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Up to ten large contracts in TfGM’s bus franchising model


Andrew Forster
11 May 2018
Greater Manchester: TfGM would lease depots to operators
Greater Manchester: TfGM would lease depots to operators


Greater Manchester’s bus network could be split into five to ten large franchises, complemented by as many as 25 smaller ones, under proposals being studied by Labour mayor Andy Burnham.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) detailed thinking on how a bus franchising system would work is set out in a questionnaire that has just been sent  to 35 local, national and international bus operators.

No decision has yet been made to move to a franchising system and talks about an...

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