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Simon Posner - Articles and news items

Working to achieve passenger satisfaction

Issue 2 2013  •  24 April 2013  •  Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK

There is no industry in the UK – nor indeed the rest of Europe – that could begin a Foreword to a publication with any words other than “these are challenging times”. Speaking on behalf of Britain’s bus, coach and light-rail operators, I can therefore say with some certainty that these are challenging times indeed. The challenge for our operators is threefold.

First, there is the challenge of rising costs, quite alarmingly so in the case of fuel, against decreasing income.

Second, is the squeeze on the public purse. Whilst our bus industry is not reliant on public subsidy, the amount of money available from central Government has diminished. As a result, local government funding for tendered services has been cut, BSOG (rebated fuel duty) has been reduced, and problems – however uninten – tional – remain with the reimbursement of revenue foregone for concessionary fares. These factors have had a serious impact on the bottom line of operators.

CPT’s challenges in 2011

Issue 2 2011  •  6 May 2011  •  Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT)

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is recognised by Government as the voice of the coach, bus and light-rail industries and is the focus for consultation and negotiation on national and international legislation, local regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.

The benefits of CPT membership are not solely political and include a broad range of operational, technical, business and media services delivered by dedicated transport professionals within CPT. We have also developed, with a number of strategic industry partners, a range of commercial services for the exclusive benefit of members.

Facing up to transport challenges in difficult times

Issue 5 2010  •  28 October 2010  •  Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)

For Eurotransport, Simon Posner, Chief Executive at the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) explains what challenges lay ahead for Britain’s bus, coach and light rail operators, following the recent general election.

Transport is the life blood of any modern economy. It plays a major role in developing environmental, economic, and health policies. Transport in all its modes oils the wheels of industry and provides a strong, robust infrastructure and services sector which ensures that UK PLC makes the most of scarce resources. No modern central or local government can ignore the need to construct efficient and punctual transport services.

Being the voice of a busy and active industry

Issue 2 2008, Past issues  •  30 April 2008  •  Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT)

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is recognised by Government as the voice of the coach, bus and light rail industries and is the focus for consultation and negotiation on national and international legislation, local regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.

As a trade association, we exist for one reason only: to support our members and further their interests. We defend them when they are under fire and to try to agree, and then to promote, a common position on issues affecting the environment in which they operate.

 

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