UK Bus, Coach and Finance Round-Up: UK Bus Summit, rural bus service threats, First Bus’ new director
The QEII Conference Centre, Westminster will host the second UK Bus Summit on February 11, 2016. The keynote address will be made by Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, whose responsibilities include transport aspects of the Northern Powerhouse agenda
The BBC reports that campaigners have warned that council budget cuts in both England and Wales spell disaster for rural bus services. It follows the release of research by the Campaign for Better Transport which says subsidies to routes have been reduced by £78m since 2010, with another £27m under threat this year.
Mistral Bus and Coach chief operating officer Steve Low has delivered his response to the Department of Transport’s Local Bus Market Study. Mr Low states that the study does not necessarily break any new ground but provides a valuable tool as a single document that captures the current market position in advance of the forthcoming ‘Buses Bill’
A five-year programme has been announced detailing a £16.7m boost in maintenance to roads in East Riding – the A1079, A63 and A161 are scheduled benefit within the first year
Transportfocus has said it will hold two events in Manchester during March. The first, on 16 March, from 3-5pm, will consider: “Is bus the missing link in delivering a Northern Powerhouse?” The second, on the same date between 5:30pm and 7pm will take a wider public transport view at a drinks and discussion reception event where Transport for the North head David Brown will be present
Students in Aberdeen have taken part in cooking lessons on board the Healthier Scotland Living Bus. It opens up into a kitchen and classroom where food experts give pupils and teachers a taste of quality cooking.
Mistral Group is expanding its team yet again following the appointment of Francesca Bottomley as Sales Team Assistant. It is currently recruiting for a Regional Sales Manager to represent the company in the South West of England.
A new Finance Director was announced for First Bus, reported by www.aberdeenbusinessnews.co.uk. The article said the internal promotion for James Bowen came after eight years in the company from his position as Regional Finance Director in South England and Wales.