Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has announced that the region’s buses will be brought back into public control – it’s a victory for campaigners and a model the whole country should follow.
“On balance, it is in the public interest to make the proposed franchising scheme,” TfGM chief executive Eamonn Boylan told GM council leaders, as they gave the green light on re-franchising the city region’s buses.
Andy Burnham will now make the final decision on introducing a London-style franchise system.
Last week consultation began over the future of buses in Greater Manchester. Since deregulation in the 1980s bus usage has declined while prices have risen. Change is needed and there are two main options to choose from. Re-regulation in the form of franchising or a private bus company backed partnership model. This is the case […]
10 reasons why the bus companies’ partnership proposals will not ‘revolutionise’ our buses: we need regulation
Why do passengers and staff want a regulated network when £100 million has been offered for the alternative – partnerships? The fact that bus companies are suddenly offering a £100 million partnership package as an alternative to regulation shows just how great re-regulation of our buses is, and how much bus companies will do to […]
Campaign group Better Buses for Greater Manchester has organised a public meeting for next week, calling for GM Mayor Andy Burnham to choose a London-style system of publicly controlled regulated buses. The meeting is on Wednesday 6 February, 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the Manchester Art Gallery. Last week, Salford councillor Roger Jones estimated that, even if Greater […]
A bus surrounded by people with protest placards asking for more “affordable”, “reliable” and “accessible” buses was parked on Store Street in Manchester last Thursday, before transporting the campaigners to the city centre for tea and cake at the Greenfish Centre. The bus ride was organised by the Better Buses for Greater Manchester, a campaign […]
Andy Burnham slams Go North West bosses, promising that bus franchising will be ‘no race to the bottom’
Fire and re-hire has no place in Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said. Standing for re-election as Greater Manchester Mayor, on Wednesday he slammed the bosses of Go North West, currently in a ‘fire and re-hire’ dispute with bus drivers. Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I do not believe that the way in which this has been […]
The metro mayor said the “deregulated” bus network had “not been driven by the needs of our communities, but by bus operators’ responsibilities to their shareholders to make a profit… We can only change that and hold the decline if we bring the buses back under the control of the public.”
Manchester Central Foodbank’s Matthew Stallard looks at the city’s inequalities in plain view in Piccadilly Gardens and points the way to a redevelopment to address them.
There are five days left of the public consultation into Manchester’s monuments, statues and other public realm adornments. Katy Preen takes a look at what makes a monument and what matters in our public spaces and reports on the Manchester Histories public event to discuss the issues.