Buses: Driving Britain’s Economy


Friday 16 October 2015

Britain has an opportunity to harness the potential of the bus to help our economy and society prosper, while at the same time deliver environmental benefits.

During the Bus Priority Works campaign, which brought together an unprecedented coalition of transport groups, Greener Journeys launched essential research for local decision makers, A Roadmap to Growth, which set out the importance of investment in local bus infrastructure.

The case for such investment, based on our work with KPMG LLP, is strong. When such measures are well designed, implemented and enforced in the right locations, transport networks as a whole work more efficiently delivering clear benefits for the economy and the environment. This research made a detailed study of three local projects in West Sussex, Mansfield, and South East Hampshire, demonstrating services that are more accessible, more safe and more reliable.

Earlier this summer, Greener Journeys, along with pteg and the Campaign for Better Transport, developed A fair deal for bus users which set out why it is vital to sustain the current level of grant funding from central Government to avoid a crisis in bus services, on knock on impact on our economy and society.

In the run up to the Spending Review these fringe events will provide an invaluable forum for discussing sustainable bus funding, and how local bus infrastructure can drive forward economic growth.

These fringe events are by invitation only, if you would like to attend or find out more please contact kirsty.walton@transporttimes.co.uk.


Tuesday 29th September 2015
08:00-09:00 Holiday Inn, Brighton (outside secure zone)

Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (invited)
Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (chair)
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
David Brown, Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group Plc
Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

Tuesday 6th October 2015
08:00-09:00 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester (outside secure zone)

Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (chair)
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
Giles Fearnley, Managing Director, UK Bus, FirstGroup
Robert Hough, Chair, Liverpool City Region LEP
Mike Blackburn, Chairman, Greater Manchester LEP (invited)

Friday 16th October 2015
12:30-13:30 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) (inside secure zone).

Drew Hendry MP, Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Transport)
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
Robert Montgomery, Managing Director, Stagecoach UK Bus