Transport Designed’s Review of 2016 – April

Advantage Manchester as the guided busway opens

Vantage launches in Manchester

Greater Manchester’s first ever guided busway opened in April, linking the towns of Leigh and Atherton with Salford and Manchester along a 4.5mile-long section of previously disused trackbed.

Launched to great fanfare, despite First’s woeful attempt at ‘do-it-yourself’ branding, the system is now performing impressively. First recently reported over 45,000 weekly users, with almost a million customers carried to date. The busway is Vantage’s trump card over Stagecoach’s competing 34/X34, which uses conventional roads, but as we reported back in April, there’s still little reference to this in the branding or publicity material.

Vantage rear

What else happened in April?

  • Phil Sayer, the voice of many of the UK’s railway station tannoy announcements, sadly passed away
  • The first of 10 Stadler class 88 electro-diesel locomotives for the UK began testing

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