Rosso to join Transdev Blazefield

Rosso to join Transdev Blazefield
A Rosso owned Volvo B7TL with Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini bodywork at Rochdale Interchange.Macauley Pugh

Rossendale Council-owned Rosso bus company is to be sold to private bus company Trandev Blazefield, adding to their already impressive transport portfolio in the North of England.

Rosso, the trading name of Rossendale Transport which is majority-owned by Rossendale Borough Council, currently runs a network of bus routes around the Valley and beyond to Ramsbottom, Bury and Rochdale. Its services connect to other local towns including Blackburn, Burnley and Bolton.

Plans have been announced today for Rosso to be taken over by the Transdev Blazefield group of companies that operate services across Lancashire, including the likes of the Red Express and Cityzap services.

Transdev have announced that they are planning to invest significantly in Rosso, including spending in the region of £3 million in the year following the proposed deal on new ‘state-of-the-art’ buses to be placed on the busiest routes.

As part of the takeover, Trandev plans to keep the local Rosso brand alongside more new local identities and intends to make effective use of the new bus station currently being built in Rawtenstall.

The company also plans to introduce integrated ticketing across both networks and improve information to customers in a bid to get more people on board the bus.

Alex Hornby, chief executive of Transdev said: “Following approval and finalisation of the proposed deal, we are looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues at Rosso into the Transdev Blazefield family.

Our track record in Lancashire and across the north is one of growth, innovation and creating buses that people want to be seen on, and we have exciting plans including investment in new, hi-spec buses to benefit the people of Rossendale and Greater Manchester.

“From day one, we will be talking and listening to staff, customers and stakeholders about our strategy to ensure we deliver attractive bus services that reflect the needs of local communities and strengthen local economies.”

Tom Harrison

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  • Ross Ralph
    10th January 2018, 12:41 pm

    Great to see Rossendale Transport has passed to an innovate company that will no doubt streamline the business. I look forward to reading about the ongoing developments in the future.

  • Pro Soc Dec
    24th December 2017, 10:14 pm

    Thank goodness, and good riddance to such a neglected unreliable service around the Rossendale and Blackburn area, the council have helped run the service into the ground and the buses are often in terrible condition leaking water and grunting up hills….. Let’s hope that transdev merge tickets and give the senior citizens a more reliable local service as well as younger commuters such as elsewhere by transdev

  • Craig
    20th December 2017, 11:14 am

    They say investment, yes, for the first year, then services will be cut to the bone. Transdev treat their drivers like something on the bottom of their shoe. I see plenty of drivers being fired off for the most minor of things, this saves on redundancy payments. Then they wonder why they have such a high turnover of drivers and why they can not get hold of them too. TRANSDEV, START TREATING YOUR DRIVERS LIKE HUMAN BEINGS!

  • Paul Mason
    15th December 2017, 9:19 pm

    This takeover leaves Blackpool Transport as the last Lancashire (1974 definition) municipal company bus firm as we enter 2018. Halton and Warrington are the last such firms in the north west of England.

  • Lee
    15th December 2017, 6:44 pm

    I’m going to have to get a moped license, the prices Transdev charge are ridiculous.



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