Transport for Greater Manchester has unveiled an image of how its new busway scheme is expected to look on completion in 2014.
The image shows a new pathway, which will run alongside the guided part of the busway, to be used by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.
Traffic Regulation Orders have now been granted by Salford City Council to allow bus priority measures and improvements to junctions and traffic flow to be carried out on the road section of the route, along the A580.
The busway will run between Leigh, Tyldesley, Ellenbrook, Salford and Manchester city centre. It will improve the frequency and reliability of bus journeys at all points along the route, and will ultimately reduce journey times from Leigh to central Manchester to less than 45 minutes. A 7km stretch of the busway route will be guided from Leigh to Ellenbrook on which only specifically adapted buses will be able to travel, allowing them to avoid busy traffic. On the majority of the remaining 14km route the buses will use dedicated lanes and will have enhanced priority at junctions where they cross existing roads.
The majority of the busway costs will be met locally from the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. This is a guaranteed source of funding and is not subject to any funding decisions made by Government.
Summer 2010 Initial site works on the guided section of the route at Newearth Road (Ellenbrook) and Sale Lane (Tyldesley)
Autumn 2010 Majority of work on Central Manchester Hospitals’ terminus completed
January 2012 Site clearance works along guided part of route began.
Spring 2012 Start of improvements to A580 part of busway route
Autumn 2012 Award contract for design and construction of guided part of busway
2013 to 2014 Construction of guided part of busway
Late 2014 Busway operational