26th Nov 2009
Our highly respected Annual Buses Conference will once again focus on the critical issues facing the bus industry over the next few years, with prolific industry speakers conveying their thoughts and strategies on the way forward.
A growing number of healthy bus networks with high levels of passenger satisfaction give local authorities and operators much to be applauded for. But this task will become increasingly challenging in the face of such a shifting landscape – a growing market of pensioners has to be carried and paid for, the way bus subsidy is funded must be workably reformed and implemented soon, the introduction of a Quality Contract is yet to be realised and evaluated; and competition in the market outside London may be subject to change by the OFT. All these issues must be grappled with in a new and difficult economic climate which itself, brings with it harsh new operating realities.