Lancashire firm's Manchester bus radio deal

Lancashire-based TES Wireless Communications Solutions is to provide secure wireless communications to First Manchester's new fleet of guided buses.

The robust and secure radio systems will enable First Manchester to enhance both passenger and driver security.

The system provides prioritised communications during emergencies and unlike the mobile network wouldn’t be switched off, or suffer network outage or patchy coverage.

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In April the new buses are set to provide fast and reliable connections to communities on a 14-mile route linking Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester.

The new low-emission hybrid buses promise a superior travel experience, with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, on-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements and USB charging points.

Along the route, Busway services will run on a congestion-free 4.5 mile guided section linking Leigh and Ellenbrook, giving passengers improvements in service reliability and journey time savings.

Keith Edwards, the Managing Director of Leyland-based TES Wireless Communications Solutions, said: “We’re very proud to be providing communications systems to these modern, quick and comfortable state-of-the-art buses.

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“Passengers can be also reassured that the buses operate a secure and robust wireless communications system, that allows the cab to be in constant contact with controllers,” added Mr 

TES has previously provided wireless communications solutions to transport networks including Manchester Metrolink, Metro do Porto, National Express Midland Metro and the London Underground.