Future Programme

Regional Meeting & Study Tour 7/8 September 2017: West of England
Draft programme

This autumn will be an interesting time to visit the West of England as it is on the brink of a step change in bus and rail based public transport.  Metro Bus will be about to start operating (First Bristol have recently been announced as the operator of the first route) this will represent a significant increase in quality, reliability, comfort and capacity on the bus network.  The electrification will be intensifying through Bristol Parkway and the new Hitachi trains will be entering service together it is hoped with cascaded diesel trains for the Severn Beach line.

The programme will be a mix of talks and visits with the opportunity to learn about the work being done in the West of England to support the local and regional economy and to address significant capacity issues on road, rail and bus.

A programme of presentations has been planned for Thursday afternoon which will include presentations from the newly formed West of England Combined Authority and the teams involved in delivering rail and bus improvements (the major schemes of MetroBus and MetroWest). There will also be presentations providing an overview of the integrated transport study which the West of England Authorities  started in 2016 to support the development of the West of England up to 2036.

On Friday morning a visit is planned to Hitachi’s depot Stoke Gifford.  The brand-new facility will support and maintain the Class 800/801 trains the company is delivering through Agility Trains for the Department for Transport’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme (IEP). These trains will be running on the Great Western Main Line from the Autumn 2017.

The now completed £80 million depot has been reformatted to service the fleet of bi-mode trains which will now operate on Great Western route.  The facilities are impressive and internal space can accommodate two 5 car trains together. En route to the depot it will be possible to see significant features provided for MetroBus including a bus only two way junction on the M32.  It is proposed that officers will provide an on board commentary for the journey to and from Stoke Gifford.

Plenary Meeting & Annual General Meeting
Friday 10 November 2017

The Annual General meeting this year will take place on Friday 10 November from 1030 until 1300 at the offices of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, Floor 5, 53-64 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1QS.

Agenda and further details to follow