DEMANDS FOR THE NEXT GOVERNMENT

Go-Ahead London Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC EH295 (YX18 KXH) travels along a bus lane on Albert Embankment on January 18, close to the Park Plaza London Riverbank venue of the CPT Conference. The Palace of Westminster is close enough to be seen in the background, yet the event was not attended by the new buses minister. JAMES DAY

The Confederation of Passenger Transport’s annual conference was about as political as I can ever remember, with a huge proportion of the discussion devoted to what the industry would like to see from the next government, as well as what it can realistically deliver.

I have to say I was disappointed by the video presentation from the new buses minister, Guy Opperman. Not turning up to a venue in eyeshot of the Houses of Parliament is not a great look, though of course I understand that MPs have busy schedules and travel all over the country. Less forgivable was the fact the presentation was less than two minutes long, and did little more than state facts about the bus and coach industry to a gathering of professionals from the bus and coach industry. It makes me question why he bothered at all.

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