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.