Manchester starts travel links review

A 12-week public consultation on infrastructure improvements for bus services to Manchester city centre is now under way.

The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, together with Manchester and Salford City Councils and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, are aiming to finalise a package along three major corridors.

The first is from Boothstown via the A580 East Lancashire Road and A6 Broad Street, Crescent and Chapel Street. The other two are from Middleton Bus Station via the A664 Manchester New Road and Rochdale Road and from East Didsbury via Wilmslow Road and Oxford Road. After the consultation, work is anticipated to start next year and end by 2013.

The proposals aim to offer seamless bus connections across the city centre between areas in the north, west and south of Greater Manchester and the Oxford Road corridor's education and health facilities without passengers having to change.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority chairman Keith Whitmore maintained: "These radical proposals will create a significant change in the way that bus services operate in the region."

He added: "They will improve the journey times and reliability of services for Salford, Middleton, north and south Manchester and offer better links to jobs, education and health care."

The scheme is one of 15 transport investments covered by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, a £1.5 billion, ten-year programme launched this year.

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