Bus priority package - Quality Partnership Scheme

Transport for Greater Manchester is investing £122 million in improving bus connections between Leigh, Atherton, Salford, Middleton, East Didsbury and Manchester. The bus priority package is one of the largest investments into Greater Manchester’s bus network in decades. Comprising the region’s first guided busway between Leigh and Ellenbrook and either creating or improving over 25 miles of infrastructure, the bus priority package represents a noticeable commitment to ensuring that bus passengers across the conurbation enjoy quicker and more reliable bus journeys for decades to come.

In order to ensure that future passengers of the services are able to enjoy the best possible journey experience, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, Rochdale Borough Council and Wigan Council in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are seeking to make a bus Quality Partnership Scheme (QPS) for part of the routes being delivered by the bus priority package.
An eight-week consultation on the proposed QPS was held between 14 May 2015 and 9 July 2015. The consultation is now closed. A summary of the QPS is below, along with how you can find out more information.
The QPS will be one of the largest in the UK, will span four local authorities and cover approximately 50 bus routes operating along the three principal corridors joining up within Manchester city centre. The QPS will ensure a high standard of bus service for all on-highway sections of the bus priority package.
Routes covered by the QPS
The routes covered by the QPS will include:
  • A580 East Lancashire Road / A6 Chapel Street (Ellenbrook to Manchester city centre), including A577 Tyldesley Road (Atherton to Tyldesley) and A572 Spinning Jenny Way (Leigh Bus Station to guided busway);
  • A664 Rochdale Road / Manchester New Road (Middleton to Manchester city centre); and
  • Oxford Road / Wilmslow Road (East Didsbury to Manchester city centre).

Benefits to passengers

The QPS will bring the local authorities and bus operators together in a formal partnership to deliver and maintain the quality infrastructure with a commitment to provide high standards of service and travel experience for passengers.

The potential local benefits to passengers of the QPS are:

  • Improved performance and punctuality standards;
  • Better customer relations, through driver training and more consistently delivered customer focused standards;
  • Stability of services within the QPS area;
  • Improving security and cleanliness;
  • Reduced differential between car and bus journey times; and
  • Maintaining improved vehicle standards.

More information

For more information on the bus priority package QPS please visit our frequently asked questions section (FAQ).