Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s Quality Partnership Gamble

Could £142m ten-year partnership proposal be a last gasp attempt to derail bus franchising in Greater Manchester?

With only weeks to go till Andy Burnham makes his decision on the future of Greater Manchester’s bus network, Stagecoach Greater Manchester have come up with proposals for a £142 million partnership scheme. Published today, the City Region’s biggest bus operator has suggested a plan where Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s profits could be shared with Transport for Greater Manchester.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

The Shape of Bus Fares Before and During Franchised Bus Operations

The state of Greater Manchester’s bus fares before and during franchised bus operations

Greater Manchester has over thirty different bus operators. At present, this means over thirty different fare tables. Over sixty should you count half fares within the City Region. Once you get into cross-boundary operations, there are two or more sets of concessionary fares to deal with. The 358 route has three sets of concessionary fares: Cheshire East and Derbyshire rates as well as TfGM’s fares.

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Greater Manchester Bus Franchising: The Infographic

East of the M60‘s exclusive infographic on how bus franchising could take shape in Greater Manchester

At this time of writing, we only have four days left of 2019. For the people of Greater Manchester, there is less than a fortnight to go till we hit the deadline for GMCA’s Bus Franchising Consultation.

Outside London, the United Kingdom is pretty much alone in having a deregulated bus network. Bus franchising or publicly owned buses is the norm around the world. In the USA as well as the former Soviet Union republics, EU Member States and Asia.

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Put This On a Badge! The Better Buses Badge Making Experience

Show some love for your local bus route in a crafty way

Within a week of the launch of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Bus Franchising consultation, there has been several activities to advance the case for London-style bus franchising. Since this summer, Better Buses For Greater Manchester have stated their case with accountability and improved services a main advantage.

Earlier this afternoon was the Better Buses Badge Making activity at Manchester Art Gallery, which fell on the same day as the Transpo 50 bus cavalcade. From 1pm to 4pm, anyone with a passion for franchised bus networks – or a given route – made felt badges.

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