This autumn the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) launches a major initiative that improves the trade association’s service to its coach operator members in the regions.
Starting with the Yorkshire Region, a programme of one-day conferences are being rolled out across the country and the success of the first two endorses the CPT’s determination to put coaching issues at the top of the agenda.
These regional conferences replace the very successful and long-established annual Coaching Conference that has been held at Volvo’s UK headquarters in Warwick, though for 2014 it was hosted at CPT’s Drury House in London.
The move to regional events is geared to not only make the conference content more accessible to a wider range of operators no matter where they may be located, but also put an important focus on coaching.
CPT’s seven Regional Managers have worked closely with members in their areas to ensure the content of each conference is distinctive and highly relevant to coach operators, while the events are also designed to provide a forum for members’ views to be expressed.
First up was the Yorkshire Regional Coaching Conference followed by the North Western Coaching Conference. Others will be held in the first half of 2015.
Yorkshire Regional Manager Keith McNally arranged a conference praised for its significance to coaching. It included contributions from Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney, DVSA and the organisers of the celebrations to mark 800 years of the Magna Carta, which are sure to be a major draw for groups travelling by coach in 2015.
Meanwhile the North Western Regional Coaching Conference, which is co-ordinated by Regional Manager Sue Mullen, had tourism by coach as its main theme. John Shaw of Travellers Choice and Chris Bowness of Reays Coaches were among those who applauded the event for its interest and relevance.