Vantage Customers Set to Be Quids In from 3rd April

Vantage Customers Set to Be Quids In from 3rd April

Free taster tickets and a special £1 flat fare are part of a package of incentives for customers announced by First Manchester in advance of the start of Vantage bus services on the North West’s first ever guided busway.

Customers travelling on the North West’s first guided busway service, branded Vantage by operator First Greater Manchester, will pay a maximum of £1 for any single journey between Leigh/Atherton, Tyldesley and Ellenbrook (Newearth Rd, Worsley). The promotional fare will be available for at least 6 months from the start of services on 3 April.

As well as being able to take advantage of new, quicker, more reliable bus connections between Leigh/Atherton, Tyldesley, Salford and Manchester, customers can also claim their complimentary free taster ticket.

Up to and including 2 April, customers can register online for a complimentary day mobile-ticket valid on the entire Vantage V1 (Leigh-Tyldesley-Manchester) & V2 (Atherton-Tyldesley-Manchester) routes between 3 April and 17 April inclusive. Mobile tickets are an increasingly popular way to travel by bus via the First Bus App. Terms and conditions are also available on the website.

First Manchester have also confirmed the Vantage services will offer a high quality premium service at everyday fares so popular tickets such as the £4.20 FirstDay, £14 FirstWeek and the range of mobile tickets including the 16-18 £10 weekly will continue to be available on Vantage services.

Vantage will start as early as 4am and run beyond midnight, providing shift workers with a real choice on a fleet of high quality, quiet, low-emission hybrid buses. Facilities include free wi-fi, USB charging points, climate control and on-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements.

There will be four buses an hour throughout the day from Leigh and Atherton meaning passengers travelling from Astley Street in Tyldesley will benefit from eight buses an hour in either direction – making travel easier and helping people reach key employment, healthcare, retail and leisure facilities more easily than ever.

Ian Humphreys, Head of Commercial for First Greater Manchester said, “I’m sure our promotional fares alongside our everyday value for money tickets will be very popular and we look forward to welcoming customers on board these faster, reliable, high quality services.”

The scheme includes three park and ride sites in Leigh, Tyldesley and on the East Lancs Road that will be free for all bus users and should also ease demand on rail services during morning and evening peaks.

Customers can purchase multi-journey tickets via the ‘First Bus mTickets’ app which is available for free on App Store and Google Play.

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