Please see below a recent press release put out by Greater Manchester Combined Authority concerning a major GM Bus consultation that is currently running.
Yvonne Wright, Iain Gartside and Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington Ward (Comprising Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside)
Buses are vital for Greater Manchester. They’re used for three-out-of-four public transport journeys and thousands of us depend on them to get to work, the shops or services like our local GP.
Buses also help reduce the number of cars on our roads, this means less congestion and less pollution.
But bus use is falling.
Currently, in Greater Manchester, individual bus companies decide their own routes, frequencies, tickets and standards. In areas they don’t run, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps in the market where it can.
It’s hard to make our buses work together, or with other kinds of public transport, and the fares and tickets available can be confusing.
Buses can be improved and Greater Manchester now has a chance to do buses differently.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority 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 – like the way buses are run in London and some other major cities around the world. GMCA would set the routes, frequencies, tickets and standards, while the bus operators would run the services.
This would allow buses to work better with the rest of our public transport – as part of Our Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.
As a part of the legal process GMCA is consulting with the public, businesses and organisations to get their views. As a concessionary passholder we want to ensure that you are aware of the consultation and have the opportunity to take part.
Please note that the consultation is on how Greater Manchester’s buses could be run and the outcome will not affect your concessionary pass.
You can find out more information at www.gmconsult.org where can complete an online questionnaire.
Alternatively, you can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to FREEPOST GM Bus Consultation.
The consultation ends at midnight Wednesday 8 January 2020.
If you need to respond in a different way, or require the consultation materials in a different format, please contact email@example.com or call 0161 244 1100 to discuss your requirements.