2 November 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the announcement that Greater Manchester is to have an elected mayor with control over transport decision making and spending, and the separate announcement from large bus operators that they will work together in key urban areas to bring about Oyster-style smart ticketing.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:
"There's a very welcome consensus that action is needed to give our big cities high quality public transport networks. It won't matter to most passengers whether that comes from elected mayors or from transport operators working together more closely. They just want to see investment in better bus, rail and tram networks that make their city better places to live and work and smart tickets with the London-style best value promise. We look forward to details from operators and authorities about timescales and fares, and will be keen to work with all of them to get the real improvements promised."
1. The Chancellor of the Exchequer and leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority signed a devolution agreement on 3 November 2014. The agreement will result in devolving new powers and responsibilities to Greater Manchester, and Greater Manchester adopting a directly elected Mayor for the city-region https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/devolution-to-the-greater-man...
2. Stagecoach, First, Arriva, Go Ahead and National Express issued a joint statement announcing that smart-ticketing will be rolled out on buses in Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol.