Greater Manchester’s Bus Priority Package

Since 2012 we’ve been making one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network for decades – with over 25 miles of the network being either created or improved.

We want to make bus travel a better experience for everyone and the improvements we’re making will help people enjoy quicker, more punctual and reliable bus services along key routes across Greater Manchester.

The Bus Priority Package will enable cross-city bus services to run directly through the heart of Manchester city centre – free from other traffic – so you’ll be able to enjoy quicker and more reliable bus journeys with more direct access to some of the city centre’s key destinations.

This year has already seen the start of work to transform the city centre with significant improvements already made to Portland Street. To enable full cross-city bus services, changes to one of Europe’s busiest bus routes – Oxford Road – are now under way with the majority of work expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

On the other side of the scheme, the North West’s first guided busway from Leigh to Ellenbrook opened to passengers in April 2016 with thousands of people now enjoying a better and more reliable journey experience from Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, through Salford and on to Manchester city centre.

Alongside the guided busway we’ve created a dedicated walking and cycling route which runs the full 4.5 miles, reduced bus times on the East Lancs Road, introduced three new park and ride sites and made improvements in areas such as Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley by creating better bus priority measures or improving public spaces.

On these pages you can find out more about the Bus Priority Package and what changes we’ve already made and what they mean for you. Whether you travel by bus, cycle, car, or on foot – live locally or own a business along one of the routes – the scheme has benefits for everyone.

Please explore the tabs above to find out what’s changed and what is still to come.

For more information on current bus routes and timetables, click here.

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