The consultation on Greater Manchester’s proposed bus franchising scheme has closed after receiving over 8000 responses since opening in October 2019.
Market research agency Ipsos MORI is analysing the responses from businesses and members of the public on the proposed changes to the bus network. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) wants to take greater control over bus routes, frequencies, tickets and standards in the city-region, similar to how services are managed in London. The proposed changes have been met with fierce opposition by current bus operators.
A report on the bus consultation is due to be published in the coming months, ahead of a decision on the proposed changes by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham in March 2020. The proposals form part of GMCA’s plans for a more joined-up transport system in Greater Manchester.
Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Sir Richard Leese said:
“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to understand the proposals and respond to the consultation. Throughout this consultation we have met and spoken to people who are passionate about their local bus services and who understand how vital they are for local communities. It will be their views that help shape the future of Greater Manchester’s bus network.
“The responses are now being analysed and then they will be reported back to GMCA before the Mayor makes the final decision. We will make sure that we keep everyone informed on the progress of this process at every step of the way.”