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Leigh Busway lane work starts on Monday on A580 East Lancasire Road
11:20am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
WORK begins on Monday to create dedicated bus lanes from Ellenbrook eastwards as part of the Leigh-Salford-Manchester busway.
A series of utility diversions will be in place on the A580 East Lancashire Road before bus lane construction can start next year.
Alongside new stretches of bus lane there will be two lanes of general traffic in each direction. A new signalling system that responds to traffic levels on the road will also be installed to improve traffic flow at junctions.
The plans for the East Lancs Road also include better and safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists as part of wider improvements to a number of junctions.
From Monday, British Telecom will be carrying out work on the eastbound carriageway between Old Clough Lane and the motorway junction. Part of the A580 will be reduced to one lane eastbound carriageway only with access also to the M60 north.
A park and ride with around 250 spaces is planned beneath the M60/M61 with access from the A580.
The BT work is expected to be completed by March 2014. Lane closures will remain in place for the duration.
Following the BT works there will be further work taking place along other stretches of the A580 on a rolling programme through to 2015.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The improvements planned along the East Lancs Road are just part of one of the largest investments into the Great Manchester bus network in decades.
“By enabling more reliable and punctual bus services with shorter journey times we will make it much easier to get to key employment, education and healthcare destinations on the route and into the city centre and beyond.”
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