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On the note of franchising from which I could be certain its gonna happen....its not gonna be dead and buried then stagecoach will pull out of Manchester completely
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(18/10/2019 20:56)iMarkeh Wrote:  I think First are now holding on with Oldham depot being part of the franchising documents. GMCA wants to buy Oldham depot. As no one else wants the physical depot, they might as well wait for GMCA to buy it.

That said, I think there might be limits on how much Stagecoach can take. Theres a lot of routes First still have.
Rosso and Stotts need to jump in in my opinion as the 6 and 426 would suit them fantastically.

76 to Derker I think would be a good idea but I get the feeling that Stagecoach won't just yet because of the driver shortages.

Stotts have no desire to run anything commercial they are happy with a presence on tenders and schools - not saying they won't pick up more work as that's the plan I believe but they won't run anything commercially sadly.

My money is not on MCT but their owners HCT. A lot of senior HCT management who were based in London are in the process of relocating to Manchester. They are apparently very excited about the possibility of franchising so wouldn't be surprised if it's something they go for.
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(20/10/2019 16:32)Mayneway Wrote:  Stotts have no desire to run anything commercial they are happy with a presence on tenders and schools - not saying they won't pick up more work as that's the plan I believe but they won't run anything commercially sadly.

My money is not on MCT but their owners HCT. A lot of senior HCT management who were based in London are in the process of relocating to Manchester. They are apparently very excited about the possibility of franchising so wouldn't be surprised if it's something they go for.

MCT wil do what there told by HCT they will use MCT name.
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(23/10/2019 00:02)Mrboo Wrote:  MCT wil do what there told by HCT they will use MCT name.

They won’t use the MCT name. Look at how they operate elsewhere. Hackney community transport is a charity transport group, they originally used this to bid on TFL tenders then once successful set up CT plus which is a seperate arm.
If and it’s only an IF HCT ended up with Oldham they would run it as a completely commercial entity not a charitable one which MCT still is. I would imagine they would leave mct to go for smaller work they do at the moment and they would go for the bigger stuff.

They are very very keen to get a bigger slice in Manchester. Allegedly they were the successful purchaser of Rosso until Transdev stepped in with a slightly bigger offer 50 minutes before bidding closed.
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Abeillo are looking at Manchester opportunities ....are they going to replace stagecoach?
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(25/10/2019 19:32)johnluke Wrote:  Abeillo are looking at Manchester opportunities ....are they going to replace stagecoach?

if so poor staff they are not nice to London staff
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