2,500 get on board for bus debate
TOWN HALL BOSS URGES MORE TO HAVE ‘ONCE IN A GENERATION’ SAY ON WHO CONTROLS NETWORK
THOUSANDS of people have had their say on how Greater Manchester’s bus network should be run.
More than 2,500 people have responded to the consultation on Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s website on whether the authority should set the routes, frequencies, tickets and standards by establishing a bus franchise. This would mean overall control of the service would lie with GMCA, while the bus operators would simply run the services.
The move, if approved, would mean bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and the aim is to make the bus work link more effectively with other public transport networks.
The consultation will remain open until January 8. Greater Manchester is the first city-region to make proposals for a bus franchising scheme.
Deputy Mayor Sir Richard Leese said: “Now is not the time for people to be silent or sit on their hands if they have strong views on how their buses should be run.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people to have their say on shaping the region’s bus market now and in the future.”
More than 20 public information and drop-in events have been held across Greater Manchester to give people more information about the proposals and there are more planned.
Once the consultation has ended, GMCA will publish a report giving its response and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, will then decide whether or not to bring in the franchising scheme.
People can email responses to gmbusconsulta[email protected]sos-mori. com, visit gmconsult.org to find out more and complete an online questionnaire or post a written questionnaire to Freepost GM BUS CONSULTATION.
You can email questions about the scheme and consultation to gmbusconsulta[email protected]manchesterca.gov.uk or call 0161 244 1100.