An idea of the seriousness of this move can be seen in the fact that the leaders of Greater Manchester's ten local authorities were being briefed on the move in a behind-closed-doors meeting yesterday. They've never moved that fast in years.
An announcement about the handover is expected to be made on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday. That sounds like it's going to be good news don't it?
It is still unclear why Stagecoach wants to pull out with so long left on its contract. A spokesbody for TfGM said yesterday: "Transport for Greater Manchester will not comment on speculation about one of its business partners." What! Not even if it leaves them in the doo-dah when they hand the fucking job over to a bunch of Frogs without even so much as a kiss my arse or a merci blowthrough
The 'big bang' Metrostink expansion plans should have seen the network treble in size, with extensions planned for East Didsbury, Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester airport. A new line to Chorlton has already opened.
We guess that the leaders of the ten GM local authorities experienced a severe constriction of the sphincter when they attended yesterdays briefing. Note it wasn't just a meeting of TfGM, but all heads of local councils.
We can almost guarantee they didn't like what they heard. We can guarantee you ain't gonna like what's coming folks!!
This could boil down to the fact that OUR council stole our rail system in the hope of getting a financial reward from the Metrostink system and that reward is probably not going to be forthcoming! Prepare to say thank-you OMBC for another great fuck up!!