It would be an under statement dear reader if I did not express to really looking forward to attending the UK Bus summit taking place in the splendid glory of the Queen Elizabeth Conference centre slap bang in the middle of Westminster.
Mind you such an event needs such a prestigious venue as the day sees the coming together of some of the best minds in the Country ,indeed the agenda reads like a who is who of the current great and the good in the UK Bus industry. The range of topic and excellent array of quality speakers can only in my opinion be a good thing. And as usual the day will not shy away from the killer issues that really are at the forefront of the industries challenges, threats, and opportunities.
The scope of the day covered it all from the impending legislation as laid out in the Buses Bill and the real implications of franchising and just what effect that can have on small bus businesses that might lose everything. Through to the tricky question of Brexit and what will that mean for UK-based operators, although in fairness if as is clear the Government do not have a clue how can anyone else really hazard a guess.
The line up included none other than the Transport Minister Andrew Jones who no doubt will give an update on just where the Bill is on its journey through parliament after it got somewhat ambushed by the Peers in the House of Lords. Also presenting is Humza Yusef the Scottish Transport Minister, as well as Val Shawcross the Deputy Mayor for London, so some well placed and senior speakers from across the political divide.
Other hot topics include the vital role that the bus plays in the economic and social life of the communities that they serve as well as the new wave of successful technologies that are now out there, and the scope for improved ticketing and information to enhance the passenger experience.
So, rest assured dear reader chum I will make sure that i keep you fully up to speed on the very latest information.