CPT Conference: Evolve to Survive
The 37th Annual CPT Conference shall be held at The Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, PH7 3LQ Scotland on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th September 2012.
As we put together this year’s conference programme there still appears to be little sign of the light at the end of the tunnel of the economic downturn besetting the country. Government and operator budgets are under severe pressure, footfall is down in city centres and cost pressures are taking precedence over environmental concerns for many.
This is reflected in this year’s conference theme.
While recent year’s have considered how to continue to deliver dependable services through a recession or how to retail into recovery from one, this year’s event will address continuing difficult operating conditions head on and discuss how Scotland’s bus industry ‘evolves to survive’.
The conference will take a holistic approach to examining Scottish passenger transport - hearing from a selection of key stakeholders including Sir Brian Souter, Transport Minister Keith Brown and the Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken.
It is clearly not just operators who need to evolve to meet changing needs. Ticketing, funding, passenger needs, service provision and public transport policy are among the many factors we hope to cover; including a panel session tasked with examining whether our very public transport model is fit for purpose.
The CPT Scottish Conference is an opportune occasion to examine the direction of the industry. We do hope you will join us.
- Sir Brian Souter - Stagecoach Group plc
- Steven Salmon - CPT UK
- David Begg - Transport Times
- Patrick Harvie MSP - Scottish Green Party
- Mark Yexley - CPT President
- Keith Brown MSP - Minister for Housing and Transport, SNP
- Claire Haigh - Greener Journeys
- Joan Aitken - Traffic Commissioner for Scotland
- Gillian Merron - Bus Users UK
- plus many more to be confirmed!