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

Reforming buses in the Liverpool City Region - Matt Goggins

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?

Reshaping the business post-Covid - Ben Gilligan

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 importance of a digital asset management strategy in the bus industry - Hexagon

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.

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