Meetings

We are currently meeting on Zoom – though we hope to get back to face-to-face meetings when we can. We will probably still have many of our speakers joining us online and we hope to have the facility for others to also join via the internet.

Once face-to-face meetings resume, we will be at West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

Anyone is welcome to come along to see what our meetings are like – but we ask people to join us if they want to continue to attend.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5.30.

Our last meeting

Our last meeting, on Tuesday 20th September, was a chance for members to voice their concerns about threatened bus cuts and to explain what any cuts would mean to them personally. Our meeting came after the Government’s announcement of the extension to the covid funding for bus operators – so we knew there had been a temporary reprieve. However, there was still a lot to discuss.

One of the services which has been affected recently is the York/Leeds Zap. Earlier in the year it was cut from a half-hourly service to an hourly one. This was extremely disappointing and worrying since an hourly service was unlikely to be attractive to the kind of customers (those who would otherwise take the train or drive) that Transdev had been relying on.

We now know that the Zap will stop running completely in November. This is just one of many services in Yorkshire, and in the country as a whole, that has ceased or will soon cease.

It is unlikely to be the only casualty in York’s bus network.

You can read about some of the implications for Many York residents in this York Press article.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings – just contact one of our committee members. The links are on the contact page.

Meetings to come

Tuesday 18th October – Adam Crowther, Head of City Transport, Bristol City CouncilTransport developments in the Bristol area.

Recent past meetings

Tuesday 16th August – Colin Walker, Transportation Services Group Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council. East Riding Bus Service Improvement Plan.

A copy of the slides from the talk can be found here.

Tuesday 21st June – Ray Stenning, MD Best Impressions bus and rail marketing company. Why is branding important?

Tuesday 17th May – Tom Druitt, Founder and CEO of The Big Lemon, a social enterprise based in Brighton.

Tuesday 19th April – Julian Ridge gave a presentation updating progress in York on bus issues.

Tuesday 15th March – Andrew Bradley – East Leeds demand responsive transport.

Download the presentation

Tuesday 15th February 2022– Alex Hornby, MD at Transdev – Buses people want to be seen on.

Download the presentation

Read a recent article about Transdev and their approach to bus travel here.

Tuesday 18th January 2022 – Merijn Gouweloose – Ghent’s local bus and tram network and how it compares with York

Tuesday 19th July – Mr Dave Harrison, Principle Public Transport Manager, Oxfordshire County Council, regarding the Park and Ride facilities in Oxford.