February 28 2023

CPT has launched a new Cost Monitor, specifically for coach operators.  The CPT Cost Index that successfully tracked industry costs before the pandemic, whilst open to all, was geared towards bus operators, so the new Cost Monitor is a welcome step forward for the coach sector. The new coach version will sit alongside the recently launched Bus Cost Monitor. 

The new highly sought-after Cost Monitor for coaches will allow operators to benchmark their costs and performance anonymously against their peers, as well as inform CPT’s policy discussions with governments and industry stakeholders.  It recognises the differences between bus and coach operations and how they are costed. 

Keith McNally, Operations Director at CPT, said: 

“To help inform the new Cost Monitor for coaches, and ensure the most accurate data possible, we are calling on operators to supply a week’s data from both February and June 2022.  

“Once collated, we can use up to date evidence to better influence government on the economic climate our members are operating in, as well as share with CPT members to help them run their businesses more efficiently.  And of course, the Monitor will track movements in industry costs, enabling local authorities and others to increase contractual payments by appropriate amounts.”  

As with the previous Cost Index, the analysis of the change in costs will be updated on a twice-yearly basis and be split by region.  

CPT is also working with industry data specialists 2FM, owners of the Bus Industry Monitor database, to collate the information and ensure individual operator data is protected. 

If you would like more information or details of how to submit data for your operations, please contact operations@cpt-uk.org.  The deadline for initial submissions is 13 March.