New transport links open up Kingsway job opportunities

Date published: 05 October 2013

A popular transport service providing door-to-door links to job opportunities at Kingsway Business Park is to be extended to Shaw.

From Sunday 27 October people living in Shaw will be able to use Transport for Greater Manchester’s ‘Kingsway Link’.

‘Kingsway Link’ was one of the first community transport schemes to undergo major expansion with funding from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

The service relaunched in February this year and now over 1,100 journeys are made every month as people from Rochdale and Oldham travel to work at Kingsway Business Park.

The service runs seven days week and provides crucial transport links for shift workers, running from 5am to 11pm.

Councillor Mark Aldred, Vice Chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “Kingsway Link has been a real success, providing thousands of essential journeys to local jobs since it relaunched 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.

“We’ll be promoting the new service locally and through Job Centres and I’d encourage people to spread the word so as many people as possible can take advantage of this new transport link.”

Local Link uses minibuses that passengers can book in advance like a taxi and share with other passengers. The buses are fully accessible and include space for a wheelchair.​​​​​

It currently runs from Kirkholt, Newbold, Stoneyfield, Milkstone and Deeplish, Belfield, Balderstone, Castleton, Milnrow, Smallbridge, Buckley, High Crompton and Sholver.

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