Doing Buses Differently - proposed franchising scheme for Greater Manchester

Closes 8 Jan 2020

Opened 14 Oct 2019

Overview

Greater Manchester is the first city-region to consult on a proposed bus franchising scheme.

 

Buses are vital for Greater Manchester. They’re used for three-out-of-four public transport journeys and thousands of us depend on them to get to work, the shops or services like our local GP.

But bus use is falling. 

Currently in Greater Manchester, individual bus operators 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.

It’s hard to make our buses work together, or with other kinds of public transport, and the fares and tickets available can be confusing.

Buses can be improved and Greater Manchester now has a chance to do buses differently.

We are proposing a franchising scheme for the whole of Greater Manchester.

This would mean that bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and they would decide which services would be provided - like the way buses are run in London and some other major cities around the world. We 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 our public transport – as part of Our Network– Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.

We are now consulting on the proposed franchising scheme so you can share your views.

Why We Are Consulting

CONSULTATION DOCUMENT
ASSESSMENT
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
WHERE TO FIND PHYSICAL REFERENCE COPIES

The consultation is about how we think buses in Greater Manchester should be run in the future and whether the proposed franchising scheme should be introduced. The consultation questions are about the proposed franchising scheme, which is how we propose bus franchising would work in practice.

There are a number of ways that people can take part in the consultation. You can chose to complete the short or long questionnaire. You do not have to respond to every question. Or if you'd prefer, you can decide to send an email or letter with your comments instead.

Responses will be accepted through the following channels:

  • Complete and submit a questionnaire below.
  • Email a completed questionnaire or your comments to gmbusconsultation@ipsos-mori.com
  • Post a completed questionnaire or your comments to Freepost GM BUS CONSULTATION
  • Questionnaires are available in public buildings throughout Greater Manchester or can be downloaded.

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.

We are holding events across Greater Manchester so people can learn more about the consultation. They are listed below in date order. There are two types of events:

  • Public Information Events - Where you can find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.
  • Public Drop Ins - Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

 

Events

  • BURY - Mill Gate Shopping Centre

    From 16 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 16 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Mill Gate Shopping Centre, Clerke St Bury BL9 0PN

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • WIGAN - Grand Arcade Shopping Centre

    From 17 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 17 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, 23 Crompton St, Wigan WN1 1BH

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TRAFFORD - Trafford Centre

    From 18 Oct 2019 at 10:00 to 18 Oct 2019 at 22:00

    Public Information Event

    Trafford Centre, The Orient, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TAMESIDE - The Arcades Shopping Centre

    From 19 Oct 2019 at 08:30 to 19 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    The Arcades Shopping Centre, Warrington St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7JE

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • ROCHDALE - Exchange Shopping Centre

    From 21 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 21 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Exchange Shopping Centre, Newgate, Rochdale OL16 1YL

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TAMESIDE - Hattersley Library

    From 21 Oct 2019 at 13:00 to 21 Oct 2019 at 17:00

    Public Drop-in

    Hattersley Library, The Hub, Stockport Rd, Mottram in Longdendale, Hyde SK14 6NT

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • BOLTON - Bolton Marketplace Shopping Centre

    From 22 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 22 Oct 2019 at 18:00

    Public Information Event

    Bolton Marketplace, Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AL

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • MANCHESTER - Withington Library

    From 22 Oct 2019 at 14:00 to 22 Oct 2019 at 18:00

    Public Drop-in

    Withington Library, 410 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 3BD

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • OLDHAM - Spindles Shopping Centre

    From 23 Oct 2019 at 07:00 to 23 Oct 2019 at 18:30

    Public Information Event

    Spindles Shopping Centre, 50 The Management Suite, George St, Oldham OL1 1HD

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • SALFORD - Salford Shopping Centre

    From 24 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 24 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Salford Shopping Centre M6 5JA

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TRAFFORD - Stretford Library

    From 24 Oct 2019 at 15:00 to 24 Oct 2019 at 18:00

    Public Drop-in

    Stretford Library, Bennett St, Stretford, Manchester M32 8A

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • MANCHESTER - Arndale Shopping Centre

    From 25 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 25 Oct 2019 at 19:00

    Public Information Event

    Unit L12 New Cannon Street Mall Arndale Shopping Centre, Manchester M4 3AQ

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • STOCKPORT - Merseyway Shopping Centre

    From 26 Oct 2019 at 09:00 to 26 Oct 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Merseyway Shopping Centre, 52-54 Great Underbank, Stockport SK1 1PD

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • WIGAN - Ince Community Centre

    From 29 Oct 2019 at 15:00 to 29 Oct 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Ince Community Centre, Manchester Rd, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN2 2DJ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.n.

  • BURY - Ramsbottom Civic Hall

    From 30 Oct 2019 at 14:00 to 30 Oct 2019 at 18:00

    Public Drop-in

    Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Pl, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AJ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • SALFORD - Wardley Community Centre

    From 31 Oct 2019 at 14:15 to 31 Oct 2019 at 17:45

    Public Drop-in

    Wardley Community Centre, Ash Dr, Worsley, Manchester M27 9RS

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • ROCHDALE - spACE @ Harehill House

    From 31 Oct 2019 at 15:00 to 31 Oct 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    spACE @ Harehill House, Hare Hill, Hare Hill Rd, Littleborough OL15 9HF

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • BOLTON - Turton Sports Centre

    From 1 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 1 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Turton Sports Centre, 64 Bromley Cross Rd, Bolton BL7 9LY

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • STOCKPORT - Hazel Grove Civic Hall

    From 5 Nov 2019 at 14:00 to 5 Nov 2019 at 18:00

    Public Drop-in

    Hazel Grove Civic Hall, London Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4DF

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • OLDHAM - Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre

    From 6 Nov 2019 at 12:00 to 6 Nov 2019 at 15:00

    Public Drop-in

    Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre, 6 High St, Shaw, Oldham OL2 8RQ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • SALFORD - Lowry Outlet (food hall)

    From 9 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 9 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    Public Information Event

    Lowry Outlet, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • STOCKPORT - Morrisons Bredbury

    From 11 Nov 2019 at 09:00 to 11 Nov 2019 at 17:00

    Public Information Event

    Morrisons, Crosland Industrial Estate, Stockport Rd W, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2BR

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • MANCHESTER - Wythenshawe Forum

    From 12 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 12 Nov 2019 at 18:00

    Public Information Event

    Wythenshawe Forum, Forum Centre, Simonsway, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5RX

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • BOLTON - Middlebrook Retail Park

    From 13 Nov 2019 at 09:00 to 13 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    Public Information Event

    Middlebrook Retail Park, 37 The Linkway, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JA

    Find out about Greater Manchester’s bus reform consultation and how you can give your views.

  • OLDHAM - Honeywell Community Centre

    From 14 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 14 Nov 2019 at 15:00

    Public Information Event

    Honeywell Community Centre, Hadfield St, Oldham OL8 3BP

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • WIGAN - Spinning Gate Shopping Centre

    From 15 Nov 2019 at 09:00 to 15 Nov 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Ellesmere St, Leigh WN7 4PG

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TRAFFORD - Sainsburys Altrincham

    From 18 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 18 Nov 2019 at 18:00

    Public Information Event

    Sainsburys Altrincham, Lloyd St, Altrincham WA14 2SU

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • TAMESIDE - Clarendon Square

    From 19 Nov 2019 at 09:00 to 19 Nov 2019 at 17:30

    Public Information Event

    Clarendon Square, 111-113 The Mall, Hyde SK14 2QT

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • ROCHDALE - Phoenix Centre

    From 21 Nov 2019 at 09:00 to 21 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    Public Information Event

    Phoenix Centre, Church St, Heywood OL10 1LR

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • BURY - Radcliffe Market

    From 22 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 22 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    Public Information Event

    Radcliffe Market, 11 Blackburn St, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1PN

    Find out about the consultation and how you can give your views.

  • MANCHESTER - Royal Northern College of Music

    From 25 Nov 2019 at 12:30 to 25 Nov 2019 at 14:30

    Public Drop-in

    Royal North College of Music, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • MANCHESTER - North City Library

    From 25 Nov 2019 at 14:00 to 25 Nov 2019 at 17:00

    Public Drop-in

    North City Library, 931 Rochdale Rd, Manchester M9 4AF

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • SKELMERSDALE - Skelmersdale Library

    From 25 Nov 2019 at 14:45 to 25 Nov 2019 at 18:45

    Public Drop-in

    Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale WN8 6NL

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • BURY - Prestwich Library

    From 26 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 26 Nov 2019 at 13:00

    Public Drop-in

    Prestwich Library, Longfield Centre, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • MANCHESTER - Manchester Royal Infirmary

    From 26 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 26 Nov 2019 at 14:00

    Public Drop-in

    Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9WL

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • ST. HELENS - Deafness Resource Centre

    From 26 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 26 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Deafness Resource Centre, 32-40 Dentons Green Ln, Denton's Green, Saint Helens WA10 2QB

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • SALFORD - Walkden Gateway Centre

    From 27 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 27 Nov 2019 at 14:00

    Public Drop-in

    Walkden Gateway, 2 Smith Street, Worsley, M28 3EZ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • MANCHESTER - Wythenshawe Hospital

    From 27 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 27 Nov 2019 at 14:00

    Public Drop-in

    Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • RAWTENSTALL - Kingfisher Business Centre

    From 27 Nov 2019 at 13:30 to 27 Nov 2019 at 17:30

    Public Drop-in

    Kingfisher Business Centre, Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EQ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • OLDHAM - Royton Library

    From 28 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 28 Nov 2019 at 13:00

    Public Drop-in

    Royton Library, Rochdale Rd, Royton, Oldham OL2 6QJ

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • TRAFFORD - Sale Library

    From 28 Nov 2019 at 10:00 to 28 Nov 2019 at 13:00

    Public Drop-in

    2 Tatton Rd, Sale M33 7EB

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • WIGAN - Shevington Library

    From 29 Nov 2019 at 13:00 to 29 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    Public Drop-in

    Shevington Library, Gathurst Ln, Shevington, Wigan WN6 8HA

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • ROCHDALE - Spotland Library

    From 29 Nov 2019 at 14:00 to 29 Nov 2019 at 17:00

    Public Drop-in

    Spotland Library, 106 Ings Ln, Rochdale OL12 7AN

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • TODMORDEN - Todmorden Library

    From 29 Nov 2019 at 14:00 to 29 Nov 2019 at 18:00

    Public Drop-in

    Todmorden Library, 8 Rochdale Rd, Todmorden OL14 5AA

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • BOLTON - Little Lever Library

    From 2 Dec 2019 at 13:00 to 2 Dec 2019 at 16:00

    Public Drop-in

    Little Lever Library, Coronation Square, Little Lever, Bolton BL3 1LP

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • TAMESIDE - Denton Library

    From 2 Dec 2019 at 14:00 to 2 Dec 2019 at 17:00

    Public Drop-in

    Denton Library, Town Hall, Market St, Denton M34 2AP

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • POYNTON - Poynton Civic Hall

    From 2 Dec 2019 at 15:00 to 2 Dec 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Poynton Civic Hall, Park Ln, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1RB

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • MARSDEN - Marsden Mechanics Hall

    From 3 Dec 2019 at 15:00 to 3 Dec 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Marsden Mechanics Hall, Peel St, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6BW

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • GLOSSOP - Bradbury Community House

    From 4 Dec 2019 at 15:00 to 4 Dec 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Bradbury Community House, Market St, Glossop SK13 8AR

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • BOLTON - Farnworth Library

    From 5 Dec 2019 at 09:00 to 5 Dec 2019 at 13:00

    Public Drop-in

    Farnworth Library, Market St, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7PG

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • ROCHDALE - Middleton Library

    From 5 Dec 2019 at 11:00 to 5 Dec 2019 at 14:00

    Public Drop-in

    Middleton Library, Long St, Middleton, Manchester M24 6DU

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • CHORLEY - Jeff's Orange Rooms

    From 5 Dec 2019 at 15:45 to 5 Dec 2019 at 19:00

    Public Drop-in

    Jeff's Orange Rooms, 22 St Thomas's Rd, Chorley PR7 1HR

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • STOCKPORT - The Heatons Library

    From 6 Dec 2019 at 10:00 to 6 Dec 2019 at 14:00

    Public Drop-in

    The Heatons Library, Thornfield Rd, Stockport SK4 3LD

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

  • WARRINGTON - Warrington Library

    From 6 Dec 2019 at 13:00 to 6 Dec 2019 at 16:30

    Public Drop-in

    Warrington Library, Museum St, Warrington WA1 1JB

    Come along, at any time, to discuss or ask questions about the consultation.

Audiences

  • General public

Interests

  • Transport