Greater Manchester’s Bus Priority Package

Since 2012 we’ve been making one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network for decades – with over 25 miles of the network being either created or improved.

We wanted to make bus travel a better experience for everyone and so the improvements we’ve made will help people enjoy quicker, more punctual and reliable bus services along key routes across Greater Manchester.

The £122m Bus Priority Package now enables cross-city bus services to run directly through the heart of Manchester city centre – free from other traffic – connecting even more people to some of the city’s best employment, education, health, leisure and retail destinations.

To make this possible two of the city’s key commuter routes have been transformed with significant improvements made to both Portland Street and Oxford Road.

On the other side of the scheme, the North West’s first guided busway from Leigh to Ellenbrook is now making travel quicker and more reliable for thousands of people from Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, through Salford and on to Manchester city centre.

Alongside the guided busway we’ve created a dedicated walking and cycling route which runs the full 4.5 miles, reduced bus times on the East Lancs Road, introduced three new park and ride sites and made significant town centre improvements in Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley by creating better bus priority measures or by improving public spaces.

On these pages you can find out more about the Bus Priority Package, the changes we’ve made and what they mean for you. Whether you travel by bus, cycle, car, or on foot – live locally or own a business along one of the routes – the scheme has benefits for everyone.

Find out more information on bus routes and timetables.

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