The second annual UK Bus Summit will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, once again supported by the Department for Transport. The event brings together operators, local authorities and the bus supply industry to encourage the industry to work together to stimulate patronage growth, and to raise awareness of the role the bus can play in stimulating the economy, getting people to work, reducing emissions, providing access for the elderly and tackling inequality.
This year the focus will also be on the devolution agenda, and proposals in the Buses Bill which would give combined authorities with an elected mayor powers to franchise bus services.
Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, whose responsibilities include transport aspects of the Northern Powerhouse, will give the keynote address.
The LowCVP's Andy Eastlake will be speaking at the event about low emission buses of the future.
Transport for Greater Manchester Chief Executive Dr Jon Lamonte and leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes, representing the two regions expected to be in the vanguard of franchising, will be speaking in a session on The Future of the Bus Market, alongside David Brown and Martin Griffiths, the chief executives of Go-Ahead and Stagecoach.
Joining Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP will be Scotland’s Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay MSP and Danny Kennedy, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Regional Development who will share the lessons to be learned on bus provision from around the UK.
Other sessions will cover The Passenger Perspective and The Bus of the Future, with speakers including Anthony Smith of Transport Focus, First Group UK Bus Managing Director Giles Fearnley, Kevin O’Connor Managing Director for UK Bus at Arriva and Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys.
The Summit will be a must-attend event for anyone who wants to be up to speed with all the latest developments in the bus industry.