JAMES DAY provides more highlights from the Public Transport in the North conference, organised by Buses Magazine

Ben Gilligan, managing director of East Yorkshire Buses, spoke candidly about the difficulties faced by the company after the pandemic.

Taking place in Manchester, Public Transport in the North 2023 inevitably had a focus on the Bee Network (see page 28) but other topics were discussed at the event. What follows are some of the highlights.

Zackery McAskill, Stagecoach Manchester

Though Zackery McAskill is head of franchise mobilisation at Stagecoach Manchester, his presentation focussed on attracting young people to the industry.

McAskill said he stumbled across the industry unexpectedly, after his dream of becoming a professional footballer did not work out and he needed to find a new career path. Initially studying law, he found the legal profession boring and learned business management skills instead. He found that the transport industry could offer a career he was interested in.

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