First invites public to design consultation on busway vehicles

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First is inviting the public to have their say on the premium bus service which will use the new flagship bus priority route between Leigh, Salford and Manchester.

The public consultation is being run by First in Greater Manchester to shape the design of the new vehicle interior which will be used on the bus route due to start later this year. The 14-mile route will link communities in Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester city centre and through to the universities, Central Manchester Hospital site and businesses along Oxford Road.

First was selected by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to run the high frequency busway services which will use brand new double-deckers which will be replaced every five years. The vehicles will include next-stop audio-visual announcements and CCTV, alongside free WiFi, climate control and high quality seating.

The consultation will give the public a chance to choose colour styles as well as design such as the possible introduction of tables on the upper deck. First is proposing four colour options for colours of seating, hand-poles and floor design.

Ian Humphreys, Head of Commercial for First Manchester, said: “We’re keen to get the views of the local community, our customers and our partners such as TfGM 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 hear what people want their bus services to look like so we can encourage even more people onto public transport.”