The TForce (Transportation for Greater Manchester) is the British government’s largest logistics company.
It’s also the biggest provider of public transport.
Its network covers almost 200 million people, with a network of over 1,000 terminals, some of which can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
But it’s also facing the biggest disruption of its existence, with the government’s decision to close the Tforce terminal in Manchester and lay off some workers, with more to follow.
The company said on Wednesday that the closure will affect “many of our people, staff, and suppliers”.
“The closure of the Manchester terminal is a major disruption for TForce, but we have no choice but to rely on the support of our existing partners and customers to provide support and help with our continued operations and growth,” said TForce chief executive Mike Tarrant.
The closure comes just weeks after the government announced plans to cut the number of jobs at the company from 1,500 to 700, citing the financial impact on the company.
TForce has been working to keep the network afloat since the closure of its previous terminal in the city of Preston in 2013, but it has been facing a difficult time in the wake of the Brexit vote and the Brexit government’s Brexit plans.
TForce employs about 5,600 people in Manchester, with around 500 in the City of Manchester, where the company operates terminals, and another 3,000 in Preston.
It also operates a number of other sites in other parts of the country.
“We’re not going anywhere, we’re just working on the contingency plans,” TForce’s head of public affairs, Paul Lewis, told the Manchester Evening News.
“We’ve been doing that for the last two years, we’ve put the necessary staff on the ground, we have the equipment, and we have a workforce of over 2,000.
We’re not closing down any of our sites.”
He added: “We will be able to continue operations in Manchester.
We have to take some time to prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario.
We’ll also need to assess the impact on our suppliers.”
In March 2017, the government shut down two TForce terminals in Manchester after a £1.6m debt was incurred by the company due to a shortfall in funding.
However, it is not yet clear how many people will lose their jobs due to the Brexit announcement.
The company has already laid off staff in recent years, with an average of 7 people losing their jobs each week between June 2017 and December 2017.
Lewis told the Evening News that the company was working on “several solutions” to its challenges.
“I would like to reassure the people that are affected that TForce has always been there for them,” he said.
“TForce is here to serve the Manchester community, and it will continue to do so as part of the local community.
There are a number solutions that we are looking at to help us address these challenges and deliver services to the community in Manchester that we’re confident we can meet.”
But some of the people affected by the Brexit decision may not be so lucky.
TForce’s financial director and chief financial officer, Paul Tarrance, told local media that “the reality is that we have not had the level of financial support that we were expecting from the government.”
There’s not been enough money to pay for the work that’s required, which is part of what we’re facing, but the reality is it’s not going to be a smooth ride for us,” he added.
Last year, the Government announced a series of cuts to the TfM network, including cutting the number from 1.7 million people to 600,000, and axing the T-Train, TfL and Tube services.