Group sets out priorities for Go North West

 
David Cutts, left. David Brown, right

 

Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester.

Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive David Brown committed to the spending over the next 12 months which will be targetted on vehicle and depot improvements.

We have an ambitious investment plan, and are excited to work in partnership with local stakeholders to serve the community

“We have an ambitious investment plan, and are excited to work in partnership with local stakeholders to serve the community,” Brown said.

At the launch the group displayed the first of 14 buses to be refurbished which has been retrofitted with an exhaust aftertreatment system that will bring vehicles that have been inherited from FirstGroup’s Manchester operation, up to the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

Go-Ahead has committed to replacing Go North West’s oldest single-deck buses with 24 newer vehicles of between five and seven years of age. The group has also invested in resources that aim to improve service reliability at the Queens Road depot. This includes the creation of local management and customer service teams to bring “focused leadership and local knowledge to the business”.

“Queens Road has served the city for over a century and we are very pleased to have seamlessly transitioned to Go North West,” said David Cutts, the operator’s interim managing director.

“Today is another important milestone and the communities we serve, whether they use the bus or not, will benefit from our ongoing investment in cleaner vehicles. In addition to introducing greener buses, we recently purchased a new bus wash and repaired the iconic depot clock, helping us keep to time. Colleagues and users can expect further announcements over the coming months.”   

Go-Ahead announced earlier this month that Nigel Featham, Arriva’s regional director for the north east of England and Yorkshire, has been appointed to succeed Cutts – who will return to his role as operations director at Go-Ahead London when Featham takes over (PT212).

 
This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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