Manchester bus fares: what changes do you want to see under a new franchised system?

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We asked the people of Manchester for their thoughts on Mayor Andy Burnham’s plans to bring in bus franchising.

Recently, the courts have found in favour of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the city-region’s authorities over its radical plans for reforming public transport by bringing buses back under public control.

Mr Burnham announced adult fares for single journeys will be capped at £2 and £1 for children under the new system, in which all buses will be one uniform colour.

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The first phase of the new franchising scheme is set to start in Wigan and Bolton by autumn 2023 and rolled out to the rest of the city-region in 2024.

Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and areas of north Manchester will then follow in spring 2024.

And finally Stockport, Trafford, Tameside, south Manchester and the remaining parts of Salford will have franchised buses running by the end of 2024.

However, operator Rotala has since launched an appeal against the court ruling which could affect the roll-out.

We asked the people of Manchester whether they agree with the new franchising plans and what they think of Greater Manchester’s transport network.

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