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Official Oxford Road transformation/bus priority scheme launch

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:36:00 BST

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said the changes to Oxford Road, which include Dutch-style cycle lanes and improved pathways for pedestrians, would serve as a ‘blueprint’ for the rest of the city. He also took the opportunity to announce wider plans for a consultation to tackle congestion across Greater Manchester.

As Leigh MP from 2001 to 2017, he also acknowledged the success of the North West’s first guided busway, which runs from Leigh and Ellenbrook with limited stops along the way to Manchester Royal Infirmary. Up to eight state-of-the-art buses an hour travel along the route, with seven purpose-built stops on the guided section, all with real-time journey information. Each bus, powered by low-emission hybrid engines, has free Wi-Fi, USB charging points, climate control and on-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements.

David Budd, Senior Project Manager for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said the massive changes would not have been possible without the support of the Oxford Road Corridor partners, a group which includes The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the hospitals.

He said: “The commitment of partners and stakeholders working collaboratively together has ensured the success of this challenging project.”

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates, said: “Manchester is a place where pioneering ideas are brought to life, and today marks the completion of another pioneering idea. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project and I’m sure we will all see the benefits for years to come.”

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