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Customers advised of public transport changes this weekend

Lee Howarth

Transport bosses are asking people to plan their travel in advance this weekend as scheduled improvement works result in changes to bus and tram services.

On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, the full length of the Leigh to Ellenbrook guided busway will be closed to enable improvement work to take place safely and efficiently.

This means that they’ll be no Vantage services operating on the busway between East Bond Street in Leigh and Newearth Road in Salford and Vantage V1 and V2 services will operate via local road diversion routes.

Alternative bus stops will be in use and their locations will be signed, however, the interchange on Astley Street in Tyldesley will remain open. Works will be complete to allow services to operate as usual in time for the first bus on the morning of Monday 23 October.

Also this weekend, Network Rail and Metrolink improvement works mean there will be changes affecting services on the Bury, Rochdale, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport lines as well as some city centre services. Bus replacement services will run during these times. For more information, click here.

TfGM’s Transport and Event Planning Lead, John Fryer, said: “Essential improvement work on the guided busway and Mosley Street tram track, together with Network Rail’s works, will mean significant changes to Vantage and some Metrolink services this weekend.

“To help minimise disruption and ensure a smoother journey our advice is to plan ahead, be prepared, and think about all your travel choices. Customers should allow extra time to complete their journey.

“We strongly advise that people check the TfGM and Metrolink websites for regular service updates and information, or follow @OfficialTfGM, @FirstManchester and @MCRMetrolink on Twitter.”

Greater Manchester is also expected to be very busy on the following weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October) with major sporting events, large participation runs, exhibitions and concerts scheduled to take place across a number of venues.