ONEBUS OR FRANCHISE?

Greater Manchester operators say they will invest £100million in a quantum leap in the city region’s bus network as an alternative to a London-style contracting regime, but they also face tough penalties if they fail to comply with clean air zone standards being mooted for 2021

FOCUS ON NORTH-WEST ENGLAND

Stagecoach Manchester 12112 (MX12 ENH), an Alexander Dennis Enviro400H hybrid, in Stockport. Stagecoach has secured funding for 32 Enviro400EV battery electric double-deckers with BYD chassis units.
JOHN YOUNG

Two of the biggest issues facing bus operations in Greater Manchester are the possible re-regulation of routes in a franchising regime and the planned introduction of a clean air zone (CAZ) across the entire city region, with penalties imposed on vehicles that do not meet the required emission standard.

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