2,500 get on board for bus de­bate

TOWN HALL BOSS URGES MORE TO HAVE ‘ONCE IN A GEN­ER­A­TION’ SAY ON WHO CON­TROLS NET­WORK

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALICE RICHARD­SON news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

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.

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