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Work begins on £68m Leigh Guided Busway
9:40am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
WORK is underway to construct the £68m Leigh Guided Busway.
Greater Manchester’s first guided busway which will run for 4.5 miles from Leigh to Ellenbrook and along a section of the A580 to Walkden Road, Worsley, is being designed and constructed by civil engineering giant Balfour Beatty.
It is due to open in 2015 as part of a 21km bus priority route being developed between Leigh,Salford and Manchester.
Buses will leave the guided section and travel along on-highway bus lanes on the A580 East Lancashire Road through to Manchester city centre.
Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, said: “The Leigh Busway is the flagship scheme of a much wider bus priority package with over 25 miles of the network being either created or improved.”
Atherton man Clr Mark Aldred, vice chairman of the TfGM committee, said: “Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley are in line to benefit from a really first class transport link.
“As well as providing a high quality local service, the busway will offer a reliable, shorter journey time all the way through to key employment, education and health sites along Oxford Road in Manchester.“
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will be able to use a 4.5m wide path along the entire length of the busway, surfaced for use all year round. All 14 stops will be fully accessible, and will include shelters and CCTV.
Three park and ride sites will be located in Leigh, at Tyldesley Interchange and on the A580 East Lancashire Road near to the M60/61 junction.
The busway is being funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, for key transport priority projects. When complete, the 21km bus route is expected to reduce journey times from Leigh to central Manchester to less than 50 minutes.
More information about the Leigh-Salford-Manchester busway – and the wider Cross City bus priority package – can be found at www.tfgm.com/buspriority.
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