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Bedford Fields, Worsley

Sustainable guided busway continues to bring lasting benefits

The 4.5-mile bus-only guideway between Leigh, Tyldesley and Ellenbrook provides super-smooth, rapid connections for passengers thanks to a unique concrete track.
It forms the flagship element of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) bus priority investment, a  £122 million overall package enabling people to enjoy faster, more punctual and more reliable bus services across the region, to, from and through the city centre.

As well as the economic and community value of the project, completion of the busway will deliver a series of environmental benefits, all of which started from the beginning with the construction methods and techniques used.

  • 11,130 wagon movements were avoided by optimising material use, saving 23,000 kg CO2 – many of these vehicle movements would have been on local roads. Instead the existing section of the busway was used to move earth to the locations (such as Collier’s Wood) where it was to be reused;
  • 72,000 tonnes of material donated to create new community woodland – this movement of material to the site enabled the local community to participate in the planting of over 25,000 trees in the site known as Collier’s Wood;
  • 83,500m3 of material diverted from landfill through value engineering – innovative use of machinery enabled the soil removed from the busway site to be graded and re used for hardcore, landscaping and tree planting, as appropriate; and
  • 90% reduction in water consumption – water was recycled during the construction of the track

There were benefits too for local flora and fauna:

  • 3,000 Amphibians were relocated, including over 200 great crested newts, constructing ponds and dedicated newt tunnels under the busway
  • Planting 1,000 new trees at Bedford Fields in Worsley
  • Planting new fruit trees at 20 local schools
  • In between the busway tracks, a sedum drainage layer has been planted to improve sustainability and enhance its appearance
  • Further habitat enhancements include planting new wetlands, grass and wildflower meadows, fruit trees and creating amphibian ponds. This will ensure the area remains a haven for wildlife in the future. 

Additional community benefits included:

  • £210,000 of funding for the local community including the refurbishment of Tyldesley town square, new parking bays and working with schools and community groups on focused initiatives:
  • Donating 40 tonnes of limestone and geotextile to Tyldesley allotments to construct new footways and driveways
  • Donating £1,200 to buy a new storage container for Hindsford Primary School when they lost their other facility in a fire
  • Constructing a new garden area for Noah’s Ark Nursery in the King’s Centre
  • Upgrading footpaths on Squires Lane and repairing potholes at the Lancastrian Club

The investment includes three new park and ride facilities, catering for more than 400 cars in total, and a specially surfaced shared path alongside the busway which can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Operated by First Manchester under the brand Vantage, the busway passenger service will be aboard a fleet of 20 new, bespoke, state-of-the-art, high-specification, low-emission hybrid buses, complete with Wi-Fi and USB charging points.

The busway links to bus priority routes along the A580 through Salford, with the remaining bus priority work currently taking place to the south of Manchester city centre along Oxford Road. The city centre works are themselves part of a £1 billion investment to ‘future-proof’ the transport network and support the regional economy.
 

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