While the North West’s first guided busway and the transformation of Oxford Road represent flagship elements of the £122m Bus Priority Package there are many more areas that saw significant changes.
Here’s a rundown of the other areas that also benefitted from the investment:
Once buses leave the guided busway at Ellenbrook they continue their journey along the East Lancs Road, through Salford and on to Manchester city centre.
The bus priority measures introduced along this route help to improve the journey for passengers between Salford, Manchester city centre and beyond.
As part of the measures we've also opened a 250 space park and ride site located beneath the M60/M61 motorways. The park and ride is free for all bus users and offers car drivers the opportunity to continue the remainder of their journey by bus.
In addition, new and improved pedestrian crossing points have been installed along the route to improve community safety.
A key driver for improving public transport along this route was to reduce congestion by providing a more sustainable and effective means by which to transport thousands of people to and from key destinations at the busiest times of the day.
In addition, following the relocation of services from Pendlebury Hospital to the Central Manchester Hospital site on Oxford Road, it was essential that better public transport links were made available.
The improvements support the Chapel Street redevelopment and the University of Salford, benefiting both students and businesses looking to access educational facilities from across Greater Manchester, especially those travelling from Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley, Salford, Manchester city centre and beyond.
The city is growing and we need to ensure that the transport network continues to support this growth.
Being able to offer true cross-city bus services was essential if we were to be able to provide quicker and more reliable journeys.
To make this happen we made a section of Princess Street two-way to all traffic where previously it has been one-way. The introduction of two-way traffic between Major Street and the Mancunian Way means that vehicles now have better connections to the city from Upper Brook Street. This means that general traffic has an alternative route in to and out of the city centre now that Oxford Road is bus, hackney carriage and cycle only between 6am and 9pm, 7 days-a-week.
To ensure that priority is given to buses, cyclists and hackney carriages, a key section of Portland Street was also changed for good meaning that general traffic is now using alternative routes. To see how the area changed, we produced a map which shows the new road layout.
Rochdale Road is an important part of the bus priority package and a key transport corridor between Manchester city centre and Middleton. It connects the communities of Middleton, Blackley, Harpurhey and Collyhurst to key employment, healthcare, education, leisure and retail destinations within the city centre and beyond.
In 2014 we completed work to introduce a series of bus priority measures and other highway and pedestrian improvements that enhance the experience of those people who regularly travel along and across Rochdale Road. The changes do not just benefit bus passengers, they also provide improved conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, whilst minimising congestion for motorists.
In addition to the improvements on Rochdale Road, TfGM and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, also made changes to the connecting Manchester New Road in order to provide a continual series of improved measures.
Taken in total, these improvements ensure that bus passengers now enjoy a more frequent and reliable travel experience while cyclists and pedestrians benefit from new and enhanced infrastructure.