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Quality Bus

23-24 September 2024
Manchester Conference Centre, M1 3BB

Opportunities for a new bus era

Sponsored by:

City Swift
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Supported by:

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Bee Network Transport for Greater Manchester
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Bringing together local authorities, operators, consultancy and service providers to share best practice across the bus sector.


Quality Bus is an event run by the industry for the industry. Produced by the Bus Centre of Excellence and Landor LINKS, this event will share best practice across the bus sector.


The Government is committing funding and policy leadership to improve bus services, and part of this commitment is support for the Bus Centre or Excellence (BCoE).


With the right levels of investment and funding support, buses have the potential to be the workhorses of the public transport network. Good bus services are critical to meeting net zero targets, improving air quality and keeping the UK’s communities connected and accessible.


This event will look at new opportunities for reviving – and creating – vital routes and services, and at the developing role of the BCoE.

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Key themes

Reliable, affordable and regular buses are the difference between opportunity and isolation for millions of people across the country.


This event will showcase new opportunities in bus strategy, policy, funding and innovation. Quality Bus: Opportunities for a new bus era is the premier event for those responsible for designing, planning, supplying and operating quality bus routes and networks.


This event will bring together professionals across the bus sector to showcase how solutions can be delivered across key areas:

  • Improving the passenger experience: information, pricing, convenience, ticketing, vehicles and infrastructure

  • Bus priority schemes / urban traffic management|

  • Partnership working

  • Reducing operator costs

  • Decarbonisation of vehicles

  • Optimising vehicle usage and routing

  • Funding frameworks and economic, operational and business models

  • Rural / peri-urban services and DRT

  • Understanding bus usage and networks: models and data

  • Bus and passenger infrastructure

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Who should attend?


This unique event will bring together local authorities, operators, consultancy and service providers to share best practice across the bus sector. Themes include:



  • Supporting decarbonisation: zero emission vehicles and infrastructure

  • Real-time route planning, route optimisation, carbon footprint reporters and passenger counting solutions

  • Funding frameworks and economic / business models

  • Rural / peri-urban services and DRT

  • Understanding bus usage and networks: models and data

  • Improving the passenger experience: pricing, convenience, ticketing, payments, vehicles, infrastructure

  • Bus priority schemes / urban traffic management / enforcement

  • Seamless, integrated travel between modes and operators

  • Offering simple, convenient and capped ticketing across modes

  • Innovation and digitalisation to change travel behaviours – improving reliability, efficiency and connectivity

  • Data intelligence: improving the flow and capacity of public transport systems

  • Reducing operator costs while improving the passenger experience

  • Journey time planning and bus priority measures

  • Integrating demand-responsive schemes into the wider transport network

  • BRT and mass transit schemes

  • Communications, messaging and branding

  • Improved roadside infrastructure

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Why attend?

Up to 300 delegates will join the event, comprising local authorities and their supply chain advisers, consultants and contractors, bus operators, data and modelling experts, design services and infrastructure suppliers, plus a wide range of bus-related product and service providers (DRT platforms, routing / optimisation software suppliers, infrastructure providers, payment and ticketing services and more).


Buses will play a central role in supporting key transport decarbonisation challenges. They are crucial to reducing congestion and tackling air pollution and climate change. Cost-effective, convenient and appealing services will help convert more people to using buses for more journeys.


Buses are our most used form of public transport – one bus is able to replace up to 40 cars on the road. Buses carry millions of us to work and school; to shops and leisure facilities; to doctors’ surgeries and hospitals; and to friends and family.

Expo rates

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities


Headline Sponsorship Package


  • Company branding on all event collateral, including website, show guide, email communications and advertising

  • Opportunity to present on the programme (topics and themes to be agreed with organisers)

  • Sponsorship of lunch, drinks reception or networking event

  • Large exhibition booth (4m x 2m)

  • Editorial coverage in the build up to and post event

  • 5 delegate places for staff, clients and partners to attend

  • Company profile in the delegate pack and event website – logo and 150 words

£5,000 + VAT

Exhibition Package

  • Exhibition area supplied with table chairs, wi-fi and power supply (3m x 2m)

  • 2 delegate places for staff, clients and partners to attend

  • Company profile in the delegate pack and event website – logo and 150 words


 £3,000 + VAT

Contact Daniel Simpson today on
020 7091 7861 to secure exhibition space or sponsorship packages.

Exhibitors include:


Exhibition Floorplan


Catering tables

Entrance 1

Catering tables

Low Ceiling

B1 - B3

Entrance 2


2m x 2m available stand
3m x 2m available stand

Contact Daniel Simpson today on 020 7091 7861 to secure exhibition space.



23 September 2024


Meet at Pendulum Hotel

Registration necessary: booking options


Please note that event partner Bus Centre of Excellence (BCoE) will be funding a limited number of spaces to attend the Quality Bus event this year on a first-come, first-served basis.


They will however be prioritising local authorities and there will be a maximum of two free tickets per organisation (including optional site visits and tours). If you would like a space, please apply for a place.


Pre-book for
1 of 4 tours


1: Tour of Bolton Weston St. Depot - 1 year on from Franchising

Capacity: 70-80

Meet at Chester Street (Stop C) at 14:00 to catch 36/37 bus heading to the Go North West Bolton Depot.


2: ​Visit to Oldham Depot (Stagecoach) to see electrification works

Capacity: 70-80

Meet at Piccadilly Gardens (Stop A) at 14:10 to catch the 83/84 to Stagecoach Oldham Depot.


3: ​Tour of our new Stockport Interchange

Capacity: 70-80

Meet at Piccadilly Station at 14:15 to catch the 192 bus to New Stockport Interchange


4: Travelsafe Initiative & the TfGM Operational Control Centre

Capacity 60 (4x15/3x20)

Meet at 2 Piccadilly Place at 14:30


Pendulum Theatre
Transport for Greater Manchester seminars

Details to follow




Day 1 optional sessions conclude


24 September 2024


Pendulum Theatre
Morning plenary:

Government bus policy: what’s next?


Morning break 
Tea & coffee served in the Pioneer Room


Pendulum Theatre

Strengthening the focus on passenger growth

Led by Bus Centre of Excellence and and partners

Graphene Suite
The appliance of science: latest tech developments for the bus sector

Details to follow

Cotton Theatre
Local transport authorities: options for managing bus services


Served in the Pioneer Room


Pendulum Theatre

Zero-emission buses: what are we learning from real-life experience on the road?

Details to follow

Graphene Suite

The social network: next steps in the provision of essential mobility

Details to follow

Cotton Theatre
Skills and professional development

Details to follow



Afternoon break 
Tea & coffee served in the Pioneer Room


Pendulum Theatre

Reliable, affordable, regular: buses for all

Details to follow


Event close

Published programme is subject to change. Please check back for the latest updates. For further information contact Juliana O'Rourke


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Leon Daniels

Chair, Advisory Board,
Bus Centre of Excellence


David Leeder

Director and Managing Partner, Transport Investment Limited (TIL)


Stelios Rodoulis

Head of the Bus Centre of Excellence (BCoE)

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Robert Davis

Business Development Manager, Trueform

Delegate Rates

Delegate Rates

Private Sector 


Public Sector 


Book now

Check back soon: We will begin taking bookings when the programme has been published.

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