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    • by Dr Stephen Hickey
      Chair of the Board of Trustees

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    Transport has never been more important and the debates about its future have never been more lively.  Community transport is vital for people and communities across the country, and it’s our job here at the CTA to make sure that its voice is heard.

    This year we’re holding our annual Westminster Conference on 25 November. The venue, One Great George Street, is in the heart of Westminster and is a perfect place to put community transport front and center. We’re going to be showcasing a fantastic line up of speakers including Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport; Dr. Jon Lamont, Chief Executive, Transport for Greater Manchester; David McNeill, Director of External Affairs, Transport for London; Rachael Gilbert, Buses and Taxis Division, Department of Transport; Debra Charles, CEO, Novacroft; Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the LGA’s Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board; and many more.

    For a full list of speakers, take a look at our programme.

    The conference is a chance for our members and others working in the CT sector to discuss current issues with those at the forefront of policy and decision making. What is the latest thinking on safety and training for the sector?  What is the future of regulation, following recent EU challenges?  What are the implications of the spending review, delegation initiatives and forthcoming busses legislation?  How do the national policy challenges relate to the day-to-day issues already facing members on the ground, and what messages should we be sending to the policy makers?  This is an opportunity to exchange ideas across the sector,  with colleagues in community transport and with local and national government.

    The day will also foster discussion amongst our member and supporters: sharing stories and ideas and discussing where we see community transport heading in the future. There’ll be panels on how we can re-imagine local transport as well as whether community transport can, or should, be fun as well as functional. Our lineup of speakers will be leading these discussions, making for an informative and energetic day of debate.

    As well as the main sessions, the day will enable networking opportunities and the chance to continue the discussions informally and exchange local experience.

    The price of attendance is £125 for CTA members and £165 for non-members which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. You can book your place here.

    So, please, whether you’re a community transport operator or involved in the sector in another capacity, join me and the rest of the Community Transport Association team on 25 November for what promises to be an important and informative day for all those in the CT community.

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