Go North West Arrives in Manchester This June

Go North West Arrives in Manchester This June
The countdown to the release of the new Go North West bus livery has begun. Go North West

Go North West was incorporated in 2019, and is part of the Go-Ahead Group of companies. They will be operating some former First Manchester bus routes in Greater Manchester from the 2nd of June 2019.

I’m sure our readers are well aware of the sale of Queens Road Bus Depot to Go-Ahead Group which includes the depot and the bus fleet of 163 vehicles. If you’re not, you can read our story about it by clicking here.

Go-Ahead says it is looking forward to working in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to deliver operational excellence, innovation and a focus on customer service. With this, it hopes to introduce innovate ideas such as smart card ticketing on The Key amongst other things.

The Go North West website is now live along with timetables and route map.

David Cutts, Interim Managing Director of Go North West, said: “We very much look forward to joining Manchester’s public transport community in approximately three weeks’ time. We are excited to welcome our passengers and offer them a reliable bus service that meets their needs.

“Go North West is committed to providing a high-quality bus service and we will make further announcements over the coming weeks.

“Finally, I’d like to thank the Go North West team who have managed the acquisition and transition process and the staff at Queens Road who we have greeted us with open arms and who we look forward to welcoming on-board.”

You can now download the Go North West App from the Apple App Store or Google Play where you can register to receive updates as we get closer to launch. You may wish to visit the Go North West Website for details on routes and fares.

Tom Harrison

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  • Kenny
    4th June 2019, 4:08 pm

    I really hope go ahead keep the buses in a better condition than first the buses was always dirty even early in the morning and making strange knocking noise from underneath also its impossible to get to work in heywood industrial park for 6am due to the 163 starting to late in the morning hope you can look into this thanks

  • Christopher Barker
    21st May 2019, 6:32 pm

    As a regular user of First Manchester Buses, when visiting family in the Manchester area. I have always found the services operated by first to be reliable, I sincerely hope that this continues to be the case, when Go-Ahead takes-over.

  • Geoff Kerr
    21st May 2019, 3:22 pm

    Sale of just one depot will mean more fragmented ticketing, so a loss of network benefits. Once again competition law over-rides the desire for integration. What’s happening to Oldham and Bolton depots?