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Doing Buses Differently – proposed franchising scheme for Greater Manchester – public drop-in

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are holding events across Greater Manchester so people can learn more about the consultation. There are two types of events:

  • Public Information Events – Where you can find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.
  • Public Drop Ins – Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

The consultation is about how we think buses in Greater Manchester should be run in the future and whether the proposed franchising scheme should be introduced. The consultation questions are about the proposed franchising scheme, which is how we propose bus franchising would work in practice.

Find out more at Doing Buses Differently – proposed franchising scheme for Greater Manchester

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.

But bus use is falling.

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.

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.

We are 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. We 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 our public transport – as part of Our Network– Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.

We are now consulting on the proposed franchising scheme so you can share your views.


Event Details

Location Hazel Grove Civic Hall Community Centre
Hazel Grove, SK7 4DF
Start Tuesday 5 Nov 2019 2:00pm
Finish Tuesday 5 Nov 2019 6:00pm

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