New-look Leigh Bus Station opens

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The new bus station will serve as a terminus for a new guided busway, which is due to open in the first quarter of next year
The new bus station will serve as a terminus for a new guided busway, which is due to open in the first quarter of next year

Leigh’s new-look bus station and cycle hub has opened after work finished on a £1m project to transform public transport facilities in the town.

The new-look station is a key part of a bus priority package, as a terminus for guided busway services linking passengers with Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, Salford and Manchester city centre and beyond.

Construction work on the guided busway is well under way and is due to be completed by the end of this year, with services up and running to the revamped bus station in early 2016.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chairman of the TfGM Committee said: “This has been a big construction project but in just six months we’ve seen a major transformation to public transport facilities in this busy town.

“I’m particularly pleased to see Leigh join the dozen other cycle hubs across Greater Manchester, making it easier than ever to get around by bike and bus.”

The busway will offer a minimum of four buses an hour between Leigh and Manchester during the day from Mondays to Saturdays. There will also be services on Sundays and in the evenings.

Bus journey times between Leigh and Manchester city centre are expected to be cut to less than 50 minutes. There will be improvements to local journeys with four buses an hour travelling between Leigh and Tyldesley town centre in both directions. The journey time between Leigh and Tyldesley will be 10 minutes compared to the existing bus journey time of around 20 minutes.