RESIDENTS living along the route of a flagship new public transport route got the chance to quiz the experts about the scheme.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) held a series of public consultations across Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley to allow people to find out more about the Leigh Guided Busway currently under construction.
Those living near the route of the new service got the opportunity to look at detailed plans for the length of the busway and speak to TfGM engineers about how their homes and everyday lives will be affected by the project.
The busway, which is the first of its kind in the region and one of only several across Britain, will see buses running between Leigh town centre and Ellenbrook on a special concrete track before joining new bus lanes to complete the journey into Manchester.
TfGM head of programme management services Peter Boulton said: “The bus priority package is one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network in decades, with the aim of creating more punctual and reliable bus services with shorter journey times, therefore improving the travel experience for passengers.
“We have recently held several drop-in awareness-raising sessions, where officers from TfGM and Wigan Council spoke to more than 130 people face-to-face.
“These events have been very successful so far and have enabled us to explain the many benefits of the scheme, answer questions and take feedback on board in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
“We will continue to keep local people informed of progress with the bus priority package and look forward to meeting the public and answering their questions personally at future events.”
The pioneering 21km busway, which is thought to be costing around £76m, will see services run along a former railway line from East Bond Street in Leigh to Ellenbrook through Atherton and Tyldesley.
Around 7km of the route will only be open to the specially-adapted fleet of buses, with campaigners saying the busway should reduce journey times into central Manchester to around 45 minutes.
Work is already well under way, with engineers adapting the electricity, gas and water courses in the centre of Leigh along Spinning Jenny Way where the route will run and bus priority lanes and junctions being altered.
A new southbound route closed to other traffic is also being created between Stanley Street and Astley Street in Tyldesley, while a new bus lane is also being run along Mealhouse Lane in Atherton. The work is expected to be completed by 2015.
For more information about the work visit www.tfgm.com/buspriority