All Manchester’s 18 commercial bus operators come together

All 18 commercial bus companies in Greater Manchester have come together to launch OneBus, reaffirming their commitment to improving bus travel and positioning the bus as the primary choice for local commutes.

To mark the launch weekend, free travel on any Greater Manchester bus was available last weekend to holders of the Get Me There 16-18 Card.

OneBus is headed by CEO Gary Nolan: “The launch of OneBus unifies all Greater Manchester bus services under one brand identity and the common goal is to provide efficient, accessible and reliable bus services for everyone in the area, which staff play a pivotal part in delivering.  alt=”” src=”” style=”float:right” />

“Bus travel drives Greater Manchester’s economy, from commuters travelling to work every day, to shoppers fuelling High Streets across the county, so it’s important that as collective operators we come together to ensure we are continually assessing and improving our performance across the board.

“To reflect this commitment externally, passengers and the public will see OneBus logos displayed on the 1,500 buses operating daily throughout Greater Manchester.” 

“We realise we have some big issues to tackle in Greater Manchester such as working with local authorities to play our role in minimising congestion, ensuring our network delivers and safeguarding best value for passengers.

“Through OneBus we can reassure all of our stakeholders of our unified approach and commitment to best practice across the board.”

There are more than 200m bus journeys a year in Greater Manchester and buses account for around 80% of public transport journeys across the county.

Watchdog Transport Focus’ research shows that bus passenger satisfaction across Greater Manchester continues to rise with 86% being satisfied, up from 83% last year)

Transport Focus, User Director, David Sidebottom says: “OneBus represents a dedicated, industry-wide pledge to work in partnership to maximise the potential of bus travel.

“This can only be a positive move for passengers who will see the benefits of this partnership on the factors that matter most to them from ticketing and pricing, to air quality, security and customer experience on-board.”

Last year OneBus members recruited 17 new apprentices working in depots in roles including Mechanics, Electricians and Bodymakers and on buses across the network. OneBus is dedicated to developing new and emerging talent to ensure the successful future of the industry.

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