Shuttle buses a step closer

August 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Rochdale's Finance Boss Councillor Greg CouncillorFree shuttle buses in Rochdale are a step closer in Rochdale after transport bosses advertised the tenders for operators to run free shuttle buses in the town. Transport bosses have stressed that this does not guarantee the service. The deadline for expressions of interest is this Friday and the advert taken out in the Official Journal of the European Union is expected to attract significant interest.

Councillor Greg Couzens, Cabinet Member for Finance said: "The Council have been exploring potential routes for some time. It is clear that there is a need to improve public transport from the Railway Station, through to our town centre and new sixth form college. Our council are looking at the viability of this service and looking at bringing in partners like the Primary Care Trust, Asda and other organisations. Once a preferred transport operator is selected, we can move discussions on and have a clearer idea of the revenue needed. This is something that will really benefit our town and we will be working hard to achieve this."

MP Paul Rowen said: "Metrolink is not due to completed into the heart of Rochdale for another 6 years. What we need to do urgently is improve mobility and these shuttle buses will certainly do that. Shuttle buses have been hugely successful in places like Manchester and Stockport and have helped the elderly and disabled get around. This latest move by transport bosses will speed the process up and I hope to see this scheme coming to our town as soon as possible. Shuttle buses will also support existing traders by improving footfall in our Town Centre. I believe traders will welcome this with open arms."