Flexible service meets shift patterns

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has worked with developer Harworth Estates and local councils in Bolton, Salford and Wigan to launch ‘Logistics North Link’, a daily flexible bus service to help more people get to work.

Anyone living in the local service area – covering parts of Bolton, Wigan and Salford – can book a journey to travel to Logistics North

The shared transport service, which started on 18 April, runs to the Logistics North development, off the A6 near Farnworth, a key strategic employment site for Greater Manchester as well as Bolton.

Anyone living in the local service area – covering parts of Bolton, Wigan and Salford – can book a journey to travel to Logistics North from their home or another nearby convenient location.

People register once and can then book journeys online or by phone for up to one week before, with just an hour’s notice needed.

For people travelling from outside the area, pick-ups for the shared service can also be booked for journeys from local bus and rail stations, including Bolton and Farnworth bus stations and seven local train stations.

The service meets start and finish shift times, from 0500-0900hrs, 1400-1800hrs and 1900-0130hrs. The fares range from £1, and include concessions, four-day and weekly tickets.

Howard Hartley, TfGM Head of Bus, says: “Logistics North Link is designed to meet people’s individual travel needs and couldn’t be easier to use.

“Transport is a key factor when considering new employment opportunities, and we expect Logistics North Link to play a key role in the success of this major industrial development.

“By providing an affordable, sustainable way to connect local people to jobs we also aim to keep polluting car journeys off the road.”

Providing up to 3.5 million square feet of office, manufacturing and warehousing floor space, Logistics North is expected to deliver around 7,750 permanent jobs.

Aldi has relocated its Regional Distribution Centre there and MBDA and JoyGlobal will also soon be on site.

TfGM’s Travel Choices team will be visiting major employers both before and after they move to Logistics North and engaging with local recruitment agencies to promote the service and encourage public transport use to the site.

Developer of Logistics North, Harworth Estates, has provided funding to Bolton Council to support this new service.

Full details of the Logistics North Link including fares and concessions are at http://www.tfgm.com/buses/local_link/