Manchester to consult on bringing buses under public control

Plans prompt warning from bus operator that local taxpayers face ‘massive bill’

Proposals to bring buses in Manchester under public control will be put out for consultation next week, prompting a warning from one of the biggest operators that it would mean a “massive bill” for local taxpayers.

Greater Manchester combined authority (GMCA) has given the go-ahead for a three-month public consultation that could result in the city region implementing a London-style franchising system for buses.

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