Salford Council has been criticised after details emerged it has agreed to pay £220,000 to save a high-speed bus route to the BBC’s new HQ at MediaCity.
The route looked dead when government officials removed a £380,000 grant, but Salford council have stepped in, despite being told to lose 800 jobs and remove £47m from its budget due to Treasury cuts.
The council will pay £220,000 towards the route, with transport chiefs and Salford University covering the remainder. It is believed the council want to open up access to MediaCity locations to local people, but critics say it will only benefit BBC employees moving to the area.
Steven North, secretary of Salford Against The Cuts told the Manchester Evening News: "It is disappointing. In addition to cuts at Salford council, they are now expecting the people of Salford to fork out for a service that’s going to be used to bus MediaCity employees."
John Merry, leader of Salford council, said: "The government’s decision to cut the funding for the bus route was a major setback. We’ve always been committed to making MediaCity accessible to local people."