TfGM bus route improvements underway

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has started work on a package of changes to bus routes across Manchester city centre.

TfGM and Manchester City Council’s bus priority package is intended to significantly improve the quality, punctuality and reliability of bus services on 25 miles of key routes that run through the city and across Greater Manchester.

The scheme forms part of a co-ordinated three-year programme of works, known collectively as Grow, which aim to future-proof the city’s transport infrastructure.

Under the new scheme sections of Portland Street will be open for use by buses, cycles, taxis and emergency vehicles only. Buses will travel on a near continuous bus lane to Piccadilly. Access to buildings along Portland Street will be maintained.

Some sections of roads will become one-way and Princess Street will become two-way. Upgraded bus stops will be introduced to improve accessibility.

General traffic will still be able to access all areas of the city, although the route used may be different.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chairman of the TfGM committee, said: “Around a quarter of a million journeys are made in to the city centre every day and the number of people who visit the city is growing.

“We’re working to make sure the transport network supports this growth, continuing to make Manchester a vibrant and prosperous city.

“We’re making changes so that buses can travel in to, across, and out of the city without being held up in general traffic.”