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NEW BUS FROM SALFORD TO MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 7th February 2011 

NEW BUS TO MEDIACITYUK TO BE UNVEILED 

A new bus between Salford Crescent Rail Station and MediaCityUK is to be launched which will be free for students and £1 for everyone else.

Papers from the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority reveal that the operation of the bus service was based on data on "student movements" and the needs of "BBC staff", while there's no mention of Salford's community needs – even though Salford City Council is paying the majority of the costs.

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After `Kickstart' funding for a new bus service between The Crescent and Salford Quays got pulled by the ConDem Government, it will be announced shortly that there will be a new MediaCityUK bus in operation by May this year.

While the Government pulled the funding for the costs of running the bus, it has paid £330,000 from its Green Bus Fund towards buying the actual vehicles. And there will be four of them shuttling between Salford Crescent train station and MediaCityUK, every ten minutes during the week (Mon-Fri 7am-8pm) and every 15 minutes at weekends and evenings (8-11pm). The fare is to be £1 (50p cons), £1.60 return (80p cons), and a week ticket at £6. Similar shuttle buses around Manchester are free.

Students will get free travel on the bus, with the University of Salford committing a "fixed amount" towards the costs. GMPTE is paying 25% of the "gross costs", while Salford City Council is funding the rest.

Despite Salford council tax payers covering the majority of the costs for the bus service, the community doesn't seem to have figured in the plans. Papers from the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority state that "Data on student movements from the University of Salford and a Travel Survey of BBC Manchester and London staff was used to assist with the evaluation of the options and confirm an appropriate level of service".

The new shuttle bus service is set to be approved this Friday, 11th February.

MediaCityUK photo by Jemma Cooper

 


 

Disappointed wrote
at 06:08:47 on 07 September 2011
Can't believe the tone of this article. The amount that the newcomers to the area - students, BBC - spend will be great for the local economy. The fact that you are moaning about it shows what a backward, narrow-minded place this is. Also unnecessarily creating tension between locals and newcomers. Caveman attitude.
 
Scotty wrote
at 16:22:50 on 16 February 2011
I must have missed the part where nobody from the 'Salford community' was allowed to get on these buses. There are plenty of things wrong with how the council operates, how regeneration has not shared the wealth around and how canny investigation from the Salford Star has uncovered hypocrisy, but this isn't one of them. 'How many students are from the local area?' Is it any wonder they don't ever want to integrate into 'proper Salford' when the 'local people' are so unwelcoming? The shuttle buses in Manchester are paid for by NCP car parks as part of the deal that Manchester City Council got when they sold off the municipal car parks. The 'Salford community' don't pay anything towards them but are free to use them.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 16:56:14 on 08 February 2011
Hold On, New Buses for the Glass Palace on the Quays? Does this mean they don't like the Nice Tramline thats been laid on for them ?(and added an average 10 mins on my journey to Eccles!!)
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 16:56:07 on 08 February 2011
A couple of comments here that sum up the attitude of some people. Rob, you must be a true humanitarian with such a caring outlook. Laura, at a time when bus routes are being abandoned and/or rerouted the Salford Star is right to highlight this latest example of the Council's disregard for the people it purports to represent. Furthermore when the rest of the city's bus routes, to more important sites such as Hope Hospital for example, are not subsidised the route to Mediacity is. Can you not see the problem some of us might have with it now?
 
Tickle wrote
at 20:39:33 on 07 February 2011
Just wait, my stretchy arms will find you eventually...
 
jim devine wrote
at 19:05:51 on 07 February 2011
Thats a couple of Tickles and im still not laughing !!!!
 
debbie wrote
at 17:11:38 on 07 February 2011
Ooops silly me for being concerned about people who are not as advantaged in being in good health, i will slap myself later!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Tickle wrote
at 17:11:23 on 07 February 2011
Sorry, I went a bit overboard with the hate of 'other' part, not expressing what I mean very well - that the us and them attitude is a bit much.
 
UoS wrote
at 16:13:18 on 07 February 2011
Rob/Laura - I think the essence of the complaint is that BBC boffins (a good number of whom won't be living in Salford, and indeed a good number of whom are being 'shipped in' from London) and the students who are likely to be the almost sole beneficiaries of this "improvement" in public transport are not actually contributing to the money that Salford City Council are spending. Students are exempt from Council Tax and BBC Boffins (who will undoubtedly end up being based in Manchester) will be paying their Council Taxes to another local authority. In effect, the normal working people of Salford who are not the beneficiaries of this expenditure are paying for it in order to subsidise the activities of scholars and professions among whom they are unlikely to mix or be a part. There is no 'high horse' element to this observation - it is taking from the poor to provide for the wealthy/educated.
 
Tickle wrote
at 16:12:35 on 07 February 2011
Students and BBC workers not part of the community? You just can't hide your hate of anyone you see as 'other' can you? How many students at the Uni do you think are actually from the local area? Are your expectations so low that you don't think anyone from the area will be working at the BBC? Really sad. I get the feeling that the powers that be in Salford could bend over backwards and you would never, ever be happy with what they do. This blinkered, permanently negative attitude is depressing and does not do the people you claim to speak for any good at all - it just makes them feel like victims.
 
Laura wrote
at 14:32:39 on 07 February 2011
Salford Star-complaining regarding public transportation in Salford, now complaining when public transport is improved, if only in this case, for those needing to get to mediacity.
 
Rob wrote
at 11:57:18 on 07 February 2011
Salford Star - get off your high horse! Salford stuidents and the people who work at the Quays (not just BBC staff) are all part of the Salford Community. And Debbie - what do you suggest? Rerouting the bus so it goes past every disabled person's house? How do people who have difficulty walking normally get to the bus stop?
 
UoS wrote
at 11:56:58 on 07 February 2011
Why aren't the BBC contributing anything?
 
debbie wrote
at 09:30:12 on 07 February 2011
And how are people who have difficulty walking supposed to get to the crescent
 
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