Blog posts

UK Bus & Coach Conference: Sonya Byers, CEO of Women in Transport

This week’s blog post is from Sonya Byers, CEO of Women in Transport. Sonya gives readers some insight into what her session at the UK Bus and Coach Conference next week will include, from the benefits of a diverse workforce to retaining ta…

2020 recap: A year in review

In our final blog of the year, our Chief Executive Graham Vidler recaps the work CPT along with our bus, coach and supplier members have done throughout the year, from raising the profile of the coach industry to securing funding for essent…

Introduction to scheduling: Richard Sherratt from trentbarton

This week’s blog post is from award-winning scheduler Richard Sherratt from trentbarton. Richard writes about the vital role of schedulers, what they do and how they keep passengers moving.

Translink: Building a Sustainable Recovery

In this week’s blog post Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, writes about Translink being at the forefront of a transport revolution, and their commitment to build back responsibly.


Alison Edwards on the Spending Review 2020

Alison Edwards, CPT’s Head of Policy, recaps the Spending Review 2020 and analyses what the announcement means for the bus and coach industries.

CPT President writes: UK Bus & Coach Conference 2021

In this week’s guest blog post, CPT’s President Steve Whiteway writes about the first ever UK Bus & Coach Conference, and what attendees can expect to see on the day.

Ticketer: Andy Monshaw on the future of bus ticketing

This week’s blog post is from Ticketer’s new CEO, Andy Monshaw. Andy writes about the shift to contactless ticketing, and the exciting road ahead for the deployment of new technologies.

The importance of being ‘bus kind’

This week’s blog post is written by Dawn Badminton-Capps, Bus Users Director for England. Dawn writes about the importance of being kind to each other when travelling by bus so that everyone can feel confident and safe when making their jou…

Why the bus journey of the future must be zero emission

Jo Bamford, Executive Chairman of Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, writes our fourth ‘future of fuel’ blog about the role of hydrogen in creating zero emission transport.

Building a sustainable future with British bus manufacturing

In our third ‘future of fuel’ blog Paul Davies, President & Managing Director of Alexander Dennis Limited, writes about the need for investment in sustainable buses, and how it is vital for the Government to take action.

Irizar Group on the future of low-emission transport

Our second ‘future of fuel’ blog is from Irizar Group, who share their vision for the future of urban transport and the need for working together to make the transition to sustainable mobility.

Pelican Bus & Coach: We believe the future is electric

We kick off the beginning of our ‘future of fuel’ blog series with a blog from Pelican Bus & Coach, all about the latest Yutong technology and the role of electric vehicles in offering customers sustainable travel options.

Alison Edwards on Recovery Partnerships

CPT’s Head of Policy Alison Edwards writes about Recovery Partnerships – what they are, why they’re necessary, and how they can be achieved.

From surviving to thriving: our ticket to recovery

Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First Bus, reflects on 48 years in the bus industry ahead of his retirement this month.

Chalkwell Coaches: Roland Eglinton on adapting to change

Roland Eglinton, Managing Director at Chalkwell Coaches, recaps for CPT the impact of the pandemic on Chalkwell Coaches and adapting to tackle new challenges. Roland is also CPT London and South East Regional representative for Coach Commis…

John Pockett: Wales update

This week’s blog post is an update from CPT Cyrmu Director John Pockett. John recaps the impact of Covid-19 on buses and coaches in Wales, and what might be next for the industries.

Vice-Chair writes: We are united in the passion for our industry

Following on from yesterday’s blog from the Chair of Coach Commission, our new Vice-Chair Kathryn Pulham writes about staying united as an industry, promoting the unique contributions of coach to the UK, and offers some advice to CPT member…

Chair of Coach Commission writes: We must stay passionate about our industry

Duncan Aspinall, Chair of Coach Commission and Director of Holmeswood Coaches, writes about his role as Chair, the vital role of the coach industry in society, and the importance of remaining passionate.

Britannia Bus: Now is the time for a bus renaissance

Derek Taylor, Director of Britannia Bus, writes a guest blog post for CPT about the impact of Covid-19 on Britannia Bus services and operations, working collaboratively with passengers, and challenges facing the bus industry going forwards.…

The partnership panacea; how effective relationships are the key to unlocking cleaner air

Marc Reddy, Managing Director of First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire, writes our fifth clean air themed blog about the importance of partnership working to improve air quality, and that we must remember bus is part of the solution.

Driving towards cleaner air

Our fourth clean air themed blog is by Natalie Littlehales, senior campaigns manager for National Express West Midlands and Coventry. Natalie writes about National Express’ commitments to improving air quality, and how now is the chance to …

A breath of fresh air for Southampton

Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Go South Coast, writes our third clean air themed blog for Clean Air Day, all about Bluestar’s fleet of air filtering buses that are cleaning Southampton’s air.

Redwing Coaches: Euro 6 coaches, the future of clean travel

The second in our series of clean air themed blogs is written by Nigel Taylor, Managing Director of Redwing Coaches. Nigel writes about Redwing Coaches’ investment in Euro 6 vehicles, and the opportunity Clean Air Day presents to educate pe…

CPT’s Alison Edwards: Buses & coaches for cleaner air

Ahead of Clean Air Day on Thursday 8 October, we will be bringing you a series of guest blog posts highlighting the role of buses & coaches in creating cleaner air. First up is CPT’s Head of Policy Alison Edwards, who writes about the i…

Make It York: coach contributions to the historic city

Michelle Brown, marketing manager at Make It York, writes this week’s guest blog for CPT about the vital role coaches play to support tourism in York.

Coaching – A Vital Link in the Tourism Chain

This week’s blog is brought to you by Kurt Janson, Director at the Tourism Alliance. Kurt writes about the vital role of coaches in the tourism chain, and the need for Government to recognise and understand their importance.

Back to school

James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England, writes about what he and the rest of First West of England have been doing to help get children back to school. 

Pulhams Coaches: return of Home to School Transport

Kathryn Pulham, Finance Director at Pulham & Sons Coaches, writes about the return of their home to school transport services, and the work they have put into making sure school pupils can travel safely.

Introduction to Engineering: Katie McGrath from National Express

Katie McGrath, Head of Engineering Excellence at National Express, has written an introduction to engineering, including her role in future-proofing the engineering department, trying new technologies to improve the customer experience, and…

Introduction to Operations: How an Operations team keeps buses moving

This week’s blog is by Kirstie Bull, Assistant Operations Manager at Brighton & Hove Buses. Kirstie writes about the vital role an operations team plays to make sure bus services run smoothly, to keep passengers moving so they can get t…

trentbarton: keeping people moving during covid-19

Kelly Jago is a bus driver for trentbarton who has been nominated as a finalist for The Customer/Passenger Award at the 2020 Amazon Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Kelly has written for CPT about what it is like to be a bus …

Futureproofing passenger transport post-Covid 19

This week’s blog post is brought to you by John Randerson, Managing Director at Mellor Bus. John has written about the challenges facing the road transport sector, futureproofing passenger transport, and Mellor Bus becoming a member of CPT.…

Unlock funding now to preserve British bus manufacturing

Paul Davies, President & Managing Director, Alexander Dennis Limited, writes about the vital need for governments to invest in green vehicles, so we can deliver clean air agendas and build a better future for the next generations.

Partnership is the key to success

Martin Hirst, Commercial Director for First West Yorkshire & First York, has written this week’s guest blog post. Martin writes about the importance of partnership working, using Connecting Leeds as an example of the work being done to …

Blackpool Transport: now is the time to seize our opportunity

Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport, writes about how now is the time to seize the opportunity to make bus travel as appealing and attractive as it always has been, and how Blackpool Transport could work in partnership with …

Buses: part of the solution

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users, writes for CPT about how buses are part of the solution to help clean up our air, free up our roads, and encourage people out of privately-owned cars.

Decarbonising buses will be vital to ensure that the nation ‘builds back better’ faster and without leaving anyone behind

Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, writes for CPT about the vital role buses can play to avoid a return to high levels of congestion and pollution following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ticketer: we’re here to help

John Clarfelt, CEO and Co-founder of Ticketer, has written the latest guest blog for CPT. John provides an overview of the technology and innovation Ticketer has delivered to bus operators over the past few months in response to Covid-19.  …

Bus workers, the forgotten front line

Ralph Roberts, Chair of CPT Scotland and Managing Director of McGill’s Bus Services, writes this week’s blog post for CPT. Ralph recaps the impact the past few months have had on the bus industry, and praises bus workers for all their hard …

Regional manager recap: Andrew McGuinness on the Northern & Yorkshire regions

This week’s blog post has been written by Andrew McGuinness, regional manager for the Northern & Yorkshire region. Andrew has written a recap of how bus and coach operators in this region have been tackling the coronavirus crisis.

Alpine Travel & Jones Holidays are here to help

The latest guest blog post has been written by Christopher Owens, Managing Director at Alpine Travel. Christopher provides a recap of the support Alpine Travel and Jones Holidays have been providing to the local community through their Here…

Keeping buses clean, safe and ready to go

CPT’s latest blog post has been written by Transdev Blazefield CEO Alex Hornby, who recaps what the past few months have been like at Transdev, and talks about getting bus services ready for travel in a post-Covid environment.

Masons Coaches: the time for coach is coming

The latest CPT blog post is written by Candice Mason, general manager at Masons Coaches. Candice provides a recap of her involvement with the Back Britain’s Coaches campaign including multiple media appearances and gaining support from MPs,…

Back Britain's Coaches - success so far

CPT's President Steve Whiteway writes our latest blog post, where he looks back at the last month of Back Britain's Coaches.

We are proud to support all bus workers

Matt Davies, Managing Director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, writes for CPT about the vital role all bus workers have in keeping essential services running.

Praise for the UK’s bus workers

Martin Harris, Managing Director Brighton and Hove buses, writes a blog post for CPT about bus worker support day, which is taking place today.

CPT recap – Back Britain’s Coaches

CPT’s Coaching Manager Andy Warrender writes CPT’s latest blog post, a recap of the Back Britain’s Coaches campaign so far.