First look at guided busway linking Bolton to Manchester and Leigh

An artist's impression of the proposed guided busway that will link Bolton to Manchester and Leigh.

An artist's impression of the proposed guided busway that will link Bolton to Manchester and Leigh.

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news editor

THIS is the first glimpse of the state-of-the-art guided busway that will link Bolton commuters to Manchester and Leigh.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has released a new artist’s impression of Sale Lane in Tyldesley — one of the seven pairs of new stops on the 4.5 mile guided busway between Leigh and Ellenbrook.

All new stops on the busway will be fully accessible, with shelters, CCTV, real time electronic information displays and cycle parking.

Services on the £68 million busway — funded through the Greater Manchester Transport Fund — will run on new and existing bus lanes along the East Lancashire Road into the city centre and through to Oxford Road, cutting journey times.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM committee, said: “Construction work is well under way on the guided busway — the flagship scheme of a much wider bus priority package — so it’s fantastic that we can begin to show people how it will look.

“Other UK busway systems have rightly set the bar high in terms of quality of service and in keeping with this we want to provide passengers with a high quality, reliable and frequent bus service with state-of-the-art stops.

“The guided busway will improve local links and stimulate investment in the local area, in addition to providing shorter journey times to key employment, education and health sites along Oxford Road, south of Manchester city centre.”

Peter Boulton, TfGM’s head of programme management services, added: “One of the key benefits of the bus priority package is that we are introducing infrastructure so that buses can get across Manchester city centre more reliably.”

Busway construction work started last year and is due for completion in 2015. Work will start later this year to lay the two concrete tracks on which high quality, environmentally friendly buses — with specially adapted guide wheels — will run.

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will be able to enjoy a 4.5 metre wide path along the entire length of the busway, all year round.

Three park and ride sites will serve the route between Leigh and Manchester providing at least 440 parking spaces.

For more information on the bus priority project visit tfgm.com/buspriority.

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10:29am Wed 30 Jul 14

toby hobson says...

Another waste of taxpayers money. Maybe instead of this expensive construction that if bus fares are anything to go by will cost a fortune to use, we could of improved the east lancs road and left Chapel Street alone instead of narrowing it, thus clogging the main route into Salford/Manchester up (in revenge to us saying no to the toll)
Another waste of taxpayers money. Maybe instead of this expensive construction that if bus fares are anything to go by will cost a fortune to use, we could of improved the east lancs road and left Chapel Street alone instead of narrowing it, thus clogging the main route into Salford/Manchester up (in revenge to us saying no to the toll) toby hobson
  • Score: 23

10:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOT RID OF THE RAILWAY THEN THEY WOULDN'T BE IN THIS MESS!!!!!!
THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOT RID OF THE RAILWAY THEN THEY WOULDN'T BE IN THIS MESS!!!!!! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 29

10:59am Wed 30 Jul 14

Reed Lover says...

I was waiting for the piece to inform me what exactly a 'guided busway' is but alas not. Great work Jane.
I was waiting for the piece to inform me what exactly a 'guided busway' is but alas not. Great work Jane. Reed Lover
  • Score: 16

11:16am Wed 30 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Bring back the railway, not some deluded busway.
Bring back the railway, not some deluded busway. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 18

11:36am Wed 30 Jul 14

stereo_world says...

Reed Lover wrote:
I was waiting for the piece to inform me what exactly a 'guided busway' is but alas not. Great work Jane.
From Wikipedia:

Guided buses are buses steered by external means, usually on a dedicated track or roll way that excludes other traffic, permitting the maintenance of schedules even during rush hours.

Guidance systems can be physical, such as kerbs or guide bars, or remote, such as optical or radio guidance.

On kerb-guided buses (often abbreviated to KGB) small guide wheels attached to the bus engage vertical kerbs on either side of the guideway. These guide wheels push the steering mechanism of the bus, keeping it centralised on the track. Away from the guideway, the bus is steered in the normal way. The start of the guideway is funnelled from a wide track to guideway width. This system permits high-speed operation on a narrow guideway and precise positioning at boarding platforms, facilitating access for the elderly and disabled. Guided buses may be articulated, allowing more passengers, but not as many as light rail or trams that don't also freely navigate public roads.
[quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: I was waiting for the piece to inform me what exactly a 'guided busway' is but alas not. Great work Jane.[/p][/quote]From Wikipedia: Guided buses are buses steered by external means, usually on a dedicated track or roll way that excludes other traffic, permitting the maintenance of schedules even during rush hours. Guidance systems can be physical, such as kerbs or guide bars, or remote, such as optical or radio guidance. On kerb-guided buses (often abbreviated to KGB) small guide wheels attached to the bus engage vertical kerbs on either side of the guideway. These guide wheels push the steering mechanism of the bus, keeping it centralised on the track. Away from the guideway, the bus is steered in the normal way. The start of the guideway is funnelled from a wide track to guideway width. This system permits high-speed operation on a narrow guideway and precise positioning at boarding platforms, facilitating access for the elderly and disabled. Guided buses may be articulated, allowing more passengers, but not as many as light rail or trams that don't also freely navigate public roads. stereo_world
  • Score: 7

12:59pm Wed 30 Jul 14

aardwolf says...

Bolton commuters, huh?
Can you imagine how the decision for this was made?
"Right, we have nearly £70M spare, what useless crackpot scheme can we think of?"
"I know, let's connect Leigh to Salford!"
This is right up there with connecting Bury to Manchester by Metrolink.
What next? Connecting Blackrod to Southport by hot air balloon?
Bolton commuters, huh? Can you imagine how the decision for this was made? "Right, we have nearly £70M spare, what useless crackpot scheme can we think of?" "I know, let's connect Leigh to Salford!" This is right up there with connecting Bury to Manchester by Metrolink. What next? Connecting Blackrod to Southport by hot air balloon? aardwolf
  • Score: 13

1:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

As a Asian I stopped using buses in Bolton get to much abuse. It's a horrible experience usually the back seats are full of scroats. Going upstairs is a no zone for sure.
As a Asian I stopped using buses in Bolton get to much abuse. It's a horrible experience usually the back seats are full of scroats. Going upstairs is a no zone for sure. pradagucci
  • Score: -10

1:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Hulton Park says...

Don't know where you got the idea from that this connects Bolton with anywhere - it runs from Leigh to Manchester, along the old Eccles-Tyldesley line.

Not an inch of it is within the Bolton boundary.
Don't know where you got the idea from that this connects Bolton with anywhere - it runs from Leigh to Manchester, along the old Eccles-Tyldesley line. Not an inch of it is within the Bolton boundary. Hulton Park
  • Score: 21

1:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

toby hobson says...

No doubt it will "connect" Bolton to Salford via a hugely expensive car park in Leigh or some sort of Bus interchange that will allow the overpriced, dirty, smelly, dangerous busses from Bolton to go a few miles out of the way, so they can hook up with the overpriced, clean, perfumed, dangerous guided bus that will become the only logical option for commuters as the East Lancs/Chapel Street become clogged up by design!
No doubt it will "connect" Bolton to Salford via a hugely expensive car park in Leigh or some sort of Bus interchange that will allow the overpriced, dirty, smelly, dangerous busses from Bolton to go a few miles out of the way, so they can hook up with the overpriced, clean, perfumed, dangerous guided bus that will become the only logical option for commuters as the East Lancs/Chapel Street become clogged up by design! toby hobson
  • Score: 5

11:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

Dirty smelling buses???

Firstly all new buses use the Euro5 and Euro6 engines which are actually cleaner than the average car engine.

Secondly all buses provided by TfGM to the bus companies on the subsidised contracts (which account for 20% of all bus services in the county) are hybrid - that is Euro6 engines and electric.

Thirdly, starting from Monday TfGM newest buses are electric only and will, to begin with, operate on the Manchester Metroshuttle services before being cascaded down to the subsidised routes.

As the guided busway will be operated by TfGM that means the bus company that wins the contract to run the buses will have strict guidelines to adhere to as normal buses will not be allowed to operate on the guided busway. The buses will be provided by TfGM and will be of the most modern cleanest engine.

so dirty smelling buses are a monster of the past - you need to see the buses of the modern world and of tomorrow!!!
Dirty smelling buses??? Firstly all new buses use the Euro5 and Euro6 engines which are actually cleaner than the average car engine. Secondly all buses provided by TfGM to the bus companies on the subsidised contracts (which account for 20% of all bus services in the county) are hybrid - that is Euro6 engines and electric. Thirdly, starting from Monday TfGM newest buses are electric only and will, to begin with, operate on the Manchester Metroshuttle services before being cascaded down to the subsidised routes. As the guided busway will be operated by TfGM that means the bus company that wins the contract to run the buses will have strict guidelines to adhere to as normal buses will not be allowed to operate on the guided busway. The buses will be provided by TfGM and will be of the most modern cleanest engine. so dirty smelling buses are a monster of the past - you need to see the buses of the modern world and of tomorrow!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: 0

9:09am Thu 31 Jul 14

Citizen Cane says...

Exactly how environmentally friendly are all the empty buses driving pointless routes during off-peak hours?
Exactly how environmentally friendly are all the empty buses driving pointless routes during off-peak hours? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Thu 31 Jul 14

toby hobson says...

nigella farrage wrote:
Dirty smelling buses???

Firstly all new buses use the Euro5 and Euro6 engines which are actually cleaner than the average car engine.

Secondly all buses provided by TfGM to the bus companies on the subsidised contracts (which account for 20% of all bus services in the county) are hybrid - that is Euro6 engines and electric.

Thirdly, starting from Monday TfGM newest buses are electric only and will, to begin with, operate on the Manchester Metroshuttle services before being cascaded down to the subsidised routes.

As the guided busway will be operated by TfGM that means the bus company that wins the contract to run the buses will have strict guidelines to adhere to as normal buses will not be allowed to operate on the guided busway. The buses will be provided by TfGM and will be of the most modern cleanest engine.

so dirty smelling buses are a monster of the past - you need to see the buses of the modern world and of tomorrow!!!
Sorry, I was referring to the inside of the busses and not necessarily the engine. The exhaust emissions can be as Green as you want but if the bus smells of B.O. Dog Dirt, Urine, Alcohol, Stale Milk and Cannabis then the environment INSIDE the bus isn't exactly of European standards where public transport is taken seriously. You can get in a bus without fear of mugging, they are on time, frequent and cheaper to use than a taxi or car. The only way to make public transport work in the UK is to bring it back into public ownership, not for profit, staff them properly, make them safe and clean to use. At the moment I would put my dog on one and I certainly couldn't afford to!
[quote][p][bold]nigella farrage[/bold] wrote: Dirty smelling buses??? Firstly all new buses use the Euro5 and Euro6 engines which are actually cleaner than the average car engine. Secondly all buses provided by TfGM to the bus companies on the subsidised contracts (which account for 20% of all bus services in the county) are hybrid - that is Euro6 engines and electric. Thirdly, starting from Monday TfGM newest buses are electric only and will, to begin with, operate on the Manchester Metroshuttle services before being cascaded down to the subsidised routes. As the guided busway will be operated by TfGM that means the bus company that wins the contract to run the buses will have strict guidelines to adhere to as normal buses will not be allowed to operate on the guided busway. The buses will be provided by TfGM and will be of the most modern cleanest engine. so dirty smelling buses are a monster of the past - you need to see the buses of the modern world and of tomorrow!!![/p][/quote]Sorry, I was referring to the inside of the busses and not necessarily the engine. The exhaust emissions can be as Green as you want but if the bus smells of B.O. Dog Dirt, Urine, Alcohol, Stale Milk and Cannabis then the environment INSIDE the bus isn't exactly of European standards where public transport is taken seriously. You can get in a bus without fear of mugging, they are on time, frequent and cheaper to use than a taxi or car. The only way to make public transport work in the UK is to bring it back into public ownership, not for profit, staff them properly, make them safe and clean to use. At the moment I would put my dog on one and I certainly couldn't afford to! toby hobson
  • Score: 4

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