Advantage Manchester as the guided busway opens
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.
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