Twenty new double-deck buses featuring a high-specification interior will be introduced on the Leigh-Manchester premium Busway next year.
The new interiors have been developed following feedback from over 1,000 people who had their say via an online survey, community meetings, public events and on-street surveys in Tyldesley, Atherton, Leigh and Salford.
According to First Manchester, twenty accessible buses will be fitted with luxury interiors and e-leather seating and feature interior and exterior CCTV and free Wi-Fi. Customers will also benefit from onboard “next stop” audio and visual announcements and USB charging points as well as coach-back seating and table areas on the upper floor.
The new buses will operate in a 14-mile route linking Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester city centre and through to the universities, Central Manchester Hospital site and businesses along Oxford Road. The Busway will allow services to run free from congestion on a 4.5 mile guided section linking Leigh and Ellenbrook.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “I am delighted residents who may be future bus passengers can see we are moving ever closer to services starting on the busway. We promised a fast, frequent, premium service as a result of our investment in the bus priority package and we are delivering on that commitment with First.”
The first vehicles are expected to be delivered in January for full guideway and route testing as well as driver and route familiarisation before the Busway is fully open.
Commenting on the announcement, Ian Humphreys, Head of Commercial for First Manchester said: “We’re delighted to be able to unveil these stunning images in advance of the delivery of these new vehicles next year. I’d like to thank members of the local communities, our customers and our partners at TfGM who together have helped to help shape the future of bus services. The Busway will bring faster and more reliable links for customers and we’re very excited to be part of such an important, premium service in Greater Manchester.”
Further information about the Busway and the wider bus priority package can be found here.2 comments