TfGM renews Optare maintenance contract

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced that it has renewed its contract with Optare for the repair and maintenance of 104 hybrid and electric-powered buses.

The seven year contract, worth £8m, was awarded to Optare following a competitive tendering process.

TfGM said they had selected a supplier that puts customer safety at the forefront of its operation and can guarantee the longevity of hybrid and electric vehicles.

The TfGM fleet includes Optare Versa hybrid 12m-long school buses and Optare Versa 9.7m-long electric buses, which the organisation said were the first fully electric, low access buses to be used in Manchester.

Howard Hartley, Head of Bus at TfGM, said: “We’ve been happy with the performance and reliability of our buses, and the support we have received from Optare.

“Optare has the specialist knowledge required to deliver the best service for hybrid and electric buses.”