Buses Conference

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The Public Transport in the North conference took place at Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Manchester Piccadilly from September 12-13. The event was organised by Buses Magazine and its sister publication Modern Railways, with the first day dedicated to rail and the second to buses.

Manchester was an ideal venue for this first northern conference, because of the imminent launch of the Bee Network. The first tranche of this publicly controlled bus system, replacing a deregulated market in place in Manchester since 1986, went live on September 24.

Naturally, much of the conference focussed on its host city, and we were delighted to welcome Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to open the event. He spoke for 40 minutes, answering many delegate questions and established an air of positivity which persisted through the bus day of the event. The opening session also featured Stephen Rhodes and Anne-Marie Purcell from Transport for Greater Manchester, Zachery McAskill from Stagecoach Manchester and Nigel Featham from Go North West. Featham provided one of the standout presentations of the day, detailing his company’s brilliant Elite Bus Driver Training Academy recruitment campaign.

The second session of the day involved Ben Wakerley from Warrington’s Own Buses and Philip Kershaw from EO Charging, who both spoke about the process of establishing a new electric bus depot. Matthew Goggins from Liverpool City Region, a likely bus franchising location in the near future, also spoke.

The final session of the day included Andreas Schörling of Flixbus, Matthew Lawrence of Alexander Dennis, Ben Gilligan of Easy Yorkshire Buses and Adam Cross and Lee Sands fro Hexagon ALI / Sapphire Systems, with CPT CEO Graham Vidler concluding the event, with a talk on improving bus service under any regulatory mode.

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Presentations from past conferences

Inspiring the next generation to join the industry - Zachary McAskill

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.

Delivering zero emission bus fleets - Alexander Dennis

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's sustainability initiatives and commitment to transport in the north - Andreas Schörling

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.

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