Why should TfGM be precluded from buying First’s bus business if it could come up with a business plan to turn round the business and it could be acquired at a sensible price?

Transport for Greater Manchester livery and branding on First Manchester 49923 (YJ14 BJY), a TfGM-owned battery electric Optare Versa operated on the city centre Free Bus in Manchester. RUSSELL YOUNG

I hope readers will forgive me for returning to the subject of First and Manchester, but, like Brexit, what has actually happened is far worse than if everyone concerned had sat down and asked how can we make the biggest mess of this. The background can be found in my Inside Track last July.

There have been a couple of interesting developments in Manchester. One is that the 18 bus operators, under their very capable chief executive Gary Nolan, have published an alternative plan for the network under the OneBus brand, which promises £100million of investment in three years for a unified network.

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