Go North West celebrates first year in operation

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Go North West (GNW) is celebrating its first year in operation in Manchester.

In a socially-distanced celebration with local businesses and key workers across the city, 12 colleagues were recognised with Queen’s birthday Honours and the unveiling of a giant card highlighting the team’s achievements.

The company took over operations of First Bus at Manchester’s Queens Road depot on 2 June 2019. Investments totalling over £3m were made to provide a more modern fleet, an increase of key services frequency, a number of new routes, and improvements in timekeeping, reliability, and bus interiors. Pre-coronavirus COVID-19, the company was operating 5% more miles than the previous year.

GNW says the changes have inspired passenger growth across the network.

Go North West Managing Director Nigel Featham says: “A strong public transport offering is vital to Manchester’s future, and the response to the improvements we are making has been encouraging. The team here, the engineers, the cleaners, the office staff and the drivers have all made such a tremendous effort to make a real difference for our customers, and I’m pleased to say that the city is already seeing these changes out there on the road.”