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Bus Centre of Excellence becomes a reality

Bus Centre of Excellence becomes a reality

Today has seen the official announcement of the ‘Bus Centre of Excellence’ – a brand new initiative to bring together knowledge and expertise from across the sector to improve the delivery of bus services. This new Department for Transport (DfT) co-sponsored centre will be delivered with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) as the host institution.

“Buses are the backbone of our transport network, providing affordable travel for commuters, families, and pensioners, and providing an economic lifeline for towns and cities around the country. The new Bus Centre of Excellence will help drive the country’s bus sector recovery and help provide passengers with cleaner, more affordable buses that run on time,” said Roads Minister Richard Holden.

The original announcement of a Bus Centre of Excellence (BCoE) was made in the Government’s Bus Strategy (2021) and is a welcome complement to the investment and changes proposed in the strategy. The BCoE will be a key part of improving the delivery of bus services through helping to bring together knowledge and expertise from across the sector, providing training and sharing best practice.

“CIHT has a proven track record of delivering high quality continuing professional development for those working in the transportation sector. We are delighted to be the chosen partner to help work on improving this important sustainable transport mode,” commented Neil Johnstone, President, CIHT.

“This partnership, alongside other government initiatives, will see CIHT help to bring together a wide range of professional skills and knowledge from both the public and private sector to facilitate change to local infrastructure, service delivery and the sector across the country – with the ultimate aim of improving bus services,” he added.

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