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Transport Focus response – impact of Covid-19 on Greater Manchester bus franchising plans

04 February 2021

Last year, we responded to Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s consultation on proposals for a bus franchising scheme. We have now responded to a second consultation on the impact of Covid-19 on the proposals.

Our key points:

  • From a passenger perspective the proposed scheme could still give the best outcome by offering more stability and a bigger ‘safety net’
  • There are concerns about the transition period and prospect for network deterioration, along with questions about how opportunities to support recovery partnerships can be put to best effect
  • Plans still lack clarity on addressing passengers’ priorities for improved reliability and punctuality
  • We reiterate the need for transport users to have a voice that is heard through independent, multi-modal representation.

Our response is below.

Transport Focus response - impact of Covid-19 on Greater Manchester bus franchising plans
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