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‘Franchising will cost taxpayers millions’

13 September 2019
 

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s plan for bus franchising will result in higher costs for taxpayers, says a report for the conurbation’s bus operators. 

The OneBus collective of operators commissioned the TAS Partnership to assess the cost implications of a franchise model.  

TAS says operating costs would rise if there was more ‘dead running’ as buses travelled longer distances from their depot to service contracts. There would also be extra costs in...

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