The North West’s first guided busway forms an integral part of the Bus Priority Package and is already delivering on our pledge to improve journey times, punctuality and reliability for passengers.
Covering 4.5 miles, the bus-only guided section connects Leigh and Ellenbrook before joining with the East Lancs Road and running along a prioritised route – taking around 50 minutes from Leigh and Atherton to Manchester city centre.
Since opening in April 2016, the guided busway is now providing better connections for thousands of people each week and improves links between Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley through Salford and onto Manchester city centre.
The busway service – branded Vantage by operator First – sees up to eight state-of-the-art buses an hour joining communities and business centres along the route, with seven purpose-built stops on the guided section, all with real-time journey information. Each bus, powered by low-emission hybrid engines, has free Wi-Fi, USB charging points, climate control and on-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements.
The guided busway provides reliable and traffic-free journeys for bus passengers while at the same time ensures a level of ride quality not possible on normal roads. The smooth journey, coupled with exceptionally high quality buses, combine to provide passengers with a first-class commuter experience.
Alongside the 4.5 mile track there’s also a shared path that’s designed specifically for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. This dedicated path offers neighbouring communities the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic scenery the areas have to offer.