Vantage, the premium brand for the Leigh to Manchester Busway

First Greater Manchester has unveiled the new service brand ‘Vantage’ to be introduced on the Leigh-Salford-Manchester premium Busway later this year.

Vantage reflects the premium quality of the unique Busway service. The superior travel experience was revealed today on the first of twenty, new, high-quality Wrightbus Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LH hybrid buses.

Premium features include e-leather seating, free WiFi, onboard “next stop” audio and visual announcements and USB charging points. Upstairs customers can relax in style with deluxe coach-back seating and table areas.

In preparing for the launch of the new Busway scheme, First Greater Manchester is also recruiting outstanding individuals to join the team and serve customers on the new premium ‘Vantage’ service. The training package will include a full week’s instruction on driving in the guideway, vehicle familiarisation and additional coaching in customer service.

Matt Rawlinson, Business Manager at First in Greater Manchester said, “We’re very excited to be unveiling the new Vantage brand for the premium Busway service. Vantage will be an outstanding customer experience at the same great value fares as we have across our network.

“Our team are looking forward to providing fast and reliable connections to the communities along the whole route. The Busway scheme means more jobs for local people and we’re now actively recruiting customer focused individuals for this exciting opportunity.

“Together with our transport partners we’re looking forward to serving customers on the Busway who I’m sure will be delighted with the whole experience including the stunning new buses.”

The new frequent buses will operate on the 14-mile route linking communities in Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester. Busway services will be able to run free from congestion on a 4.5 mile guided section linking Leigh and Ellenbrook meaning improvements in service reliability and journey time savings.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “We promised residents that Greater Manchester’s first guided busway would deliver a premium service that connected them quickly, reliably and frequently between, Leigh, Salford and Manchester and I am delighted that after so many months of expectation and anticipation we are now gearing up for that to start.

“In addition to the benefits that will be seen by passengers, we are already seeing the immediate economic benefits for everyone with new jobs being created.”

When fully completed, regular services will run from both Leigh and Atherton which will combine to offer a higher frequency in each direction between Tyldesley and Manchester during the day, six days a week – with a less frequent service on Sundays.There will also be three free to use

There will also be three free to use park and ride sites to serve the busway providing over 400 spaces in Leigh, on Astley Street in Tyldesley, and on the A580 East Lancashire Road near to the M60/61 junction. All park and ride site locations have been chosen for their convenience for car drivers.

Tom Harrison

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  • Peter Garrity
    19th November 2017, 3:41 pm

    Despite living only 6 miles from Leigh I’d never even heard of this service previously . However having taken my first journey I’m totally impressed . This is 22nd Century transport , despite some "negative" comments on here all I can say is that I thought the bus , the "guided busway" and the staff were absolute quality !

  • Mike Reed
    10th February 2017, 5:11 pm

    I took the guided busway to Manchester to day leaving on the 10.35 from Leigh Bus Station
    and the journey was like traveling in an icebox. I caught the approx 11.30 V1 back and the
    same thing happened, the journey was like traveling in an icebox. As a result, I will not be
    using the service agaiin. I would rather spend longer and be warmer on the X34 or 34 then
    suffer the severe cold on the V!.

  • Jamed
    29th March 2016, 6:47 pm

    Can you tell me what the handrails are for at the upper deck outside area? I cannot fathom them out.

    • robert burke@Jamed
      30th April 2016, 8:31 am

      the handrails on the upper nearside front the vehicle are for protection from branches so the front upper glazing will not be damaged should the vehicle hit low branches as it passes by