Doing Buses Differently – Proposed Franchising Scheme for Greater Manchester – Have Your Say!

Doing Buses Differently

Greater Manchester is the first city-region to consult on a proposed bus franchising scheme.

Currently in Greater Manchester, individual bus operators decide their own routes, timetables, tickets and standards. In areas they don’t run, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps in the market where it can.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is proposing a franchising scheme for the whole of Greater Manchester. This would mean that bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and they would decide which services would be provided. GMCA would set the routes, timetables, tickets and standards, while the bus operators would run the services.

This would allow buses to work better with the rest of public transport – as part of Our Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system. GMCA are now consulting on the proposed franchising scheme so you can share your views.

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Published: 4th December 2019