Manchester’s Piccadilly bus station could be reduced in size as part of plans to transform the city centre. There are also concerns that buses could be pushed out of Piccadilly entirely.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has denied plans to reduce buses at Piccadillly despite Council leaders confirming there is consideration for the terminal downsizing and that there were no immediate plans to completely remove buses from Parker Street.
Parker Street next to Piccadilly Gardens, Primark and M&S has long been a terminus dedicated to bus services run by Greater Manchester’s ‘big three’ operators – Stagecoach, First and Arriva.
There is certainly a wish to reduce the number of buses at Parker Street and a conversation about this has been taking place for a while and plans are still far from being finalised.
Factor for the decisions been made include air quality which has had risen up the agenda and that buses had a ‘negative impact on the environment of the surrounding areas.
Details of the Manchester City Centre Transport Strategy up to 2040 are yet to be revealed for public consultation in 2019.
There is a strategy document outlining a vision for a bus-free Piccadilly Gardens. It said: “In the short term, the Council and GMPTE (now TfGM) want to see safe bus operations and a well-maintained waiting environment for passengers at the Parker Street (Piccadilly Gardens) bus facility.
“In the longer term, once alternative facilities have been identified and developed, the intention will be to gradually reduce and then to remove bus movements so as to improve the environment and enhance what has already been achieved in the wider Piccadilly Gardens area.”