First Manchester Proposes Rusholme Depot Closure

First Manchester Proposes Rusholme Depot Closure
A Cross Connect branded First Manchester owned Alexander Dennis Enviro400 in the city centre.Tom Harrison

First Manchester has announced a proposal which could see its Rusholme Depot close, with staff, services and vehicles relocated to other depots in the Manchester division in early 2019.

Five years after purchasing the bus operations of EYMS Group-owned Finglands Coachways, in February 2014. First Greater Manchester is set to rationalise its operations in South Manchester.

As well as pulling off the 42 route that links Manchester City Centre to East Didsbury which is withdrawn from 28th October 2018, their Rusholme depot is earmarked to close in early 2019.

The announcement of the proposal to close Rusholme depot follows the closure of depots in Bury and Tameside during 2017.

In a statement to Coach & Bus Week Magazine, Ian Humphreys, Managing Director of First Manchester, issued the following: “First Manchester has today, Friday 26th October, announced a proposal to relocate employees from the Rusholme depot operation as part of a move to safeguard jobs for the future.

“This proposal will not result in any redundancies or changes to local bus services as the business will continue to operate both the 41 and 53, which currently operate from Rusholme.

“We have commenced briefing our employees and trade unions to ensure their views are considered as part of this relocation process and we will provide a further update once this process has completed.

“If the proposal is implemented then First Manchester will relocate colleagues and services from Rusholme by Saturday 26th January 2019.”

Tom Harrison

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