First Greater Manchester’s Southern Swoop Sealed

OFT clearance for acquisition of Finglands Coachways confirmed

Volvo B9TL, Finglands YX08 FWF, Stockport bus station
In about three weeks time, the Volvo B9TLs you are likely to see on Finglands’ routes will be seen in FirstGroup’s Olympia livery.

How long did it take for the Office of Fair Trading to sort this out? A fair number of South Manchester’s bus users and many a bus enthusiast had a sneaky feeling that FirstGroup’s approach for Finglands would be successful. Today, this was confirmed by the OFT.

First Greater Manchester’s acquisition will include 100 employees and the lease of its Wilmslow Road garage. Its 41 vehicles wont be affected by the fee; these vehicles may be redeployed on other routes owned by East Yorkshire Motor Services. Of late, Finglands have sold their coach services to Bullocks, Cheadle.

For regular services, First Greater Manchester’s own vehicles will supplant the outgoing fleet. If anything, their acquisition will offer potential as a new operational base for its 18 and 53 services. FirstGroup buses will be seen in Altrincham for the first time since the 500 [Bolton – Manchester Airport] route’s withdrawal.

From the 09 February 2014, Finglands Coachways’ stage carriage services will be handed over to First Greater Manchester. This very Sunday will see the Oldham based operator running two 41 services.

S.V., 27 January 2014.

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