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Backhouse Jones Advises on Sale of Rosso Bus to Transdev

On 12 January 2018, Rosso became part of the Transdev family. This means that bus passengers in Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale will soon benefit from a multi-million-pound investment in new buses.

Rosso currently runs a network of bus routes around Rossendale and the surrounding area to Ramsbottom, Rochdale and Bury. Its services also go into other local towns including Blackburn, Burnley and Bolton. It employs 240 people, has 102 buses and serves 5.4 million customers a year.

Transdev are intending to keep the local Rosso brand alongside more new local identities and introduce integrated ticketing across both networks to make things easier for passengers. It will also make good use of the new bus station being built in Rawtenstall.

However, Transdev also plans to invest heavily in Rosso including spending around £3 million this year on 20 state-of-the-art new buses to be placed on the busiest routes to benefit the most people and the most communities. Transdev also plan to extend their popular Transdev Go app to Rosso, with live departure times of buses, clever journey planning and mobile tickets too.

Rossendale Council leader Alyson Barnes commented: “I am delighted with the response we have had from residents about the news of the merger, particularly with regard to ticketing options. They are also looking forward to benefiting from investment in the fleet and extended services in the future.”

Commenting on the deal recently, Alex Hornby, Chief Executive, Transdev said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues at Rosso into the Transdev Blazefield family. Our track record in Lancashire and across the north is one of growth, innovation and creating buses that people want to be seen on, and we have exciting plans including investment in new, hi-spec buses to benefit the people of Rossendale and Greater Manchester. From day one, we will be talking and listening to staff, customers and stakeholders about our strategy to ensure we deliver attractive bus services that reflect the needs of local communities and strengthen local economies.”

Backhouse Jones acted for Rossendale Borough Council and Brett Cooper Head of Corporate and Commercial at Backhouse Jones said “We are delighted to have acted on this transaction and look forward to seeing how Rosso develops now it is part of the Transdev family.”

Stephen Pierce of Womble Bond Dickinson led the team that acted for Transdev.