First Manchester to launch third Vantage route

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The Vantage service offered by First Manchester utilises a fleet of Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 3-bodied Volvo B5LH double-deckers. ANDY IZATT

First Manchester is adding a new route to its premium Vantage bus service from January 29.

The new V3 Vantage service will run hourly every day, to and from Manchester Royal Infirmary. The popular V1 and V2 Vantage services will continue to operate, but there will be minor changes to the timetable to allow the services more time to complete their journeys during peak times.

V3 services will run from Leigh along the four and a half mile traffic-free guided busway, before utilising bus lanes on the East Lancs Road, with stops including the East Lancs Road Park & Ride, University of Salford and Salford Crescent Railway Station.

The V1 and V2 routes will continue to serve Piccadilly Gardens and Stevenson Square, while the V3 will travel straight down Princess Street, Portland Street and Oxford Street before reaching Oxford Road, with services running to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Ian Humphreys, Head of Commercial at First Manchester, said: “The V3 service will be run with the same premium Vantage vehicles, which means you can travel in style with E-Leather seating, free WiFi, next stop audio and visual announcements, luxury seats, tables upstairs and USB charging points.”