The bus and coach industry will be out in force at the NEC Birmingham this week – checking out the next wave of vehicles, technology, equipment, accessories and services launching onto the European market at Euro Bus Expo 2016.
Millions of people across Europe rely on using buses and coaches every day. In the UK, for example, no other public transport comes close to matching the number of passenger journeys taken by bus or coach each year. Getting passengers where they want to go is just part of the journey. Operators that can be quick to adapt to their customers’ changing needs and expectations have much to gain. Innovative sourcing and keeping up-to-date with the latest product developments and insights is key, and, as the industry’s biggest showcase of the year, Euro Bus Expo is the “must attend” event to do just that.
Among them are representatives from all the UK and Ireland’s major bus and coach operators, including National Express, Stagecoach, First Bus, Arriva, The Go-Ahead Group, Metroline, Eurolines, Abellio, Transdev, RATP Group, The Wellglade Group, Translink, Bus Eireann, Lothian Buses, Oxford Bus Company, Shearings, Centrebus, Diamond Bus, National Holidays, Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Co, Reading Buses and Tower Transit, plus hundreds of independents.
“Euro Bus Expo is a great place to keep you updated with the innovations in the industry. It’s great for networking with current and future suppliers and to introduce new members of our purchasing team to create long lasting relationships,” says Will Adshead-Grant, UK bus head of engineering procurement at FirstGroup.
“Euro Bus Expo is a must attend event for those seeking solutions to today’s opportunities and challenges in the passenger transport industry,” says James Higlett, head of technical strategy and innovation at Arriva.
“Euro Bus Expo is my one chance to see what the market has to offer all under one roof, and to see the latest technology advances in our industry,” says Philip Pannell, service delivery director at Yellow Buses RATP Group.
“Euro Bus Expo is the event we use to explore new sourcing opportunities, and to keep up to speed on new market entrants across a number of categories. It is always a worthwhile exercise,” says Chris Quinlan, procurement manager at Dublin Bus.
“Having been in the bus industry for 40 years and attended many shows, I still get excited to see the latest innovations that are coming through, together with networking with like-minded people in the industry, exchanging thoughts and solutions. I look forward to visiting,” says Jon Batchelor, general manager at Abellio Surrey.
“Euro Bus Expo delivers a preview of what suppliers have to offer for the future. Being visionary in outlook, I am really looking forward to being pleasantly surprised,” says Jane Cole, MD of Blackpool Transport.
“I have been visiting Euro Bus Expo (and Coach & Bus UK) since 1989, both as a visitor and exhibitor. It is, without doubt, the only place you can go to visit all of the suppliers you will ever need to, all under one roof,” says Andy Nixon, general manager at Clarkes of London Coaches.
Euro Bus Expo 2016 will feature 291 exhibitors representing every link of the supply chain for coach, bus and minibus operation.
120 vehicles beeing showcased at Europe’s biggest bus and coach event of the year
Tuesday 1 November marks the return of Euro Bus Expo – the biggest European trade event for the bus and coach industry this year.
Opening at 9.30am at the NEC Birmingham , the three day show will bring together thousands of bus and coach operators, local authorities and stakeholders with 291 leading exhibitors. For 2016, there is over 10,000 sqm of vehicle space – transforming Hall 5 (and its outdoor display area) into a giant showcase of the best that this vibrant industry has to offer.
Supported by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) trade association, the 2016 event is expected to welcome over 9,500 key industry buyers and decision makers from across Europe
“Over the three day show we will all get the chance to catch up with industry friends and colleagues, and hopefully make some new ones along the way. But the real focus of the show comes with seeing all the fantastic new vehicles and products on display. This demonstrates the energy and innovation the bus and coach sector stimulates,” says Simon Posner, CEO of the CPT UK.
“All the latest mini, midi and full size buses and coaches from leading manufacturers and dealers will be on display, including ultra low and zero emission vehicles – hybrid, electric and gas powered. So operators looking to update or add to their fleets can evaluate a variety of specifications and configurations,” says event director Helen Conway.
“Buying a new coach or bus is no small investment. Being able to compare what’s on offer in the market place, and get advice and inspiration to ensure you make the best decisions for your business, is what makes Euro Bus Expo such an exciting and invaluable experience to the thousands of visitors that attend,” she says.
120 vehicles on show for 2016
Mercedes-Benz, Alexander Dennis, Volvo Group (UK), MAN Bus & Coach UK, Irizar UK, Wrights Group, Scania (Great Britain), Optare, Rescroft, VDL Bus & Coach, Minis to Midis, Van Hool, Unvi Bus and Coach, Beulas, Yutong, EVM Direct, Temsa Global, B.A.S.E, Indcar, Sitcar, BYD Europe, Otokar Europe, Connaught PSV, Iveco Bus, Advanced KFS Special Vehicles, Swansea Coachworks, and Meridian Coachworks will all be displaying their latest vehicles at Euro Bus Expo 2016.
The show’s opening day Master Class Theatre line-up now includes Lord Snape from the Labour Party, who will be sharing his perspective on the Bus Services Bill now that it has completed its passage through the House of Lords
Transport Legislation, hosted by Lord Snape, Member of the House of Lords, will take place at 11am on Tuesday 1 November.
The Transport Minister for Buses, Andrew Jones MP, will give his address on the Bus Services Bill on Thursday 3 November (at 10.15am) in the first session of the day.
Andrew Jones said: “People rely on good bus services, which can help cut congestion and deliver better journeys, helping them get around and get on.
“I am determined to get more people on buses and improve their journeys, and our plans will give local authorities a range of powers to do so.”
Free visitor registration
Euro Bus Expo opens at the NEC Birmingham on 1-3 November. For more information, and to register for a free ticket, please visit www.eurobusxpo.com.
For more information, and to register for a free ticket, please visit www.eurobusxpo.com.