First’s decision to scale down its operations in Greater Manchester provided Rotala’s Diamond Bus with the means of transforming itself into the city region’s second largest operator. ALAN MILLAR has been to Bolton to meet some of the people charged with making a success of this purchase.

Wright StreetLite DF 32303 (SK16 GXR), photographed entering Bolton Interchange, has been transferred from the Preston Bus fleet. ALAN BLAGBURN
Diamond branding and legal lettering applied to one of 60 Alexander Dennis Enviro400s being leased from First.

To paraphrase the words of Irish politician Daniel O’Connell in 1856, First’s difficulty is Rotala’s opportunity, a chance for the Alternative Investment Market-listed group to expand.

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