Asking difficult questions

first_imgWhy don’t bus services connect better with trains? 
Is public transport good value for money?
 Has better air quality dropped off the agenda?
These are three of the key questions that will be addressed by a two-day conference, networking event and exhibition being staged this summer in Nottingham.With the keynote address being provided by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, it will also include the rare chance to hear from speakers including controversial taxi company Uber, and Community Transport Association CEO Bill Freeman.Intermodal, on 21-22 June at the Nottingham Conference Centre, is expected to attract considerable attention because it covers all transport modes under one roof, and has high-quality presenters.Intermodal uses the Midlands as a backdrop for case studies on bus, tram and rail integration strategies and the implementation of the latest technologies, as well as exploring good practice from other UK cities and overseas.The first day includes presentations about wireless inductive charging and fuel cell technology, alongside a debate on ‘where next for the UK bus market’ including senior figures from Wellglade, Stagecoach, National Express, Systra, ADL and Optare.The role of community transport will also be under the spotlight, alongside a panel debate about how devolution will change transport dynamics.Uber GM Mathieu Proust will argue that Uber is “complementary, not competition,” while David Sidebottom of independent watchdog Transport Focus will set out what passengers really want.In total, there is a choice of 48 debates, case studies and presentations, delivered by 63 speakers and panel guests.The event is supported by a number of partners, including Keolis. Alistair Gordon, CEO of Keolis UK, says: “The challenges facing urban and regional transport are critical to cities’ prosperity. From our experience, a platform for this growth can only come through the development of efficient integrated networks – that is why we are delighted to support this important event and share our expertise.”Details at

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