Passengers in Salford will soon be able to jump onboard a new high frequency ‘green’ bus, running between Salford Crescent Railway Station and MediaCityUK.
Councillors from Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) approved the awarding of an initial 12-month contract for a new bus link in the area, with an option to extend up to a maximum of eight years.
The low carbon service will run on a new eco-fleet of four hybrid-electric buses and will operate a 10-minute service on weekdays and a 15-minute service in the evenings and at weekends.
Councillor Ian Macdonald, Chair of GMITA, said: “MediaCityUK is an exciting innovation hub in Salford Quays, which will open up new employment, education, leisure, and residential opportunities.
“Linking into the rail and Metrolink networks, the new bus service will play an important role in the development of this creative centre, providing a quick and accessible service between Salford Quays, MediaCityUK, Salford Shopping City and Salford Crescent Railway Station.”
Leader of Salford City Council, Councillor John Merry CBE said: “We’ve always been committed to making MediaCityUK and its benefits accessible to local people.
“Salford Shopping City is the busiest bus terminal in the city and with the Crescent station connecting people to rail networks, this new service will be a crucial transport link to MediaCityUK for communities and those further afield.”
University of Salford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, said: “The University is proud to support this new route which will link the area around our campus with our new facility at MediaCityUK for the benefit of our staff, students and the local community.
“MediaCityUK is a critical development for the city and better transport links to all areas of Salford will help to maximise its potential for the whole community.”
Developed by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) in conjunction with Salford Council and the University of Salford, the service will begin in May, when the BBC’s new regional base will start to be occupied.