The North West’s first guided busway is an integral part of the Bus Priority Package and began to carry passengers in April 2016.
The guided busway not only improves connections between Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley it also delivers 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.
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, will have 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 ensuring a level of ride quality not possible on normal roads. The smooth journey quality, coupled with exceptionally high quality buses, combine to provide passengers with quicker and more punctual journeys between Leigh, Atherton, Salford and Manchester.
Alongside the 4.5 mile track there’s a shared path that’s designed specifically for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The dedicated path offers an opportunity for the communities to enjoy the fantastic scenery and landscapes the areas have to offer.
You can see the route and stops for the new Vantage service on the map below. For timetable information, visit the TfGM timetable library.