by timpickstone on 26 February, 2019
First Bus has announced its intention to sell the Queens Road bus depot and operations to the Go-Ahead Group for £11.2 million. The sale would include the First Manchester depot site and 160 buses, and all the services which operate out of Queens Road (which includes most Prestwich services).
First Manchester will continue to operate from two sites: Oldham and Bolton and will continue to operate Queens Road buses as now while the sale goes through.
Go-Ahead is the largest bus operator in London and also operates services in a number of English regions.
According to the Manchester Evening News:
“The company has promised improvement to services and Go-Ahead said its initial focus would be on ‘ensuring a smooth transition to maintain services from day one of the new operation’.We have a good record of growth in our bus companies across the UK. We will review the network to ensure the current bus routes suit the needs of our passengers.”