Public have say on priority route buses

First in Greater Manchester is inviting the public to have their say on the premium bus service that will use the new flagship bus priority route in the Manchester area. People are being consulted on the design of the new vehicle interior to be used on the high quality bus route due to start later this year. The consultation will give the public a chance to choose colour styles as well as the design, such as the possible introduction of tables on the upper deck. First is proposing four colour options for colours of seating, hand-poles and floor design. People can have their say at drop-in sessions and online.

The 14 mile route will link communities in Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester city centre and through to the universities, Central Manchester Hospital site and businesses along Oxford Road. First was recently selected by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to run it. The service is to be run by new, high quality double deckers with low carbon emissions. To avoid congestion, it will have a 4.5 mile guided section linking Leigh and Ellenbrook. These buses will be replaced every five years and will feature onboard ‘next stop’ audio and visual announcements and CCTV, alongside free Wi-Fi, climate control and high quality seating. When fully completed, four services per hour will run from Atherton and four from Leigh six days a week, with a less frequent service on Sundays. There will also be three free to use park and ride sites to serve the busway providing over 400 spaces in Leigh, on Astley Street in Tyldesley, and on the A580 East Lancashire Road near to the M60/61 junction.

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