Chris Ames 26 March 2021

Burnham takes back control with bus franchising

Burnham takes back control with bus franchising image

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has confirmed that he plans to implement bus franchising in the city region ‘as part of plans for a joined-up and truly passenger-focused transport network’.

Transport for Greater Manchester, which is part of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) led by Mr Burnham, said the city-region will be the first outside London to have buses that are under local control, ‘allowing local leaders to set routes, frequencies, fares and tickets’.

By the end of 2025, it said this will allow GMCA to fully integrate buses with the rest of the transport network, 'as part of a passenger-focused network with easy end-to-end journeys'.

Mr Burnham, said: 'Public transport is essential for any successful city-region, and our buses are the backbone of Greater Manchester’s transport network. As Greater Manchester recovers from the pandemic and grows in the future, we must develop our public transport network, alongside walking and cycling, to support the increasing number of journeys we will all be making.

‘Bringing buses into local control will be the biggest change to Greater Manchester’s buses since de-regulation in 1986. But as with all change for the better, it will take time; it won’t happen overnight and we are just at the start of our journey.’

TfGM said that to ensure a smooth transition, franchising will be introduced in phases, with the first franchised buses starting to run in Bolton and Wigan in early 2023 and the move to a fully franchised system across the whole of Greater Manchester by the end of 2025.

It said that in the period up to full transition, GMCA and TfGM will work with central government and bus operators to plan and improve services.

Centre for Cities chief executive Andrew Carter said: ‘The decision to franchise Greater Manchester’s buses is a significant step forward for the city. We would expect it to bring cheaper fares, more routes and better buses, as it has done in London – the only other city in the UK where the mayor runs buses in a similar way.

‘Bus franchising will also be good for Greater Manchester’s economy and air quality. Better public transport means fewer people need to drive, reducing transport congestion and air pollution. Other cities should follow Greater Manchester’s plans.’

This article first appeared on Transport Network

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Youth Offending Team Officer (Qualified)

Leicestershire County Council
£33,558
Within the principle aims of preventing offending by children and young people. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Communications Manager (Improvement Journey)

Lancashire County Council
£34,373-£39,579
Lancashire County Council is changing... Could you be part of our journey? Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Legal Caseworker (Children and Education) - 12 months duration

Essex County Council
£19867 - £23374 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Please note that interview will take place on the 24th August 2022. As an Anywhere (hybrid) Worker, your role will have a ECC base location, as sho England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Volunteer Services Officer

Lancashire County Council
£22,129-£25,927
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP) was set up in 2016 as a gateway into public volunteer services. Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Planning Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£32,868 - £36,579
Your work and advice will help us to put local people at the heart of everything we do. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.