Saturday 15 April 2023

Manchester City Centre Free Bus Service Route Extensions & Extended Operating Times

Manchester's free bus will operate throughout Manchester city centre on two routes and stop at train, Metrolink and bus stations

The free bus service in Manchester city centre will now run up until 10pm - and stop at more destinations.

The free buses - formerly called Metroshuttle - operate throughout Manchester city centre, stopping at train, Metrolink and bus stations as well as popular destinations such as Deansgate, Albert Square and King Street.

Services will now run even later in the city centre from Monday to Saturday, maintaining a ten minute frequency. .

Another new feature is an extended route to Salford Central station during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

The buses will also be getting a new look, and will feature a notable fact about Manchester as well as designs incorporating elements of Manchester’s rich heritage such as graphene, cotton, bees and music. Announcements will be made throughout the journeys pointing out places of interest.

Coun Mark Aldred, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “It provides a brilliant option for people to travel the last stage of their journey for free if they have used trains, trams or buses to get into the city centre – or simply for people to get about between one part of town and another if they are out shopping or simply having fun.”

Coun Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, planning and transport, said: “By connecting people to points of interest and other modes of transport across the city, it will lessen congestion and provide a great addition of environmentally friendly vehicles to our city.”

Greater Manchester night time economy adviser, Sacha Lord, said: “It’s fantastic to see public sector partners working together to extend this service, making it easier for people to access the amazing events and venues that form an important role in our night time economy.

“This is a really positive addition to our night time transport offer in Greater Manchester and most importantly, it’s free and accessible for all.”