Doing Busses Differently

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Greater Manchester has an ambition for a truly integrated public transport system, Our Network, to make getting around the city-region easy, accessible and affordable.

Buses will be central to Our Network. They are a vital part of Greater Manchester’s transport system, with 75% of public transport journeys – both before and during the pandemic – made by bus. For many, especially in our poorer and most vulnerable communities, they are a critical link to jobs and essential services.

Currently, the bus companies decide the routes, frequencies, fares and standards. There is no coordination and limited oversight. Where bus companies decide not to run services and where necessary, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps.

Franchising means bus services would be brought under local control. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) would coordinate and invest in the bus network, while the bus operators would be contracted to run the services.

Between October 2019 and January 2020, GMCA held a consultation on a proposed franchising scheme for the city-region’s buses. Over 8,500 of you gave us your views, with eight out of ten respondents who answered the relevant question supporting the proposed franchising scheme.

GMCA is consulting on the proposed franchising scheme in the light of the findings of the Covid-19 Impact Report.


You can read all of the information and have your say by clicking here


Greater Manchester has an ambition for a truly integrated public transport system, Our Network, to make getting around the city-region easy, accessible and affordable.

Buses will be central to Our Network. They are a vital part of Greater Manchester’s transport system, with 75% of public transport journeys – both before and during the pandemic – made by bus. For many, especially in our poorer and most vulnerable communities, they are a critical link to jobs and essential services.

Currently, the bus companies decide the routes, frequencies, fares and standards. There is no coordination and limited oversight. Where bus companies decide not to run services and where necessary, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps.

Franchising means bus services would be brought under local control. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) would coordinate and invest in the bus network, while the bus operators would be contracted to run the services.

Between October 2019 and January 2020, GMCA held a consultation on a proposed franchising scheme for the city-region’s buses. Over 8,500 of you gave us your views, with eight out of ten respondents who answered the relevant question supporting the proposed franchising scheme.

GMCA is consulting on the proposed franchising scheme in the light of the findings of the Covid-19 Impact Report.


You can read all of the information and have your say by clicking here