Night Buses in Manchester to Have On-Board Security Presence

Night Buses in Manchester to Have On-Board Security Presence

Night buses in Manchester will have an on-board security presence when a pilot launches this summer, Mayor Andy Burnham confirmed on Friday.

Earlier this week, Burnham announced hourly night services on two routes – V1 from Manchester Royal Infirmary to Leigh, and 36 from Piccadilly Gardens to Bolton via Farnworth. Operational details are still being finalized for the pilot starting in summer after talks with operators and unions.

Speaking at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) meeting, Burnham revealed the night buses will have security on board to ensure passenger safety.

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This provision was welcomed by Salford Mayor Paul Dennett, as drivers and unions had voiced concerns about security on late buses. Dennett said it could incentivize greater night bus usage.

The pilot aims to eventually restore a significant night bus network in the region. It comes after GMCA’s Bee Network Committee approved millions in funding to improve bus network pinch points and target areas of delay or poor reliability. The upgrades span nine boroughs except Rochdale.

With security presence and infrastructure improvements, Greater Manchester leaders hope to boost reliability and safety of the expanding night transportation network.

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