Rotala Plc, the parent company of Diamond North West, has officially announced that it has agreed to acquire from First Manchester Limited, its Bolton depot and the majority of the First business located at that depot.
From Sunday 11th August, the Diamond North West network of bus services will be expanding, following the acquisition of First Manchester’s Weston Street Depot in Bolton.
The following services will be operated by Diamond from this date:
2 – intu Trafford Centre to Bolton (daytimes only*)
8 – Manchester Shudehill to Bolton
36 – Manchester Piccadilly to Bolton
37 – Manchester Piccadilly to Bolton
X39 – Farnworth/ Little Hulton to Manchester Piccadilly
68 – intu Trafford Centre to Farnworth (daytimes only*)
162 – Manchester Piccadilly to Norden
163 – Manchester Piccadilly to Bury
471 – Bolton to Rochdale
472/474 – Bury to Ramsbottom Circulars
501 – Johnson Fold to Farnworth
507 – Bolton to Harwood Circular
511 – Bolton to Bury
524 – Bolton to Bury
561/562 – Bolton to Withins Circulars
582 – Leigh to Bolton
*Evening journeys on Services 2 & 68 will still be run by First Manchester on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester.
The acquisition includes the depot at Weston Street, Bolton, the plant and machinery at that site and the goodwill of the business. Approximately 500 staff will also transfer to Rotala with the business. The total consideration for the acquisition is £5.3 million.
Tickets issued by First Manchester, including tickets purchased through their mobile app, will be accepted on all Diamond services from 11th August until further notice. This will also apply to the current agreement between First Manchester and Go North West. To provide a smooth transition, tickets will be accepted across all 3 bus operators until further notice.