Traffic delays alert as busway work gets under way

The Bolton News: Traffic delays alert as busway work gets under way Traffic delays alert as busway work gets under way

ROADWORKS are likely to cause disruption in Leigh and Atherton town centres from this week as the main work on the Leigh-Ellenbrook Guided Busway begins.

The start of construction work on the busway in the two town centres today has been hailed as a "huge step forward" – but many residents and opposition councillors have raised their concerns about the scheme.

Work in Leigh will focus on Spinning Jenny Way and will finish in November.

The affected roads in Atherton are Mealhouse Lane, Alma Street, Flapper Fold Lane, St John Street, Bolton Road and Water Street and work will last until October when work will begin in Tyldesley town centre.

Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith said: “I think it is a huge step forward that the main work on the busway scheme is about to start in Leigh and Atherton town centres.

“The towns have a foot in the future.

“Very soon the busway will be up and running, opening up big opportunities for people and the area.”

The busway will offer a minimum of four buses an hour from Leigh and Atherton to Manchester city centre during the day on Mondays through to Saturdays.

The council is warning the public that there will be some disruption in the areas in the next few months but steps have been taken to keep it to a minimum.

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1:33pm Mon 7 Jul 14

oldjourno says...

The buses on the busway will not look like that featured!
The buses on the busway will not look like that featured! oldjourno
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5:35pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Hulton Park says...

There is already a minimum of four buses an hour during the day between Atherton/Leigh and Manchester.

These buses run where people actually live, and have not required the wholesale blighting of urban greenery occasioned by the BlunderBusway.
There is already a minimum of four buses an hour during the day between Atherton/Leigh and Manchester. These buses run where people actually live, and have not required the wholesale blighting of urban greenery occasioned by the BlunderBusway. Hulton Park
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10:48pm Mon 7 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

Firstly we do not need the guided bus ways what is needed is a totally integrated bus network.

To reduce traffic more frequent bus services are required through the various housing estates to the town centre where they then meet up with the inter-urban bus routes.

At this moment in time we have between half hourly and hourly buses services on many estates but the interurban buss routes are of a high frequency thus to get to the inter-urban routes many need a cr and a such people will use the car to travel the full distance r to the nearest rail/tram station!!!!

For instance in Bolton we lost the routes 12 and 94, and re-routed the 37, which served the east and west sides of the town and on into Manchester so the only way now is to go into ton to get either bus or train into Manchester - thus forcing people into cars and as such car usage is up and record numbers are using the train/trams. Plus nowadays the buses to Manchester just use the one single corridor into Manchester again limiting choice and pushing people into cars. 10 years ago we had 39 buses between Bolton and Manchester on 15 routes (6, 8, 9, 12, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 36, 37, 38, 68, 94, 129, x9, x25) and now we only have 24 buses on 4 routes (8, 36, 37, 38) - not even the 31 goes to Manchester during the daytime anymore!!!!

The money that Greater Manchester received today is earmarked for the guided busway, "improvements" for the Route 8 (but creating greater traffic mayhem for many road users because they don't have a direct link to Manchester anymore), 12 new trams, doing up the tram stops and replacing bus stations - that money could have been used to help buy more train carriages, improve local bus networks by providing more services to estates and re-establishing lost bus links to Manchester, doing up the railway stations (which is more needed than doing up the tram stops!!).



On another note with the loss of the Route 480 to Affetside why don't TfGM, which funds the Route 533, re-route the 533 to serve Bolton, Bradshaw, Affetside, Edgworth, Bromley Cross, Dunscar and Egerton - bus requirements is as now (2 buses) and actually wouldn't cost much more than what they fund now for the Route 533!!!
Firstly we do not need the guided bus ways what is needed is a totally integrated bus network. To reduce traffic more frequent bus services are required through the various housing estates to the town centre where they then meet up with the inter-urban bus routes. At this moment in time we have between half hourly and hourly buses services on many estates but the interurban buss routes are of a high frequency thus to get to the inter-urban routes many need a cr and a such people will use the car to travel the full distance r to the nearest rail/tram station!!!! For instance in Bolton we lost the routes 12 and 94, and re-routed the 37, which served the east and west sides of the town and on into Manchester so the only way now is to go into ton to get either bus or train into Manchester - thus forcing people into cars and as such car usage is up and record numbers are using the train/trams. Plus nowadays the buses to Manchester just use the one single corridor into Manchester again limiting choice and pushing people into cars. 10 years ago we had 39 buses between Bolton and Manchester on 15 routes (6, 8, 9, 12, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 36, 37, 38, 68, 94, 129, x9, x25) and now we only have 24 buses on 4 routes (8, 36, 37, 38) - not even the 31 goes to Manchester during the daytime anymore!!!! The money that Greater Manchester received today is earmarked for the guided busway, "improvements" for the Route 8 (but creating greater traffic mayhem for many road users because they don't have a direct link to Manchester anymore), 12 new trams, doing up the tram stops and replacing bus stations - that money could have been used to help buy more train carriages, improve local bus networks by providing more services to estates and re-establishing lost bus links to Manchester, doing up the railway stations (which is more needed than doing up the tram stops!!). On another note with the loss of the Route 480 to Affetside why don't TfGM, which funds the Route 533, re-route the 533 to serve Bolton, Bradshaw, Affetside, Edgworth, Bromley Cross, Dunscar and Egerton - bus requirements is as now (2 buses) and actually wouldn't cost much more than what they fund now for the Route 533!!! nigella farrage
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