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Paying for bus franchising in Greater Manchester

Councillor Mark Aldred, Chair, Greater Manchester Transport Committee, Manchester, M1
08 November 2019
 

In your 25 October issue, Julian Peddle put forward some eyebrow-raising claims about the estimated costs of the proposed bus franchising scheme for Greater Manchester (‘The £134m cost is just the start, and for what benefit?’). For clarity I want to set out the costs as outlined in the assessment.

Mr Peddle is correct that the forecast net transition costs up to 2024/25 are approximately £134.5m. This includes approximately £12.5m of increased costs relating...

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