First appears before TC over punctuality

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First’s Greater Manchester bus company is to appear before traffic commissioner Beverley Bell over the issue of punctuality.

The move follows an investigation by VOSA last year. First could face a fine of £550 per vehicle if it is found to have missed the punctuality target.

A spokesman for First said: “We are attending the Traffic Commissioner’s office on Monday and will discuss factors affecting the punctuality of some of our buses in Manchester some 12 months ago.”

Cllr Roger Jones, a vicechairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, which oversees transport in the region, said: “We`ve asked First to improve its reliability as too many complaints are made about services not keeping to their timetable.”