Tyldesley man predicts Leigh-Manchester Busway will be a success

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A TYLDESLEY man who has championed the Leigh-Manchester Guided Busway project is convinced it will prove a success.

Frank Parkinson, former chairman of Wigan's Access for the Disabled and Ring and Ride committees, expects the Leigh-Manchester route currently under construction will eventually be extended.

He predicts the guided busway will become as popular as the world's longest one at Cambridge – serving 25 kilometres between St Ives and Trumpington – that has attracted over four million passengers since it opened in August 2011.

In a survey of 800 passengers who use the Cambridge route 80 per cent said they had access to a car but use the busway instead and cut their journey time.

Cambridge County Councillor Ian Bates said: "Despite its detractors the busway has proved a great success and passenger numbers continue to grow. That is proof that people are choosing the busway over other methods of travel."

Mr Parkinson, of Birch Street, told the Journal his neice's partner works in Cambridge and uses the busway and has nothing but praise for the way it operates.

"It is brilliant, a modern concept and receives glowing praise unlike the claptrap portrayed in the Journal's letter pages by the Lib Dem ghost writer and Clr Norman Bradbury among others," said Mr Parkinson.

"The Leigh-Manchester Guided Busway will provide access to Salford and Manchester Universities, all inner city hospitals by one bus route. No need for bus or train hopping, no expensive car parking and will take you on to Middleton or Parrs Wood if required. It will prove to be as successful as the one at Cambridge."

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8:37am Thu 7 Mar 13

Tyldesley_Focus says...

Frank Parkinson accuses the Lib Dems of talking "clap trap".

Yet it is he that holds up the Cambridge Scheme as a model of success.

The Cambridge Scheme was a white elephant and has saddled the people of Cambridge with millions of pounds of debt as the budget overran.

Further, the scheme was delivered years late.

The Leigh-Tyldesley-Manc
hester busway has been beset by similar delays.

When asked if they wanted it, only 3 people responded to a recent survey to say "yes". Overwhelmingly, respondents said "No".

The "guidedbusway" is only guided from Leigh to Tyldesley - and only for half of the buses.

All will navigate existing highways for much of the route, sitting in existing traffic and relying on bus lanes where there was never space to accommodate them.

There are also as yet unanswered issues regarding public safety as unplanned, last-ditch attempts are made to allow unwieldy guided buses around the existing roads which were never built with them in mind.

The more you examine the plans, the more they look half-baked.

The busway was only meant to extend between Leigh, Tyldesley and Manchester. Now buses will go into Wigan - not on the busway, but on the road. More idling in traffic. More expense on petrol. More affect on communities and their pockets.

The fares for these buses are as yet unknown - for that matter, neither is the provider of services. Will commuters be expected to pay train prices for a bus journey? They won't tell us.

It's alright saying "jump on the bus" but not everyone works inside Central Manchester. At least a train or metrolink would have allowed for commuters to get around the M60 circle. This plan doesn't.

Who's going to go into Manchester City Centre, to come back out to reach Trafford, Bury, Bolton or any other commuter destination? Commmuters must either take the car, or take a job elsewhere.

It might well saddle the hard-working folk of Wigan Borough with yet more debt too.

All thanks to people like Frank and his Labour cohorts.
Frank Parkinson accuses the Lib Dems of talking "clap trap". Yet it is he that holds up the Cambridge Scheme as a model of success. The Cambridge Scheme was a white elephant and has saddled the people of Cambridge with millions of pounds of debt as the budget overran. Further, the scheme was delivered years late. The Leigh-Tyldesley-Manc hester busway has been beset by similar delays. When asked if they wanted it, only 3 people responded to a recent survey to say "yes". Overwhelmingly, respondents said "No". The "guidedbusway" is only guided from Leigh to Tyldesley - and only for half of the buses. All will navigate existing highways for much of the route, sitting in existing traffic and relying on bus lanes where there was never space to accommodate them. There are also as yet unanswered issues regarding public safety as unplanned, last-ditch attempts are made to allow unwieldy guided buses around the existing roads which were never built with them in mind. The more you examine the plans, the more they look half-baked. The busway was only meant to extend between Leigh, Tyldesley and Manchester. Now buses will go into Wigan - not on the busway, but on the road. More idling in traffic. More expense on petrol. More affect on communities and their pockets. The fares for these buses are as yet unknown - for that matter, neither is the provider of services. Will commuters be expected to pay train prices for a bus journey? They won't tell us. It's alright saying "jump on the bus" but not everyone works inside Central Manchester. At least a train or metrolink would have allowed for commuters to get around the M60 circle. This plan doesn't. Who's going to go into Manchester City Centre, to come back out to reach Trafford, Bury, Bolton or any other commuter destination? Commmuters must either take the car, or take a job elsewhere. It might well saddle the hard-working folk of Wigan Borough with yet more debt too. All thanks to people like Frank and his Labour cohorts. Tyldesley_Focus
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8:42am Thu 7 Mar 13

Tyldesley_Focus says...

* Point of Correction. The above should state half of the buses from Leigh will use a guided section. The other half will use existing roads through Atherton and Tyldesley.

Both will navigate a further section onto Ellenbrook only.
* Point of Correction. The above should state half of the buses from Leigh will use a guided section. The other half will use existing roads through Atherton and Tyldesley. Both will navigate a further section onto Ellenbrook only. Tyldesley_Focus
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