Time to have your say on how your buses are run

A consultation in to how buses in Greater Manchester are run is still open for residents to have their say

Time to have your say on how your buses are run

More than 2,500 responses have been received at the halfway point in a major consultation on how Greater Manchester’s buses should be run.

While thousands of responses have been received, there’s still time for people from across the city-region and beyond to have their say in the consultation, which runs until midnight Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

People can submit responses by email to gmbusconsultation@ipsos-mori.com, by written questionnaire posted to “Freepost GM BUS CONSULTATION”, or can visit gmconsult.org to find out more and complete an online questionnaire.

Currently in Greater Manchester, individual bus companies decide their own routes, timetables, tickets and standards. In areas they don’t run, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps in the market where it can.

In October, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) became the first city-region in the UK to launch a public consultation on a proposed bus franchising scheme.

This would mean that bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and GMCA would set the routes, timetables, tickets and standards, while the bus operators would run the services.

This would allow buses to work better with the rest of public transport – as part of Our Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.

GMCA wants to hear your views as part of their public consultation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular bus passenger or rarely use the buses, everyone’s views are important and will inform a future decision on how your buses are run.

It’s time to have your say before Wednesday, January 8 at www.gmconsult.org

If you need to respond in a different way, or require the consultation materials in a different format, please contact gmbusconsultation@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk or call 0161 244 1100 to discuss your requirements.