This will allow us to expand our bus operations in the region.
The acquisition of Finglands, which operates a number of commercial bus services and school contracts to the South and East of Manchester, is subject to Office of Fair Trading (OFT) clearance and, if approved, is expected to be completed during autumn this year.
The acquisition includes the lease of the existing depot in Rusholme, existing service registrations and the transfer of approximately 100 employees. The fleet of 41 vehicles is not included in the sale although some may be used in the short term to meet commitments before new vehicles are introduced. The sale excludes the Finglands coach business.
This demonstrates our commitment to Greater Manchester and represents an excellent opportunity to further grow bus passenger volumes. It reflects our strategy of focusing on those areas that offer the greatest potential for growth and will allow us to improve bus networks for the communities we serve.
We are looking forward, subject to OFT clearance, to welcoming our new colleagues to FirstGroup.
Managing Director – UK Bus
Finglands services with frequencies (Mon to Sat : mins per hour or "occ" occasional)
Make sure you read the small print!
Regular blog readers will remember fbb's picture of a bus stop flag, shown here as an inset.
Without detailed knowledge of what has gone before, fbb cannot comment on how much of a bargain this scheme might be. The problem with a (high) flat fare is that it discourages short-hop travel. Granny Miggins is OK with her oap pass, but young Elsie Miggins (with toddler Shane in a buggy and in the pouring rain) is unlikely to cough up three quid for two stops round the corner ...