Navigating the storm

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An ADL Enviro400 on route 23A serves the Traff ord Centre shopping centre. Elisabeth said increases in home shopping were one of many factors increasing congestion on Manchester’s roads, due to high numbers of delivery vans. JULIAN DOLMAN

Elisabeth Tasker is Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester. With franchising in the bus market an ever-increasing talking point in the city, she speaks to James Day about the potential impact on the business, and the alternatives offered by the company and fellow bus operators in the region
Elisabeth is currently in her second stint at Stagecoach Manchester, having previously served as Operations Director for 10 years after joining the industry in 2000. She has 35 years of experience in transport, with previous roles in the logistics and heavy goods industry prior to joining Stagecoach.

In 2010, Elisabeth was promoted to the Managing Director role at Stagecoach in Merseyside. At the time, the business had just a single base of operations – the very large Gillmoss depot – but there were plans to restructure the group as a whole.

Stagecoach North West, which covered a region spanning Carlyle to Preston, was split. The Lancashire operations were placed within the renamed Merseyside and South Lancashire business. This included Preston, Chorley and Fleetwood.

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