Major utility works start on A580 for Manchester busway

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Work to deliver a major bus priority route along the East Lancashire Road (A580) between Salford and Manchester has started this week. Dedicated bus lanes are to be created at key stretches of the A580 between Ellenbrook and Irlams o’th’ Height as part of the Leigh-Salford-Manchester busway.

Transport for Greater Manchester and Salford City Council have developed the scheme to improve access to key destinations by more reliable, punctual bus services with shorter journey times.

The major programme of works started on Monday (October 21) with a series of utility diversions before bus lane construction can start next year. Alongside new stretches of bus lane there will be two lanes of general traffic in each direction. A new signalling system which responds to traffic levels on the road will also be installed to improve traffic flow at junctions.

BT is also carrying out work on the eastbound carriageway (towards Manchester) along the A580 between Old Clough Lane and the junction where the M61 joins the A580. Part of the A580 will be reduced to one lane on the eastbound carriageway only. Access will be maintained to the M60 north on-slip road.