SW&W Branch AGM for 2017 held in Bristol on Saturday 11th March 2017.
The 2017 AGM was followed by a talk by Edward Reid, Commercial Manager of Stagecoach in South Wales. A report by Geoff Gould on Ed's presentation "From Ohio to South Wales via Wrexham" is published in SW&W Bulletin 194.
OS Presidential Weekend based in Bath from 1st - 4th September 2017
James Freeman, MD of First West of England, hosted this year's Presidential Weekend in Bath and Bristol, supported by the SW&W Branch. For a report of this excellent weekend, see Omnibus Magazine No. 536 (Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018).
Talk on 'Western Welsh from 1929: Part 1' in Penarth on 20th September 2017
At a joint meeting with the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group, OS Midland Branch committee member Richard Morgan gave a detailed and informative talk on the formative years of the Western Welsh Omnibus Company, including also two prominent independent operators who were taken over: Lewis and James, and Barrett's. A report by Steve Pottage is published in SW&W Bulletin 196.
SW&W Branch AGM for 2018 held in Bristol on Saturday 10th March 2018.
The 2018 AGM was followed by a talk by Rupert Cox, Managing Director of Stagecoach West. After summarising his earlier career, Rupert used data from 1983 and the present to explore the factors behind the significant changes in bus usage over the years. Looking forward, extensive population growth in South Gloucestershire provides opportunities for expanding the network. A report by Geoff Gould on Rupert's presentation "Going for Growth" is published in SW&W Bulletin 199.
Talk on 'Traveline Cymru' in Penarth on 19th September 2018
At a joint meeting with the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group, we were given a presentation on Traveline Cymru by its Service Delivery Manager, Kevin Roderick. Kevin has been involved with Traveline since its beginning in 1999, and gave a fascinating insight into its evolution over the years as changes in technology have influenced both what users expect and what it is feasible to proide. A report by Geoff Gould is published in SW&W Bulletin 203.
SW&W Branch AGM for 2019 held in Bristol on Saturday 10th March 2018.
The 2019 AGM was followed by a talk by Phil Stockley, Head of Commercial for HCT Group. Phil described how, as a Social Enterprise, HCT seeks to make profits that are used to benefit local communities rather than pay dividends. After summarising HCT's numerous operations around the UK, Phil focused on HCT's growing presence in Bristol since 2011, now branded as Bristol Community Transport. The latest development is the innovative contractual arrangement with First West of England to operate Bristol metrobus route m1 from January 2019. A report by David Milledge on Phil's presentation "HCT Group - Putting the Community in the Driving Seat" is published in SW&W Bulletin 206.
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