15 Feb 2016


With the upcoming UK Bus Bill recently announced by Transport Minister Andrew Jones, the revolution for public transport looks set to continue in 2016. New technologies are leading the way, making our bus networks and vehicles more accessible and passenger-friendly than ever before. With Wi-Fi, accessibility, alternative fuels, smart ticketing and journey planning just some of the projects to become standard with many of the operators.

The new Bus Bill will require companies to share information about routes, fares and timetables, which the Government said will pave the way for new apps to be developed, helping passengers plan their journeys better.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome the Minister’s commitment that passengers should receive better information about their journey with bus operators making data about routes, fares and times more open and accessible. This will make using the bus much easier and will also help to maximise modal shift from cars to buses.”

Smart Ticketing has long been on the agenda offering more convenience and flexibility for passengers, allowing seamless connections across different modes of transport and helping reduce ticket queues and crowding at transport interchanges. The top 5 big UK operators have also announced they will bring contactless travel to every bus in Britain by 2022, with many areas benefiting sooner.

The vehicle manufacturers and commercial suppliers are also developing new technologies to increase the safety and security of passengers, drivers and other road-users; hitting the market hard with driver monitoring tools and CCTV, cycle shields and door safety systems.

With buses playing a significant role in reducing climate change, the manufacturers have also introduced a range of technologies to meet the LCEB criteria (now superseded by the Low Emission Bus scheme).

Over the past 10 years the bus industry in Europe has been testing and investing in alternative fuels such as bio diesel, LPG, Diesel electric Hybrid, Electric, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Hybrid Trolleybuses and cleaner Euro V1 Diesel.    This is obviously high on the agenda across Europe, with the Office of Low Emission Vehicles announcing a £30m Low Emission Bus Scheme to further support the purchase of low and ultra-low emission buses by local authorities and transport operators.

Back in Manchester for Thursday 23 June 2016, the European Bus Forum presents leading figures to showcase their visions and expertise of all of their latest technological initiatives plus debate funding, regulation, scheduling and service design, BRT and DRT systems and passenger demand and expectations.

This one day event, produced by leading public transport title Eurotransport, is a must for anyone working within this sector that wants to learn and network from their peers across Europe. Join a host of vehicle manufacturers, bus operators, transport and local authorities plus government representatives and network in our fantastic exhibition area, showcasing all the latest and very best technologies for the industry.

Sessions will include presentations from the UITP, Scania, TfGM, Alexander Dennis, Van Hool, FirstGroup, Transport for London, Arriva, Stagecoach, City of Copenhagen, Vix, Transport Focus, Faltcom, Barcelona TMB, TransportNI, Spheros and Transport for Scotland, plus many more.

Alongside this is our fantastic gala dinner, held at the Old Trafford football ground on Wednesday 22 June 2016, raising money for much-needed school buses in Kenya.

Find out more and secure your place at www.europeanbusforum.com

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