Programme & Agenda for regional meeting – West of England

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Public Transport Consortium Regional meeting & Study Tour to the West of England 7th and 8th September 2017

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.
The current timetable is as follows:
Thursday 7th September Hotel Following lunch and arrivals

Welcome to the West of England:
Welcome for delegates speaker to be confirmed. 1400-1600 approx Introduction to the West of England Combined Authority-Speaker from WECA WoE Joint Transport Study – Lead Officer Break Transport Projects MetroBus and MetroWest –rail Lead Project Officers A Growing Bus Market- Andy Strong, Public Transport Manager, Bath & NE Somerset Council NB-All presentations to include opportunities for questions and answers
pm Consortium Business Dinner Friday 8th 0915 approx Leave hotel to travel to Hitachi depot in Stoke Gifford. Officers on board to answer questions and point out projects en route. Hitachi Visit hosted by Depot Team Return by coach to hotel commentary en route Approx 1200 Delegates depart

The final programme is available: Final Programme 290817

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  1. Counillor Roger Hutchinson says:

    I just wanted to say thank you to the Consortium and Officers from the West of England Councils for the content and organisation of this event which, whilst I am local, contained lots of information on the various projects in our area and was well received by other members of the Consortium who attended. Thanks also to Hitachi for a first class visit and their hospitality extended to us all.
    In my experience our study tours always tend to be very beneficial and hopefully more members will be interested in attending next year wherever that might be.

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