CPT announces dates for second annual UK Bus & Coach Conference

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The Confederation of Passenger Transport has announced that the second annual UK Bus & Coach Conference will take place virtually on 25 and 26 January 2022, with speakers including Transport Minister Baroness Vere and Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon.

The conference, which is free to CPT members, will be chaired by Robert Jack, Editor of Passenger Transport and is sponsored by Backhouse Jones. Over the two days, sessions will be addressing key issues impacting the bus and coach industry and how these can be tackled, including recruitment and retention of staff, growing domestic tourism, and delivering bus services for left-behind communities.

Delegates will hear first-hand the Government’s vision for buses and coaches from Transport Minister Baroness Vere, followed on day two with a conversation with Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon on what the industry could expect from a Labour Government.

CPT have secured a variety of speakers from different sectors including tourism, behavioural economics and local government, who can bring insight that will challenge delegates to think about how they could do things differently to create improved services for passengers and thrive in a post-Covid world. With the journey to net zero at the top of the industry’s priorities, speakers who work outside of the bus and coach industry will be sharing how their own sectors have faced up to net zero requirements, to see how lessons learned can be applied to the bus and coach industry.

CPT’s Chief Executive Graham Vidler said: “After the success of the 2021 UK Bus & Coach Conference I am delighted to confirm that the dates for the second conference are 25 and 26 January 2022.

“We will again hear from bus and coach industry experts, and we will also be joined by experts from outside the industry, who can share their experiences from their own sectors, to see if their lessons learned can be applied to the bus and coach industry.

“The 2022 conference is a chance for operators to tackle current issues head on and be challenged to think about how they can do things differently to ensure they are playing their part to deliver better bus services for passengers and achieve the UK’s ambitious climate change targets.”

Director of Backhouse Jones Jonathon Backhouse said: “Backhouse Jones are thrilled to be the headline sponsor at this forthcoming conference. The speaker line-up is very impressive with a fascinating range of topics dedicated to helping both the coach and bus sectors navigate the road ahead as hopefully the pandemic begins to have less impact over the coming year.

“Post COP 26 and as the UK embraces a greener future, this conference amongst other issues discusses what this industry can do to assist in tackling the climate change agenda. Backhouse Jones are fully supportive of this initiative and look forward to connecting with delegates across the two days.” 

To register for the conference visit CPT’s website.

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