FirstGroup claims it is playing a key part in the Government’s Northern Powerhouse plans. It says it is doing this with the recent launch of two new services: its premium service on Greater Manchester’s new busway, Vantage, as well as its new TransPennine Express franchise.
Chief Executive of FirstGroup, Tim O’Toole, said, ‘Our investment in the north’s public transport will deliver modern, fast, efficient links that will bring people closer to the employment and economic growth opportunities that will help create the Northern Powerhouse. TransPennine Express will transform rail services across the region, resulting in faster and more frequent intercity connections between major towns and cities, keeping their communities and businesses prospering. Our bus services are essential to keep cities moving and we see more than a quarter of a billion customer journeys a year on our First Bus networks in the region, with initiatives such as the new Vantage busway in Manchester exemplifying our strong partnerships with transport authorities across the north.’