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Buses head up transport conference

THE GOVERNMENT'S plans to give greater priority to buses are expected to take centre stage when transport minister Dr John Reid gives the keynote speech at NCE's Partnership Solutions for Integrated Transport conference on 28 January next year.

Publication of the 'daughter document' to this year's Integrated Transport White Paper which will set out proposals for improving and increasing bus travel in partnership with the private sector is now scheduled for early in the New Year. These proposals will have a major impact on the new Local Transport Plans, the first of which have to be produced by local authorities by next July.

The Partnership Solutions for Integrated Transport conference will be the first chance for all parties involved in local transport provision to learn how they can work together to make the most of opportunities offered by the introduction of LTPs.

NCE is organising the event with the Local Government Association and Coach & Bus Week to bring together the engineers, local government officers and bus providers who will be major players in the local transport of the future. The conference is sponsored by First Bus.

Dr Reid's co-speakers include Highways Agency network and customer services director Peter Nutt and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive passenger services and planning executive Keith Howcroft.

Full details of the conference are on page 9, or contact Anna Gosnell on (0171) 505 6662.

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