York Bus Forum Diary

York Bus Forum usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5.30-7pm in West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.  All meetings are currently being held online using Zoom.  We hope to resume in-person meetings, also using Zoom, in the near future.

See our News page for more details of each meeting as these are announced and the Documents & Minutes page for copy of each presentation (where available) following the meeting.

Everyone is welcome. If you are not a member, do join us, and help improve and expand York’s bus network https://www.yorkbusforum.org/join-us/

YBF Meetings Programme for 2022

Tuesday 18th January:  Peter Vansevenant from the Department of Mobility in Ghent will be describing the city’s local bus and tram network and its mobility plan https://www.yorkbusforum.org/the-ghent-transport-system-and-its-mobility-plan/

Tuesday February 15th: Alex Hornby, MD Transdev/Coastliner/York & Country – Update & views on York’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and Enhanced Partnership

Tuesday March 15th: Ray Stenning, MD Best Impressions – Why is branding important? How to do it and how not to do it

Tuesday April 19th: AGM with guest speaker Julian Ridge, Head of Sustainable Transport, City of York Council – Local Transport Plan 4 Update

Tuesday May 17th: Tom Druitt, Founder & CEO, The Big Lemon Community Interest Company = a Sussex  bus company who originally ran buses on recycled waste cooking oil and is now converting its fleet to solar-powered electric buses

YBF Meetings Programme for 2021

Tuesday 19th January: The Sheffield Bus Review – presentation by Peter Kennan, Chair of Sheffield Chamber Transport Forum and Private Sector Board Member (Transport & Environment),Sheffield City Region LEP


Tuesday 16th February: Presentation by Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-16th-february-2021/

Tuesday 16th March: Very Light Rail – presentation by Nicola Small, Senior Rail Programme Manager https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-16th-march-2021/

Tuesday 20th April: YBF AGM and presentation on Bus Rapid Transit – by Shaun Millar, Business Development Manager – Bus Irizar UK Ltd https://www.yorkbusforum.org/bus-rapid-transit-an-option-for-york-tuesday-20th-april-2021/

Tuesday 18th May: York’s Bus Service Improvement Plan your opportunity to help shape the plan –  Julian Ridge, Head of Sustainable Transport, City of York Council https://www.yorkbusforum.org/national-bus-strategy-implications-for-york-tuesday-18-may-2021/

Tuesday 15th June: ‘Bus services for York – a customer led approach’ – Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director, First Bus York https://www.yorkbusforum.org/bus-services-for-york-a-customer-led-approach/

Tuesday 20th July:  ‘How East Yorkshire Buses has evolved since the acquisition by The Go-Ahead Group’ – Ben Gilligan, Area Director, East Yorkshire Motor Services https://www.yorkbusforum.org/how-east-yorkshire-buses-has-evolved-since-the-acquisition-by-the-go-ahead-group/

Tuesday 17th August: ‘Optimising the Bus Network’ – Brian Deegan (Technical Director, Walking and Cycling, Urban Movement UK) is one of the UK’s leading street design engineers, was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards and has also led high-profile policy and planning projects https://www.yorkbusforum.org/optimising-the-bus-network/

Tuesday 21st September: Better Buses help us fight the Climate Emergency’ – Gareth Forest, TUC Yorkshire and the Humber https://www.yorkbusforum.org/better-buses-help-us-fight-the-climate-emergency/

This is one of the events during York Environment Week 18th-26th September https://yorkenvironmentweek.org.uk/events-2021

Tuesday 19th October: ‘Hydrogen or Electric Buses – do we need to choose?’  – Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, First Bus Scotland https://www.yorkbusforum.org/hydrogen-or-electric-buses-do-we-need-to-choose/

Tuesday 16th November:Operation of electric buses in the city of Muenster’ –  Eckhard Schlaefke, Operations Manager, Stadwerke Muenster https://www.yorkbusforum.org/operation-of-electric-buses-in-the-city-of-muenster/

Tuesday 21st December: Members’ Forum – York’s Next Local Transport Plan and its Bus Service Improvement Plan

YBF Meetings Programme for 2022

Tuesday January 18th: Ghent’s local bus and tram network and how it compares with York – Merijn Gouweloose Department of Urban Development, Ghent

Tuesday February 15th: Update & views on York’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and Enhanced Partnership – Alex Hornby, MD of Transdev

Tuesday March 15th: Why branding is important – How to do it and how not to do it! – Ray Stenning, MD of Best Impressions

Tuesday April 19th: Local Transport Plan 4 Update – Julian Ridge, Sustainable Transport Manager, City of York Council

Tuesday May 17th: Solar-Powered Buses –Tom Druitt, Founder & CEO, The Big Lemon Community Interest Company

YBF’s 2020 Meetings

Tuesday January 21st – Open Meeting with update on current bus developments from Julian Ridge, Head of Sustainable Transport, City of York Council. For details see: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/ybf-open-meeting-on-tuesday-21st-january-2020/

Tuesday February 18th – Open Meeting with Presentation and Discussion on the results of the City-Wide Transport Survey and first Citizens’ Transport Forum

AGM – this year’s AGM was held by email and post in view of the meeting restrictions.

March to August – No Meetings due to Covid restrictions

Tuesday September 15th – Open Online Meeting with an update by Officers on work carried out over the last few months. More information at: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-15th-september/

Tuesday 20th October – Presentation by our member Ben Hughes entitled ‘Short term non-radial bus route opportunities (Nestle South busway)’ followed by a discussion More information at: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-20th-october/

Tuesday 17th November: Re-thinking the way we market our bus services: taking the best of the past and plotting the future –  presentation by Martin Harris, MD of the Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metrobus

Details at: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-17th-november/

Tuesday 15th December: Can Demand Responsive Transport change
York’s Public Transport Strategy? 
– presentation by Adam Toone MD of Arriva Click

Details at: https://www.yorkbusforum.org/york-bus-forum-online-meeting-tuesday-15th-december/

ArrivaClick_York _Summary

YBF Meetings 2018-2019

Tuesday November 20th 2018 – Making Buses more User-Friendly for People with Mental Health Issues with speakers from the TAS Partnership and the Alzheimer’s Society

Tuesday December 18th 2018 – Open Committee Meeting

Tuesday January 15th 2019 – Housing, employment and car dependency – what can be done about it?  Caroline Mullen, Leeds University Institute of Transport Studies

Tuesday February 19th 2019 – Open Committee Meeting

Tuesday March 19th 2019 – AGM with Guest Speaker from City of York Council Transport Team (to be confirmed)

Tuesday April 16th 2019 – Open Committee Meeting

Tuesday May 21st 2019 – Members Meeting and Third Birthday Celebration with Executive Member for Transport and Invited Guests

Tuesday June 18th 2019 – Open Committee Meeting

Tuesday July 16th 2019 – Members Meeting with Guest Speaker Julian Ridge (Acting Head of Public Transport Team, City of York Council)

Tuesday August 20th 2019 – Open Committee Meeting with speaker from City of York Council on the Station Front scheme

Tuesday September 17th 2019 – Members Meeting on York’s Local Transport Plan and York Station Front. All welcome.

Tuesday October 15th 2019 – Open Committee Meeting

Tuesday November 19th 2019 – Members Meeting with Updates from City of York Council’s Transport Team and First York, plus current local bus issues

Tuesday December 17th 2019 – Open Meeting with Presentation by transport expert Martin Higginson, entitled ‘The Real FTR: Three stages to making York’s buses the mode of choice’.https://www.yorkbusforum.org/ybf-open-meeting-on-tuesday-17th-december-2019 

Martin’s presentation is here: M H – YBF 171219 Presentation

Action for Yorkshire Transport (AYT) actionforyorkshiretransport.org.uk

Speaker Meetings: Meetings are normally held at regular intervals, usually at 7.30pm at St. George’s Conference Centre, 60 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3DL but currently suspended due to Covid 19

AYT Bus Group Meetings:  The group meets every two months  – normally at ‘Caffe Nero’s’, 29a Bond Street Leeds LS1 5HD (next to Tesco). Starting at 5.30pm  The online link will be emailed to members.

For more details of all AYT meetings and events see their website, email:  actionforyorkshiretransport@gmail.com or call Mark on 07941 642349.