Manchester bus franchising will come at extra cost

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Greater Manchester’s bus franchising plans needs ongoing subsidy. Will the taxpayers have to fork out?
 

Last week the Department for Transport (DfT) published its quarterly bus statistics. Once again it showed a decline in passenger journeys, including in all metropolitan areas except the West Midlands. That reminded me of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s plans for franchising.

As I recall from its consultation paper, the Authority acknowledged that franchising in itself won’t halt this on-going decline in patronage.

So, I made a few enquiries of those in the know and asked if the Authority’s . . .

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