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The chief exec of First made some bumbling statement last week shortly after the story was first published basically saying he was aware of the story but because of stock market rules couldn't comment but wanted all the staff to carry on as normal. Bit of a pointless statement to make and I think it only added a huge amount of wood onto the fire.
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(11/02/2019 11:13)Mayneway Wrote:  The chief exec of First made some bumbling statement last week shortly after the story was first published basically saying he was aware of the story but because of stock market rules couldn't comment but wanted all the staff to carry on as normal. Bit of a pointless statement to make and I think it only added a huge amount of wood onto the fire.

I posted it the same day


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(11/02/2019 15:27)NorthernCounties Wrote:  I posted it the same day

Cheers for that I didn't see it Smile
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Its interesting about this comment, why did he not say it last year when the same rumours were circulating, on this forum anyway. Or is it because this time its going to happen. Also came across online a post made by an Oldham paper saying that all three depots may go to the same buyer if there was a wish by a buyer for this to happen, so guess they are trying to invite offers and weren't at that time talking to anybody, as if they knew they could categorically say all depots were to be sold off separately.

One hopes the new buyer has a large bank balance as they will need it to repair the damage that has been done already, no doubt the first things would be a route review and selected fare cuts. Then hopefully chance cleaning contractors for internal cleaning as the insides of the 2012/4 Enviro400's are a disgrace, so much so the insides of a cattle truck would be cleaner.
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(10/02/2019 21:32)motormayhem1 Wrote:  It could make the franchising a bit difficult if it was bought out the public purse i think , as when the tendering process comes in (If franchising happens) then what happens if the public run company ends up with a large share of the routes.
I think Mr Souter would have something to say about unfair advantage.

Lol it would be nice to see router cry as he has give n many unfair advantages when he put other companies out of business
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There is no prospect of it being bought by TfGM or anyone else like that as

a) It is not able to do so as explained by someone else in a previous post.
b) Council Tax would have to go up to pay for it and many residents who are not bus users and are car drivers would complain considering they would be expected to pay towards it, especially when it appears on Council Tax Statements

(Note values I have given are Hypothetical and do not represent true value of the company).
e.g. Purchasing First Manchester Ltd from First Group PLC £20,000,000.

I very much doubt that would be popular especially if the Health and Social Care Budgets or Education Budgets are effected and also if not would use up most of not all TfGM's annual budget if not more. The only way of getting money back if that was the case would be to close depots and we all know what a disaster that has been in the past for staff and customers, and selling the depots onto Property Developers.

First Manchester's only buyers will be operators who either do or are keen to operate in a regulated market.

There is no returning I am afraid to Greater Manchester Transport Buses being owned by local councils.

When Transport for London re-entered the bus market it was to bail out failing operators at a price that was cheaper to Council Tax payers than leaving it unresolved as there was no Private interests as the companies were heavily in debt and the bids placed for the work in Harris Buses case at least were too low, and TfL would have had to re-let the contracts at higher cost to the tax payer, and both operators, Harris Bus and Durham Travel services, together had less than 100 vehicles within London.

Of course many people liked Greater Manchester Transport because it was a structured operator that was accountable and transport as interchangeable and linked and fares were much lower, but tax costs were high, but in those days that was just accepted as the public knew nothing else, but now I doubt it would be acceptable to those who do not use the services provided which is the majority. Franchising is being selected as its the nearest that can be got to it at a cost effective price, e.g not owning the infrastructure (vehicles and depots) but controlling the structure through regulation.

Incidentally I have no political alliance I am just a realist and unfortunately there are more important things in life than whether the local Councils own the buses.

Sorry to rant on.
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(11/02/2019 19:35)gilesbus1 Wrote:  Its interesting about this comment, why did he not say it last year when the same rumours were circulating, on this forum anyway. Or is it because this time its going to happen. Also came across online a post made by an Oldham paper saying that all three depots may go to the same buyer if there was a wish by a buyer for this to happen, so guess they are trying to invite offers and weren't at that time talking to anybody, as if they knew they could categorically say all depots were to be sold off separately.

I think he's spoken out now because there's possibly a bit more weight to it all. Talking to a couple of First drivers yesterday who genuinely think it's in the pipeline. IF it happens it could prove very interesting.
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(12/02/2019 10:47)Mayneway Wrote:  I think he's spoken out now because there's possibly a bit more weight to it all. Talking to a couple of First drivers yesterday who genuinely think it's in the pipeline. IF it happens it could prove very interesting.

Yes I think there is something in the pipeline with it as its the CEO of FirstGroup who's let it slip. There are all sorts of other stumbling blocks as well in this, like one off-putting situation might be the need to change livery when a combined authority would make the operator adopt theirs at a later stage all at vast cost.

The need to find a name, one of the issues in the past has been that the fleet names are too long and therefore potentially something shorter is needed the only name I could think of is Norman. North Manchester Buses, that then kind of gives the buses a personality, a human factor which is maybe one of the things whats missing (lol). :laugh1:

Also maybe other things are route branding again so people not using the bus knows where its actually going and how often it is, a lot of these losses have come since Overground and Gold Service branding have been scrapped. Route branding I think gives the appeal of ownership to Passengers e.g. its our bus and leads to it less likely to be littered with wadges of rubbish and graffiti and also the more likely passengers are to use it also on-board timetables and timetables pushed through the door might also help. Route branding in other towns and cities as helped the market grow, flat boring liveries attract no-one, and as i've said before the need to have cheaper fares on routes that shadow Metrolink, so Metrolink isn't the cheapest option any longer and also the need to speed up journeys through talks with TfGM and the local Councils about extra further bus lanes and also possible congestion charging or pollution taxes should they come back onto the table.

Then there are the vehicles in my opinion all of the 2012 and 2014 Enviro Enviro400's need to be refurbished as a matter of urgency, I can't comment on the Enviro300's because I don't generally use them because they are at Oldham. Inroads need to be made to replace the outstanding Minibuses and then start on replacing the Volvo B7RLE's all of which should be done at the rate of about 30-50 buses a year so the fleet is always fresh and always has something new to offer.

Then there is the depot situation, are all depots in the right locations and operating the right routes, for example could Bury be re-opened, to replace Manchester or might a depot in Rochdale replace part of Manchester and all of Oldham and the rest of Manchester's work go to Bolton and new routes link the bits in between or could making SOU depots again to operate routes of importance such as Vantage and the 582 say, in Leigh help, e.g smaller depot more able to look after vehicles, know vehicles, know customers, clean better and keep a good image on those routes were lots of investment have gone in.

Anyway all that is for the future but should all be interesting.
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(11/02/2019 23:52)johnluke Wrote:  Lol it would be nice to see router cry as he has give n many unfair advantages when he put other companies out of business
Total agree
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