A £100 million plan has been unveiled by One Bus in a bid to revolutionise the Greater Manchester bus network.
The banner of One Bus represents the region’s 18 bus operators, and the ‘blueprint’ that has been published intends to tackle a number of ongoing issues associated with the bus network.
Simplified ticketing, better on board services and low emission buses are just three of the aims in the blueprint from One Bus.
The Chief Executive of the consortium, Gary Nolan, said these plans offer the chance to “deliver a revolution” to the bus network.
He said: “Buses are central to the future of Greater Manchester and this positive package of proposals can make a real difference to tackling the biggest challenges facing our communities; road congestion and air quality.
“Building on the significant investment already made by operators, there is a window of opportunity for everyone to work together to deliver a revolution in the region’s bus network that puts customers first and offers excellent value for both passengers and public investment.”
Tackling air quality is a problem that is not localised to Greater Manchester; it exists on a national scale and beyond, with both English and Scottish governments making plans reduce pollution by making the transport network fit for purpose.
In Greater Manchester, the ambitions of One Bus include the introduction of 450 new low emission buses over the next three years, which will boost the air quality in the region; the first 150 are expected to be delivered by the start of 2020 under these plans.
Smart ticketing is also high on the region’s agenda; the end of January saw Transport for the North’s £70 billion masterplan unveiled, which includes acceleration to smart and integrated travel.
Under the One Bus proposals, the bus operators will offer more flexible and simplified tickets; technology will also play a part in the extension of free Wi-Fi across the bus fleet.