Transport for Greater Manchester has asked bus operators to agree to a revised protocol in exchange for payments during the Covid-19 pandemic.
TfGM wrote to operators on 27 March asking them to agree to 11 conditions (LTT 03 Apr). LTT understands it withdrew the proposal in early April.
On 24 April, however, TfGM chief executive Eamonn Boylan wrote again to operators, this time asking them to agree to a seven-point protocol for collaborative working. In return, TfGM says it will pay English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, local concessions (excluding ‘Our Pass’), tendered services, and scholars pass payments at pre-Covid-19 levels.
Operators are angry at TfGM’s decision to make reimbursement payments for Our Pass holders, its scheme for 16-18 year olds, on the basis of actual levels of patronage.
Julian Peddle, a director of D&G Buses, who criticised TfGM’s first proposed set of conditions, said this week: “You really do have to be naive to expect operators to welcome an agreement mandating ‘collaborative working’ when they have neither seen the document nor had the opportunity to comment.”
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