New £1m Leigh bus station
A new look £1m bus station and cycle hub has opened in Leigh, Greater Manchester. The facility is a key part of the bus priority package currently being introduced in the region. It is to serve as a terminus for guided busway services linking passengers with Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, Salford and Manchester city centre and beyond. The site now has a newly refurbished Travelshop, modernised public toilets and improved signage, while the bus stands have been redecorated and re-glazed in an attempt to create a brighter, safer and more modern space for passengers. Construction work on the guided busway is well under way and is due to be completed by the end of this year, with services up and running to the revamped bus station in early 2016.
The busway will offer a minimum of four buses an hour between Leigh and Manchester during the day from Mondays to Saturdays. There will also be services on Sundays and in the evenings. As well as travelling to Leigh, passengers will be able to travel directly to Manchester city centre and the busy Oxford Road area where the city’s universities and hospitals are based. Bus journey times between Leigh and Manchester city centre will be cut to less than 50 minutes. There will be improvements to local journeys with four buses an hour travelling between Leigh and Tyldesley town centre in both directions. The journey time between Leigh and Tyldesley will be just ten minutes compared to the existing bus journey time of around 20 minutes.
Wigan Councillor, Mark Aldred, Deputy Chair of the TfGM Committee, said, ‘The bus station looks fantastic and is just the kind of modern gateway a town like Leigh, which is benefiting from a major investment, deserves. It offers a safe, brightly lit place for passengers to wait for buses, and will be a key destination for busway services when they start running to the heart of the town centre early next year.’