognised at the CILT North West Awards.

“Creating the North West’s first guided busway was a major feat of engineering, and its services are providing a significant boost for the communities it serves, helping people to access work, education and healthcare more easily than ever before.

“That it has been delivered, and is operating, in a sustainable way is hugely beneficial to the environment and for improving air quality, both of which are absolutely vital for the long-term health of our region.”

Paul Weaver, managing director of contractor Balfour Beatty’s North West and the Midlands delivery unit, said: “The Guided Busway is a fantastic project, and it’s great to see that its success is being widely recognised. This project leaves a sustainable legacy as an efficient, environmentally friendly public transport link.

“Over 30,000 customer journeys a week are now experiencing the smooth and reliable service on offer.”

The latest award recognises organisations that have shown creative thinking to ensure that principles of sustainability are fully integrated in a project. The busway’s low emission vehicles were flagged up for particular praise.