Euro Bus Expo, one of the biggest events dedicated to the passenger transport industry opens its doors next week at the NEC, Birmingham.Major bus show to take place in Birmingham next week

Euro Bus Expo, one of the biggest events dedicated to the passenger transport industry opens its doors next week at the NEC, Birmingham.

The three day event will feature every link of the supply chain – from over 100 of the latest vehicles, plus bus interiors, accessories and workshop equipment, to IT solutions, training, legislation updates, and essential business services.

Among the major bus makers exhibiting at the event will be Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), WrightBus, and Volvo Bus, which will be exhibiting its full range of hybrid, electric hybrid and full electric buses.

Over 9,500 key industry buyers and decision makers from across Europe are expected to attend, and entry to the event is free.

VEuro Bus Expo, one of the biggest events dedicated to the passenger transport industry opens its doors next week at the NEC, Birmingham.isitors are encouraged to pre-register at www.eurobusexpo.com

Euro Bus Expo 2016 takes place from November 1-3 at the West Midlands venue, with over 300 exhibitors and a number of new buses and related service industries represented.

As well as the exhibition, the event will feature a seminar programme, covering subjects from the Bus Services Bill, to emissions, contactless payments, talent and business management.

The Master Class Theatre will see representatives form major operators including The Go-Ahead Group, Nottingham City Transport, trentbarton, Reading Buses, FirstGroup and National Express, and will be addressed by Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP on November 3.

“Visiting Euro Bus Expo ?is essential to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations and solutions to help us deliver the very best for customers, employees and shareholders,” said Martin Gilbert, CEO of Reading Buses, who will be one of the speakers in the programme.

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Euro Bus Expo’s free to attend seminar programme includes presentations from technology experts and operators who will address many of the biggest trials facing the sector.  Visit the Master Class Theatre, sponsored by SmartDrive Systems Ltd, to hear from leading industry figures how to prepare your business for the challenges ahead, including the Bus Services Bill, Brexit, devolution and smart ticketing.

The sessions will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Dave Guest, the Master Class Theatre is a must-visit at Euro Bus Expo 2016.

See the full programme below and register to receive updates as they are confirmed!

Click on a speaker’s name to find out more about them.

Tuesday 1 November

11.00 – 11.30

Transport Legislation – a view from the opposition benches
Lord Snape
Member of the House of Lords

12.30 – 1.20

Making partnerships work
John Birtwistle
President, Confederation of Passenger Transport, UK

Mark Fowles
MD, Nottingham City Transport

2.30 – 3.00

Life after the referendum
Steven Salmon
Director of Policy Development, Confederation of Passenger Transport, UK

Wednesday 2 November

10.30 – 11.00

Marketing your business effectively
Jeff Counsell
MD, trentbarton, UK

11.00 – 11.30

Attracting the best talent
Martijn Gilbert
CEO, Reading Buses, UK

12.00 – 12.30

Future prospects for buses & coaches in London
Leon Daniels
MD, Surface Transport, Transport for London, UK

2.00 – 2.45

Panel discussion: The role of bus and coach operators in the new devolved structures
Moderator – Lynda Waltho
Area Director for Midlands, Confederation of Passenger Transport, UK

Panel –  Linda McCord, Transport Focus, UK

Peter Bond, Director of Policy, Transport for West Midlands, UK

Peter Coates, Managing Director, National Express West Midlands, UK

Thursday 3 November

10.15 – 10.35

The Bus Services Bill
Andrew Jones, MP
Transport Minister for Buses, Department for Transport

11.00 – 11.30

Expanding the low emission bus market in the UK
Gloria Esposito
Head of Projects, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, UK

11.45 – 12.15

Introducing the new 12-sided £1 coin
Julie Mason
Industry Communications Manager, The Royal Mint, UK

Rhodri Ryland
Industry Liaison Manager, The Royal Mint, UK

12.30 – 1.00

Rolling out contactless payments – the journey so far
Martin Dean
Managing Director, Bus Development, The Go-Ahead Group plc

2.00 – 3.00

Accessing our cities – Park & Ride, making them work

ATCO

Richard Smith
ATCO, Bath & NE Somerset Council; UK

Nicola Phillips
ATCO, Bristol City Council, UK