Buses: Driving Britain's Economy

Transport Times in conjunction with Greener Journeys is staging fringe events at the Labour, Conservative and SNP party conferences which will focus on buses. The events are free to attend but are by invite only; please contact Kirsty Walton ([email protected]) if you are interested in attending.

The Labour and Conservative events are located outside the secure zones whereas the SNP event is located inside the secure zone and therefore you will be required to have a secure zone pass to attend. Refreshments will be provided at each.


Tuesday 29th September 2015

08:00-09:00 Holiday Inn, Kings Road 137, Brighton BN1 2JF

Room: Glyndebourne 1


Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 

Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (chair)

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

David Brown, Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group Plc

Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport


Tuesday 6th October 2015

08:00-09:00 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

Room: Barbirolli


Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (chair)

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

Giles Fearnley, Managing Director, UK Bus, FirstGroup

Robert Hough, Chair, Liverpool City Region LEP


Friday 16th October 2015

12:30-13:30 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), Exhibition Avenue, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL (inside secure zone).

Room: Room 15/16


Drew Hendry MP, Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Transport) 

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

Robert Montgomery, Managing Director, Stagecoach UK Bus

Hosted alongside Greener Journeys, the debate will take buses as the subject. The discussion will include the important role the bus plays in growing local economies and cutting pollution.

About Greener Journeys

Greener Journeys is a campaign dedicated to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. It aims to increase the value of bus and coach travel in stimulating economic growth, reducing congestion and CO2 emissions and enabling access to jobs, retail, leisure and vital services.

Launched in 2009, Greener Journeys is a coalition of Britain's leading bus companies and other supporters including Transport for London, RAC Foundation, Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), and Campaign for Better Transport. Its primary funders are bus companies Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach.

In 2013 Greener Journeys published Bus 2020: A Manifesto for the Next Parliament, a series of three concrete, practical solutions – backed by clear and compelling data – that would allow Government to harness the potential of the bus to generate growth, boost jobs and protect the environment.



  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Giles Fearnley

    Managing Director – UK Bus
    FirstGroup Plc
  • David Brown

    Chief Executive
    Go-Ahead Group Plc
  • Stephen Joseph

    Executive Director
    Campaign for Better Transport
  • Professor David Begg (Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Robert Hough

    Liverpool City Region LEP
  • Drew Hendry MP

    Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader
  • Lilian Greenwood MP (invited)

    Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Robert Montgomery

    Managing Director
    Stagecoach UK Bus