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The Mayor of Greater Manchester opened the conference. Andy is the first mayor to spearhead a move to a franchised bus network, taking advantage of a change in legislation to allow greater public control of bus services. This new network went live within two weeks of the conference date. The city region has an ambitious target of 30% passenger growth.
Stephen Rhodes and Anne-Marie Purcell head up bus activities at Transport for Greater Manchester and are managing delivery of the Bee Network. They provided insight into the franchising process, and future goals for the network.
Currently holding responsibility for two of the north’s largest bus operations, Nigel is well placed to view the challenges faced by the industry across a wide swathe of the region. He is involved in both the largest Bus Service Improvement Plan grant in England, in Tyne & Wear, and the franchising transformation taking place in Greater Manchester.
Representing the largest operator in Manchester’s deregulated bus market, Zach is in charge of the company’s transition back into regulated operations. As well as preparing for one of the biggest operational shake-ups since deregulation, he is interested in attracting a new generation of drivers, managers and other key employees to the bus industry.
The largest bus manufacturer in the UK, Alexander Dennis launched its own electric range last year, and has delivered many hundreds of zero emission buses in partnership with Chinese manufacturer BYD. With ever-increasing pressure and demand for zero emission vehicles, Matthew Lawrence explained how his company is meeting this challenge.
Flixbus has been expanding its express coach services at a high rate over the last few years, with connections reaching through into Europe as far as Ukraine. With the north of England long being frustrated by a lack of rail development, could the operator’s express services help to fill the gap? Andreas discussed what his company is providing to the region.
While Manchester is the first city region to take advantage of the opportunity presented by new government legislation to bring in a franchised bus model for its public transport network, the Liverpool region has been strongly considering such a model itself. Matthew provided the authority’s perspective on reforming buses – which direction will it take?
Ben Gilligan is currently at the helm of East Yorkshire Buses, which has been part of the Go-Ahead Group since 2018, though the operation has a rich history stretching back almost a century. The operator has undertaken a significant restructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Ben provided an update on what this means for the iconic company.
The bus industry may be more ‘analogue’ than many industries, but a digital asset management strategy is still an important consideration, as Adam Cross and Lee Sands explained.
Over several years at the helm of the bus and coach industry’s major industry body, Graham has been heavily involved in discussions about the industry’s future, with colleagues, government and other stakeholders. His knowledge of challenges facing the industry across the north of England was insightful.