First Bus announces major investment and job creation for Rochdale bus depot

Posted: 4 January 2024 | | No comments yet

First Bus is set to transform Rochdale’s transportation with a £750,000 investment in a Corporation Street depot, enhancing engineering facilities and preparing to take charge of Bee Network services from March 2024.

First Bus announces major investment and job creation for Rochdale bus depot

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First Bus has announced that it has unveiled ambitious plans for a significant investment in a local bus depot, accompanied by the creation of up to 50 job opportunities.

Scheduled to assume control of Rochdale services in the Bee Network from March 2024, First Bus is wasting no time in revitalising the former Transdev site on Corporation Street. The £750,000 investment will predominantly target the enhancement of engineering facilities, featuring a cutting-edge double-height workshop bay dedicated to vehicle repair and maintenance. In addition, improvements to the yard area are on the agenda, aiming to optimise operational space.

As part of this initiative, a comprehensive recruitment campaign has been launched to fill crucial roles for drivers and engineers. The job openings are expected to encompass over 30 new driver positions and 12 engineering roles. Furthermore, existing Transdev employees will seamlessly transition to First Bus, preserving jobs and expertise.

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Expressing enthusiasm for the project, Paul Townley, General Manager of First Bus, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed on the sale of the site and are keen to get started on major improvements. The investment we are making will create an excellent working environment, and we are already seeing strong interest in the vacancies available.

“This new depot supports high-skilled jobs locally and regionally. As we continue to invest in the Rochdale area, First Bus is determined to help build the economy and link key communities as we support the latest phase of the Bee Network.”

Once integrated into the Bee Network, First Bus is poised to operate over 30 routes in the Rochdale and Bury region, including six school services. Its fleet, initially consisting of 60 buses, holds the potential for expansion to accommodate up to 90 vehicles, further solidifying the company’s commitment to efficient and comprehensive public transportation services in the area.

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