As the launch of Bee Network Tranche Two approaches, TONY MILES speaks to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester transport commissioner Vernon Everitt about how the city’s new franchise services have fared

Go North West Volvo B5LH / Wright Gemini 3 3033 (BW65 DBY) heads towards the Manchester Royal Infirmary at the eastern end of the Leigh Guided Busway near Walkden.

As this issue goes to press, it has been five months since the first tranche of Bee Network services launched, on September 24, 2023. The massive change in how the city runs its bus services was spearheaded by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who spoke to Buses about how the network has been performing.

Burnham admits that franchising of bus services wasn’t his immediate plan when he was elected to office.

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