The Future of Quality Bus Transit for our Changing Cities

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BRT UK is proud to announce details of our 2018 conference which is being delivered in partnership with Landor Links and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

With prices starting from £175 per person this one day conference offers a fantastic opportunity to hear from and speak with co professionals, clients and manufacturers from across the industry.


Places are limited to please make sure to book your place as soon as possible.

A few select sponsorship opportunities remain. For more information please contact

An introduction to this years conference 

Amid growing concerns over air quality, congestion and the desire to support the growth of cities, great and small, the role of public transport is being reimagined, and devolved governance is raising ambition. A new generation of major urban transport projects are coming on stream; many more are under development. Quality Bus Transit is for all those who plan, promote, design, build and operate these schemes.


09.00 Registration – Tea & Coffee Served Upon Arrival

Session 1 – Transforming a Passenger Transport Network

09.45 Welcome – Alan Bailes, Chairman, BRTuk

09.50 Morning Keynote Speech – Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands

10.05 The Role of Sprint in the West Midlands – Steve McAleavy, Director of Customer Experience, Travel for West Midlands

10.25 Delivering Sprint – Angela Hosford, Head of Sprint, Travel for West Midlands

Followed by Q&A session

11.00 Morning break – Tea & Coffee Served

Session 2 – Trends Transforming Urban Transport

11.25 New Mobility Trends – What do they mean for Passenger Transport? Toby Thornton, Associate, WSP

11.40 Driverless Buses and Vehicle Innovations – John Birtwistle, Head of Policy, UK Bus Division, FirstGroup

11.55 Platforms for Seamless Integration – Michael Hart, Director, VIX

12.10 Very Light Rail – John Seddon, Head of Transport and Innovation, Coventry City Council

12.25 Demand Responsive Passenger Transport – Managing the First and Last Mile Garry Moran, Country Manager, ArrivaClick

Followed by Q&A session

13.00 Lunch Break – Refreshments Served

Session 3 – Major Projects Review

14.00 – Reports on Current Operations, Expansion Proposals and New Schemes

Bristol – MetroBus One Year On Pete Woodhouse, Group Manager, Sustainable Transport, Bristol City Council (tbc)

Belfast Glider Project – Robin Totten, Senior Programme Manager and Head of Business Change, Translink

Dublin, BusConnects – Tim Gaston, Head of Public Transport, National Transport Authority

Connecting Leeds – Leeds City Council’s Plans to Double Bus Patronage – Andrew Wheeler, Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme Manager & Simon Pope, Associate Director, WSP

London Update – Zoe Vidion, Lead Sponsor (South London & Bus Priority), Transport for London

Followed by Q&A session

15.00 Afternoon break – Tea & Coffee Served

Session 4 – Panel Debate: Great Cities Require Great Public Transport. How Can We Work Together to Develop and Promote Better Schemes

Chair: Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

15.15 Panel to debate with audience participation

* David Leader, CEO, Transport Investment Ltd (invited)

* Linda McCord, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus & Chair, West Midlands Bus Alliance (invited)

* Peter Plisner, BBC Midlands Transport & Business Correspondent (invited)

Other panelists to be confirmed

Session 5 – Closing Plenary

16.05 Keynote: Quality Bus Transit and Future Transport James Gleave, Strategist, Futurist and Advisor to the Transport Sector