Community transport aids job growth in Greater Manchester (UK)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
A minibus commuter service for businesses in the Kingsway Business Park is being extended in the Manchester area.
First launched in February 2013, Kingsway Link is a community transport scheme that helps workers at businesses in the Kingsway Business Park get to work. It is now being extended to Shaw and Crompton, in the north-east of Greater Manchester, having received funding from the UK government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Using minibuses that can be booked like taxis to take users from their houses to work, the service runs seven days a week from five in the morning to eleven at night. Over 1100 journeys are made every month with the service, and the buses are fully wheelchair accessible.

Councillor Mark Aldred, Vice Chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said, “Kingsway Link has been a real success, providing thousands of essential journeys to local jobs since it re-launched earlier this year. It’s great news we’ve been able to extend the service to people living in Shaw – hopefully it will open up new job opportunities to people who can’t currently travel to Kingsway Business Park easily.”

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Country: 
United Kingdom
Topic: 
Transport for people with reduced mobility