Greater Manchester’s bus priority package

17 December 2015  •  Author(s): Peter Boulton, Head of Programme Management, TfGM

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is currently making one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network for decades. Over 25 miles of the bus network are being either created or improved as part of a £122 million ‘bus priority package’ to improve bus connections on three key corridors into the city centre. As TfGM’s Head of Programme Management Peter Boulton explains, this major transport scheme has been designed to focus on three key bus corridors and represents a major commitment to ensuring that bus passengers across the conurbation enjoy quicker and more reliable bus journeys for decades to come.

Greater Manchester’s bus priority package

Bus priority in Greater Manchester

Manchester city centre and the surrounding region is growing at a faster rate than ever before and investment in the transport network is keeping pace. A multi-million pound investment is underway to improve and expand the city’s Metrolink light-rail network, and with buses accounting for four in every five local public transport journeys, TfGM is committed to working with partners to invest in better bus services and infrastructure.

We particularly want to make bus travel a better experience by allowing cross city bus services to run directly through the heart of Manchester city centre – free from other traffic – so people won’t need to change buses. Taking in Leigh, Atherton and Salford in the west of the region, Middleton in the north and East Didsbury in the south, the ‘bus priority package’ aims to do just that.

The Leigh to Ellenbrook guided busway Alongside revolutionary changes to one of Manchester city centre’s busiest bus routes, Oxford Road, the flagship project of the package is undoubtedly Greater Manchester’s first guided busway.

This 4.5 mile guided busway will run along a former railway line between Leigh and Ellenbrook (in Salford), in the west of the conurbation. It will ensure a high quality, fast and reliable service which will link up with 15km of new, on-highway bus lanes on the East Lancs Road through Salford to provide improved connections between Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley and Manchester city centre.

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