A vital transport link to Bolton’s Logistics North industrial estate has been extended to help shift workers.
Shared transport services Logistics North Local Link has extended start times following discussion with major employer Aldi, with the first trip now running from 4am to meet the 5am early morning shift.
The afternoon service has also been extended to run one hour earlier from 1pm.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) worked with Bolton Council and developer Harworth Estates to launch the flexible bus service in April this year to help more people reach employment.
Aldi is a major employer at the Logistics North development, off the A6 near Farnworth, which is a key strategic employment site for Greater Manchester as well as Bolton.
Providing up to 3.5 million square feet of office, manufacturing and warehousing floor space, Logistics North is expected to deliver around 7,750 permanent jobs.
Anyone living in the local service area – which covers parts of Bolton, Wigan and Salford – can book a journey to travel to Logistics North from their home or another nearby convenient location.
Councillor David Chadwick, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Special Projects, Transport and Skills, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to work with TfGM to extend the operation hours of this vital service.
“Logistics North is a £300 million industrial and retail development, and one of the largest of its kind in the north of England.
“Aldi’s distribution centre and other businesses opening there have created lots of jobs for residents. These opportunities have been opened up to those without a car because of Local Link.”
People simply need to register once and can then book journeys online or by phone for up to one week before, with just an hour’s notice needed.
For people travelling from outside the area, pickups for the shared service can also be booked for journeys from local bus and train stations, including Bolton and Farnworth Bus Stations and seven local train stations.
Councillor Guy Harkin, Deputy Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “I’m pleased to see TfGM responding to passenger requests to run earlier services.
“Logistics North Local Link is easy to use and has been designed to meet people’s individual travel needs so it’s fitting it has been adapted in line with demand.
“The service offers an affordable, convenient and sustainable way to get to work without the need to drive, taking car journeys off local roads. It’s great that more people will now be able to use it.”
Aldi relocated its Regional Distribution Centre to Logistics North and has recently taken on more employees.
A spokesperson for Aldi said: “The new bus service has been hugely beneficial. It supports various shift times and allows our employees to get to and from work quickly and easily.
“Aldi is recruiting for additional logistics roles in Bolton and the convenient bus schedule is a key attraction for potential employees."
The service runs every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day) to meet start and finish shift times, from 4am to 9am, 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to 1.30am.
A range of affordable fares include concessions, singles and money saving return, 4-day and weekly tickets.
Customers can buy tickets from the driver or on their smartphones using the get me there app. Full service details are available at www.tfgm.com/locallink.
Full details of the Logistics North Link including fares and concessions are available at www.tfgm.com/locallink or by calling 0161 200 6012, where people can also register to use the service and book journeys.
Lines open 7am–8pm Mon to Fri, 8am–8pm Sat, Sun and public holidays. Lines are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.