The MEN reports that First Manchester has been fined £285,000 following on from their recent grilling by the Traffic Commissioner over late running services. Beverley Bell (the first female Traffic Commissioner) is reported as saying that she wants to send out a message: “that, without imposing a penalty, First Manchester would not have focused its mind enough to meet the legislation and I still feel it’s being complacent.”
The first steps to improve punctuality were taken this week with timetable tweaks in the Rochdale and Oldham areas. A couple of routes see their frequencies reduced: Halifax Road in Rochdale goes from eight to six First buses per hour as short 457 journeys to Littleborough are withdrawn, whilst the 425 in Oldham is now every 12 minutes. Along with the new livery and new ticket machines, it seems like efforts are being made to improve the service offered. Will it be enough to turn around public perceptions?
Next major round of bus service changes due on 15th April 2012