It was a week of record breaking in Birmingham as visitors to Euro Bus Expo were presented with the very best and latest in design, technology and innovation available in the passenger transport marketplace.
Not only did two government Ministers attend and provide keynote addressesâ€“ an EBE first â€“ but close to 10,000visitors were part of a show that delivered:
- Over 110 vehicles on display worth an estimated 20m
- Record attendance (up 2% on 2012)
- 300 exhibitor stands
- Exhibitors from 16 different countries
- 150m worth of orders placed
- 53 new exhibitors to EBE
- Increased interest in Coach&Bus Live 2015 (70% sold out)
Opening the show, Transport for London’s Director of Surface Transport, Leon Daniels said: “EBE is the number one place to find the solutions to the challenges [in your business] that you don’t yet know exist.â€
‘Message to the Minister’ wall proves hugely popular
Bus and coach operators flocked to the CPT stand at EBE in order to leave a personal message for Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.
The various thoughts and comments provided by the industry â€“ which included messages about Concessionary Fares reimbursement, Driver CPC, bus lanes and coach parking â€“ are now being collated and will be sent to DfT officials at Minister House over the next few days.
Baroness Kramer pays CPT a visit
Baroness Kramer joined the CPT team at EBE on Thursday to learn all about the latest goings-on at the bus and coach industry’s trade association.
As well as paying particular attention to the messages left on the special ‘Message to the Minister’ wall, the noble Baroness also discussed with Christopher Nice (pictured) the key role that smartphone and app technology has to play in helping older and disabled passengers accessing buses and service information.