New bus routes in Atherton

The Bolton News: New bus routes in Atherton New bus routes in Atherton

BOTH ends of Atherton town centre are to be served by bus routes, transport bosses have announced.

The new route has been introduced to ensure people have “the best possible access to the centre”.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Wigan Council will write to residents and businesses this month with a map of the new town centre route and further information.

Following the changes, busway services will travel from Tyldesley Road along Market Street, with a drop-off bus stop in the heart of the shopping centre.

Services will continue along Market Street before turning right up Wigan Road and on to Mealhouse Lane.

Passengers will be able to board and get off buses at the existing stop on Bag Lane.

There is also a further stop along Mealhouse Lane for both boarding and alighting services.

The route has been finalised following discussions with local residents, town centre businesses, councillors and bus operators.

Cllr Mark Aldred, who represents Atherton and is vice-chairman of the TfGM committee which oversees buses, said: “Looking at the new route for the busway through Atherton, you can really get a feel for the benefits the service will have for local residents and businesses.

“When the service is launched next year, it will give direct access to shopping, leisure and work right across the centre.

“There will be a reliable, high quality bus service at least every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday.

“I’m pleased to see TfGM responding so positively to the wishes of local people.”

The busway will open in 2015, when a high frequency bus service will connect Leigh, Tyldesley, Atherton and Salford with Manchester city centre and will offer more consistent journey times, along with more punctual services.

TfGM will announce the busway operator and further service details later this year following a bidding process.

The 582 service currently links Atherton to Bolton town centre.

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9:38am Wed 5 Mar 14

The Righteous One says...

A 15 minute service that takes over 50 minutes!!!!

And yet for all thsi time it was being published as a 10 minute service that would take about 40 mintues!!!

Lets not forget that this busway is takling up 1 lane, in each direction, of teh already overcrowded East Lancs Rod (which yesterday was reported as the 2nd busiest road outside London and 10th busiest in Europe) - so that willmean more travelling time for Bolton's commuters who canot get on a train due to overcrowding, or the tram from radcliffe as the carpark is closed and that is also running over-full!!!!
A 15 minute service that takes over 50 minutes!!!! And yet for all thsi time it was being published as a 10 minute service that would take about 40 mintues!!! Lets not forget that this busway is takling up 1 lane, in each direction, of teh already overcrowded East Lancs Rod (which yesterday was reported as the 2nd busiest road outside London and 10th busiest in Europe) - so that willmean more travelling time for Bolton's commuters who canot get on a train due to overcrowding, or the tram from radcliffe as the carpark is closed and that is also running over-full!!!! The Righteous One
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5:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Hulton Park says...

Thanks, BN, for the verbatim press release from TfGM.

This is a white elephant. Local people did and do not want it; it is a cheap fobbing-off of the Leigh area with a fibreglass-fronted bus masquerading as a tram, and it has devasted huge swathes of Leigh and Tyldesley that had been greened up over the past half century.

The sole purpose is to enable the transport authority to say that something - anything - has been done to improve public transport west of Eccles, where the network is more expensive, less reliable and less comprehensive than it was fifty years ago.
Thanks, BN, for the verbatim press release from TfGM. This is a white elephant. Local people did and do not want it; it is a cheap fobbing-off of the Leigh area with a fibreglass-fronted bus masquerading as a tram, and it has devasted huge swathes of Leigh and Tyldesley that had been greened up over the past half century. The sole purpose is to enable the transport authority to say that something - anything - has been done to improve public transport west of Eccles, where the network is more expensive, less reliable and less comprehensive than it was fifty years ago. Hulton Park
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