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.”5 comments