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In what has been hailed as a historic move, Greater Manchester Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham, has given the go ahead for control over the regions bus networks to become franchised. The landmark move came after nine council leaders gave their recommendations to take control and move towards creating a London styled regulatory system, the first of it's kind outside of the capital. The buses will continue to be operated by private companies but more control over 'simpler' fares and routes will fall under the remit of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), allowing for a standardised integrated ticketing system across the whole bus network, similar to what is seen in the Capital. It also helps towards integrating the buses with the rest of the regions public transport network, as well as price capping to keep costs low for passengers. Burnham hailed the move as the biggest change to the bus network since the 1980's when the system was unregulated. Speaking at a press briefing at the Ashton Interchange earlier this afternoon, the Mayor said: Regulation will mean that all buses will from 2023 be a standardised colour and customers will have a better idea of how much their journeys would cost. Funding for the £135m project will come from one off local authority contributions, devolution deal cash as well as monies from the current and future mayoral precept. Meanwhile several companies have submitted separate court applications for a judicial review after claiming a lack of consultation, with the 'One Bus' representative body stating that the process was being rushed. The new system is set to be introduced in three phases starting in January 2023, with phase two set for January 2024 and the final phase three to begin in January 2025.
The city has formally backed the campaign which aims to make good, nutritious food a legal right for all its citizens. The backing from Salford was announced at Greater Manchester Combined Authority Meeting on Friday 12 February. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett will now be sending a letter to the government, indicating the need for drastic change to the National Food Strategy, and the importance of introducing a new policy which includes the goals of the Right to Food campaign. Salford City Council joins other councils across the country who are continuing to lobby for change. Paul Dennett, the City Mayor of Salford, said: Councillor Sharmina August, Executive Support Member for Equalities, Communities and Social Impact at Salford City Council said: