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Quality pays as customer service and innovation rewarded in the UK Awards (21 November 2017)

Bus companies, local government and suppliers across Britain are celebrating their success in the 2017 UK Bus Awards, which this week announced the winners of its 22nd annual competition at a glittering ceremony before over 710 industry movers and shakers at Troxy In London’s Docklands. 


Go South Coast was named UK Bus Operator of the Year in 2016, having earlier been victorious in the closely-fought contest for the title of Top Shire Operator. In addition, the company’s Eastleigh depot scooped the Gold Award in the contest to find the UK’s Top National Bus Depot – a unique hattrick for the business.


Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company won the Silver Award in the overall contest, after being named as Top City Operator. Brighton were also given a Special Commendation in the Sustained Marketing Excellence category for publishing their best-selling Bus Times guide to the city’s bus services for the last 30 years. More>>

Employment training from Backhouse Jones (19 October 2017)

Backhouse Jones is offering two employment training courses geared towards operators who want to refresh their knowledge of disciplinary and grievance procedures, how to manage absenteeism and understand the ramifications that poor employee management may have on their O licence. 


The courses will take place as follows:


  • Thursday 9 November, 09.30-12.00 noon, Clitheroe
  • Thursday 23 November, 09.30-12.00 noon, Central London


The cost is £199 + VAT per delegate.  For further information or to book your place please contact Backhouse Jones on 01254 828 300 or email Chloe West.

routeone Awards 2017: winners announced  (5 October 2017)

The UK’s best bus, coach, and minibus operators were revealed last night (4 October) at the prestigious routeone Awards 2017, which took place at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham; following the first day of Coach & Bus UK.

Stagecoach, Arriva UK Bus, Go North East, Go South Coast, Go-Ahead London, Homeward Bound Travel, Horseman Coaches, Plymouth Citybus, Golden Boy Coaches, Pulham & Sons (Coaches), The Kings Ferry, Ensignbus, and Easton’s Holidays, were among the operators to take home awards.


While Stephen Barber, former MD of Wallace Arnold and retired CPT director of coaching, was this year’s recipient of the Special Award for outstanding contribution to the industry. More>>

Road Safety Designs adds BrightAngle triangle  (27 September 2017)

BrightAngle warning triangle can be seen from up to 300 metres away

Road Safety Designs has developed BrightAngle, a warning triangle that has been revolutionised to improve safety.


Its flashing, high-intensity LEDs allow a hazard to be seen from up to 300 metres away, in all weathers and at all times of the day and night. The warning triangle helps road users to stay safe when a vehicle is stopped at the side of the road.


Even during daylight, stationary vehicles may not be visible until it is too late, and using a warning triangle can reduce the collision risk. More>>

3rd annual Highways UK event returns to Birmingham (21 September 2017)

CPT is pleased to support this year’s Highways UK event which returns to the NEC on 8 and 9 November. With more content, exhibitors and delegates than ever before, this really is a key event for both the people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, operating and future-proofing of the UK's road network. 


The 2017 event includes 'Highways People', a seminar devoted to the industry's skills and diversity issues called, the Safer Highways UK Conference and the launch of the Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge. Most of the Highways UK event content is FREE, but if you would like to attend the Highways UK or Highways People conferences then you will need to book in advance and you can do so via the above link.  CPT members are entitled to a 20% discount on the standard conference rate - just enter the promotional code HWYCPT when booking. For more information please visit Highways UK.

Coach & Bus UK 2017: full theatre line-up confirmed  (21 September 2017)

Go-Ahead, Stagecoach, First Bus, Grey’s of Ely, Travel de Courcey, and Lucketts Travel are confirmed participants in The Theatre, sponsored by SmartDrive Systems, at Coach & Bus UK, taking place at the NEC on 4-5 October. Representatives from CPT, Transport Focus, and the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Focus Desk have also confirmed. 


CPT President Ian Luckett said: “We always keep our diaries free for Coach & Bus UK, as it gives us the opportunity to see many of our suppliers in one place, and to learn about some of the new technologies emerging in our industry – definitely worth the time!”   Full session details are available here

Optare wins biggest-ever export to Australasia  (21 September 2017)

Optare has secured its biggest-ever Australasian export order, with a £21m deal to supply 114 Metrocity buses to Tranzit Group, whose MD Paul Snelgrove describes the purchase as a “no brainer.” Tranzit is one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators, and the buses will be used in and around Wellington, the capital city.

Optare, the UK’s third-largest bus manufacturer, will deliver the first buses in March 2018, with final deliveries by July 2018.


The Euro 6 buses will be built at Optare’s Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire plant.

The deal is one of the largest in the business’ 100 year history and will provide ongoing security to the firms 300-strong workforce after a volatile few years for the bus manufacturing industry and the added uncertainty presented by Brexit, it adds. More>>

Crowdfunded app goes to Reading  (2 August 2017)

A positive breakthrough for public transport in the south of England – that’s how a new bus travel app is being described by Reading Buses. At the launch of the new crowdfunded bus app, Reading Buses CEO Martijn Gilbert, said it was a ‘groundbreaking solution’ that will bring a new dimension to affordable travel beyond the traditional local bus network, leading to many more journey opportunities.

The new technology, a smartphone app called VAMOOZ, has been created by Harrogate-based Transdev Blazefield, which launched the concept with three sold-out trips to the One Love Manchester concert. More>>

Bike Hotspot helps reduce conflict with cyclists  (26 July 2017)

Safety specialist Sentinel Systems has added a new warning sign to the Bike Hotspot product to further reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and large vehicles.

The ultra-bright LED sign gives cyclists approaching the rear of a vehicle a clear warning that it is about to turn left.


It uses sensors fitted on the nearside of the vehicle and it activates at speeds below 10mph. Sensors are linked to a choice of alarm, including in-cab sounds, LED lights and an external speaker. More>>

Prospect Coaches takes delivery of PR17 CPT  (18 May 2017)

 Prospect Coaches yesterday took delivery of the latest edition to its fleet – a Plaxton Elite Volvo B11R Euro VI vehicle with the registration plate PR17 CPT.


Ros Hadley, Director of Prospect Coaches said: “It has become something of a tradition that we “name” our vehicles after family and friends, and even our treasured pets! CPT has always given us great service and we find the help and support we receive invaluable. We regard the CPT team as true friends to our company so we felt it was a fitting tribute to name our latest acquisition after our trade body. The new Elite joins its sister Elite which carries Ros in its registration plate. All our new vehicles have alcolocks, CCTV, wi-fi and many other extras fitted as standard.”

Engineering Manager and Workshop Supervisor training (11 May 2017)

CPT partners Lloyd Morgan Group is offering an Engineering Manager course on 18 and 19 May in Cannock, Staffordshire. The course deals with the pressures that can be placed upon an engineering function, both internally and from external sources such as DVSA. The course will give the manager a good understanding of how to improve their department and how this will help the organisation as a whole achieve its aims and objectives.


Spaces are also available for a 1 day Workshop Supervisor Course on 17 May, also in Cannock. For further information, including price, please telephone 01543 897535 or email Sharon Franks.