Spring Conference 21st and 22nd March 2012
Lansdowne Place Hotel, Hove

Wednesday 21 March

6pm – Arrival

7pm – Free hot buffet and cash bar open for the evening, including quiz starting at 8.30pm.

Thursday 22 March

7.15am – Optional tour of A259 bus priority measures
See them in action during morning peak period, returning to hotel for breakfast.

8.30am – Breakfast

9.15am – Roger French, Managing Director, Brighton & Hove, and James Freeman, Chief Executive Officer, Reading Transport
Welcome and introduction to the Young Bus Managers Network Conference 2012

9.30am – Mike Cooper, Arriva UK Bus Managing Director
Personal experience of running one of Britain’s biggest bus operators, together with many of the technology-based pioneering initiatives that are being implemented, including mobile ticketing.

10.15am – Refreshment Break

10.45am – Graham Belgum, FirstGroup; James Freeman, Reading Transport; Ian Downie, Volvo;
An interactive panel session on emerging vehicle technologies, with representatives from both operators and manufacturers discussing their experiences and future developments.

12 noon – Lunch

12.45pm – Norman Baker MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, as well as being local MP for Lewes; he is a passionate advocate of public transport.

1.30pm – Brian Higbee, General Manager, Trapeze ITS
Brian has for many years been pioneering the development of real-time information systems, most notably in Brighton, and in London with the huge iBus system, and he reflected on the future developments of real-time information and benefits to operators and to customers.

2pm – Interactive Workshop (including Refreshment Break)
This was an opportunity to apply what we see and learn from the speakers earlier in the day and see how we can put them to use in our respective businesses.

3pm – Closing remarks from Roger French