Better Bus Area Fund

In March 2012, the Department for Transport awarded £5million to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) as part of the national Better Bus Area Fund.

This followed a successful bid for the fund by TfGM in conjunction with bus operators and the ten highway authorities of Greater Manchester.

The fund was setup to improve economic growth and reduce carbon emissions by enhancing bus services and facilities in specific geographic areas.

This includes bus priority and stop improvements, improved interchange facilities, smarter passenger information and boosting bus links to important economic areas.

You can find the original bid document here together with accompanying maps.

The Better Bus Fund has already produced successes over the last few months, including:

  • The production of a new style bus map for services throughout Greater Manchester
  • An improved link to Trafford Park and Salford Quays with an extension of Arriva Bus 245

We also have a number of schemes in the planning to be delivered over the next year, including:

  • Route treatments of bus stop clearways and kerb upgrades for selected routes across each of the 10 highway authorities of Greater Manchester
  • Bus lane enforcement and targeted parking restrictions in Oldham
  • Creation of a new bus lane on the A56 at Sir Matt Busby Way
  • Improvements to the bus waiting environment in and around Stevenson Square, Manchester City Centre
  • Introduction of ‘super’ bus stops around Wigan Town Centre
  • New bus turnaround facility south of Stockport Town Centre (on A6)
  • New exit from Bury Interchange onto A58 Angouleme Way
  • New bus lanes along Barton Dock Road by the Trafford Centre

These improvements complement some of the other major capital programmes that TfGM are currently delivering for buses, including the Bus Priority Package and new and improved interchanges at Altrincham, Bolton, Rochdale, and Wythenshawe.