More than three million passenger journeys have now been made on services using the Leigh to Ellenbrook guided busway in Manchester over the past year.
The figure includes a growing number of commuters who have made the switch from car to busway, according to Transport for Greater Manchester which says this equates to around 580,000 fewer car journeys across the regional highway network each year, helping to improve air quality and reduce congestion.
Operated by First Manchester, the service was launched in April 2016 and has carried 7.8 million journeys in its first three years.
Following the launch of the Greater Manchester Congestion Deal last year, and in response to increasing passenger demand, additional bus services were added in October 2018.
“This significant landmark of three million passenger journeys a year is testament to just how successful the guided busway has been since its introduction in 2016,” says Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham. “Patronage has grown year upon year to the point where extra services have been added to cope with the demand – proving what an attractive and viable travel option it is.
“It is clear that, by providing a combination of segregated infrastructure, high quality vehicles and reliable services, buses can deliver a positive solution to changing the way people travel, tackling congestion and improve air quality. I’m committed to investing in the bus market so we can continue to improve the customer experience and encourage people to leave the car at home.”