Conference programme

Please note that the programme is currently under development and subject to change


Tea and coffee served in the exhibition area


Guiders at Elland Road P&R are onsite to answer questions and do 10 minutes tours. 


Session 1 – Healthy Economic Development and the role of Quality Bus

10.00 Welcome – Alan Bailes, Chairman, BRTuk

Bus Strategy in West Yorkshire

Liz Hunter, Head of Transport Policy, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Connecting Leeds and transforming travel: a strategic overview

Gary Bartlett, Chief Officer, Highways and Transportation, Leeds City Council

Leveraging a Public Transport Investment Programme

John White, Civil Engineering Manager, Leeds City Council and Simon Pope, Technical Director, WSP

10.50 Q&A session


Morning break – Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Session 2 – Unlocking investment, model shift and improving air quality

Chair: Alan Bailes, Chairman, BRTuk

11.30 Park & Ride. Why is it working in Leeds?   

Paul Foster, Head for Public Transport Strategy, Leeds City Council

11.45     Cambridge and Cambridgeshire

Andrew Munro, Project Manager, Greater Cambridge Partnership

12.00     BRT and Rapid Transit in Southampton, Portsmouth and Fareham-Gosport

Andrew Wilson, Head of Integrated Transport, Hampshire County Council

12.15     Using a Workplace Parking Levy to fund better buses

Jon Parker, Managing Director, ITP

12.30     Questions and Discussions

12.40     What future does MaaS have in the UK?  

Beate Kubitz, Editor 3rd Annual MaaS Survey


Lunch break – Refreshments served in the exhibition area


Session 3 – Optimizing assets and systems

Chair: Tanya Neech, UK Sustainability Officer, Scania (Great Britain) Ltd    

14.00 Linking Buses, with Train, with People: the Go-Ahead Billion Journeys Project

Patrick Warner, Head of Innovation, Go-Ahead 

14.15 Next generation in-vehicle technology:  efficient driver assist systems and anti-bunching systems.

Shaun Miller, Irizar e-mobility & Mikel Aguirre, Datik

14.30 Priority and Procurement: Bus Traffic Light Priority and the new Dummies Guide to Procurement.

Tim Rivet, Transport and Technology Specialty, General Manager RTIG-INFORM               

14.45 In pursuit of the ultimate bus app.

Travel West Midlands / Jonathan Raper, CEO, Transport API

15.00 Questions and discussion


Afternoon break – Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Session 4 – Panel Debate

15.40 Panel to debate with audience participation   Building bus systems and bus infrastructure to help mitigate the climate emergency

Chair: Colin Brader, Chairman, ITP

Client                                    Dave Pearson, Director of Transport Services, WYCA

Council                                John White, Investment Manager, Leeds City Council

Student                               Antony de Heveningham ITS, University of Leeds

Contractor                          Gareth Farrier, Divisional Director, BAM Nuttall

Operator                            Martin Hirst, Commercial Director, First West Yorkshire

Customers                         Alastair Gordon , Divisional Director, Arup, representing West & North Yorkshire                                                                             Chamber of Commerce

16:30 Closing Remarks     Alan Bailes, Chairman, BRTuk



16.35 - 17:30

Post-event networking reception

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