People in Blackley, Collyhurst and Harpurhey are being asked to comment on proposals to improve bus travel on Rochdale Road – a key bus route between North Manchester and the city centre.
As part of its bus priority package, which is one of the largest investments in the Greater Manchester bus network in decades, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is consulting residents and businesses on changes designed to enable operators to provide passengers with faster, more frequent and more reliable bus services.
Among the proposals are improvements such as new bus lanes, better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, new on-street parking bays and some changes to junctions and traffic flow to reduce delays to buses.
TfGM will be writing to those with homes or businesses close to Rochdale Road with details of the proposals that will affect their section of the route and asking them to have their say.
There will be a consultation for each of three stretches of Rochdale Road:
- between Victoria Avenue and Charlestown Road
- between Charlestown Road and Topley Street
- between Topley Street and the Shudehill Interchange
A full explanation of all the proposals can be found at www.tfgm.com/buspriority, along with a form for those who wish to respond to the consultations and details of six consultation events being held during October.
Peter Boulton, Head of Programme Management at TfGM, said: “Rochdale Road is a vital bus route that connects North Manchester with key destinations in Manchester city centre and beyond.
“Bus services on this route provide essential public transport access to employment, education, healthcare and leisure, and our proposals for Rochdale Road will improve the speed and reliability of bus travel.
“The consultation starts on 1 October and lasts for four weeks, so we hope people will get in touch and let us know what they think – whether it’s online, at one of our consultation events or by phone, letter or email.”