A WELL-USED bus link will be extended after its initial success.

The Logistics North Local Link service was introduced in 2016 but has become increasingly popular with travellers.

It currently stops at Farnworth, Atherton, Daisy Hill, Little Hulton and Bolton Interchange but will now be extended to Breightmet, to allow more people to commute to the major employment site.

In addition, the Bolton Council funded service will see its hours extended so that it runs from 4am to 9am and from 11am to 1.30am.

Director of place, Gerry Brough, said: “Logistics North has been a huge success story for the borough. It is a key element of our economic regeneration strategy and has created thousands of jobs.

“Its success has led to an increase in demand for this link service. We wanted to ensure that it will meet this demand and continue to be as available and accessible as possible for the people who need it.

“We are grateful to TFGM for working with us to enable this to happen.”

Since its introduction, the Local Link service has proved increasingly popular, with more than 1,500 trips per month during the run up to Christmas.

Chair of the Bus Network and Transport for Greater Manchester Services Sub-Committee, Cllr Roger Jones, said: “Making travel easier is at the heart of everything we do so it really is fantastic news that we have been able to work in partnership with Bolton Council to extend the hours and the reach of this service.

“As well as the obvious employment benefits, the improvements should also help more people to connect with bus and rail services, which opens up even more travel opportunities.

“Extending the service should also help to potentially reduce the number of car journeys in the area, which will have positive impacts on both congestion and air quality.”

For information on the Local Link service, visit www.tfgm.com or call TfGM in 0161 244 1000.