Matt Greener - Arriva Group Head of Fleet
David Brown, Managing Director Arriva UK Trains
Jana Siber, Managing Director Mainland Europe
Angelo Costa, Managing Director of Arriva Italy.
I was delighted to be invited to speak at the DevoConnect Northern Transport Summit this afternoon on what is needed to make a success of the National Bus Strategy. Following my opening remarks, I shared a panel discussion with Dan Jarvis MP, the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Transport Focus, the Campaign for Better Buses for Manchester, the Confederation of Passenger Transport, the Campaign for Better Transport and the DfT.
The tens of thousands of passionate men and women that work on Britain’s railways have much to be proud of. In the years since privatisation, passenger numbers more than doubled before Covid-19 and the passenger experience has been revolutionised with thousands of new trains with the latest onboard services. Throughout the pandemic also, our people went above and beyond, enabling key workers to make vital journeys and keeping people and communities connected. I firmly believe that the railway exists to serve its passengers and keep communities connected, in good times and bad. That is why I was delighted to welcome the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.
Can we recover from COVID-19 while also building back greener?
Paul O’Neil commenting on the National Bus Strategy
Listening to the comments of the UK Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris at the Rail Recovery Conference this morning, I was heartened to hear recognition for the essential role that rail will play in the economic recovery of the UK as we emerge from Covid restrictions. The way the sector responds and brings passengers back to its services will be critical in a world which has changed.
Liz Benison - Arriva Managing Director Mainland Europe in conversation with Mohamed Mezghani (UITP). Exploring the role of public transport in the wake of Covid - the importance of building passenger confidence, what the research tells us about the risk of infection while travelling and our ambition to build back better and greener.
Chris Burchell, Managing Director, Arriva UK Trains