We recognise our membership as a powerful resource of expertise, and organise twice-yearly TravelWatch SouthWest General Meetings which keep everyone abreast of developments and ideas. Speakers are invited from government agencies, the transport industry, including bus and train companies, airports and ferry operators, providing insight into the key issues affecting passengers.
At these events, delegates may enter into the discussion, helping to locate and progress service improvements and to ensure that public transport is given the high profile that it deserves.
UPDATE !!OCTOBER 2021 MEETING!!
For the second year running, the COVID-19 outbreak requires us to reconsider our plans for the much anticipated General Meeting in October 2021. In the current climate, an all-day meeting in the traditional flu season would not be as inclusive as necessary, and potentially place an unnecessary strain on the NHS. On the upside, the many TWSW webinars during lockdown provided effective forums for engagement. This will continue as interactive Webinars and Fireside Chats over the Winter.
There was TWSW full house at the General Meeting in Taunton on Monday 2 March 2020. We expect another in March 2022.
“Simpler, more reliable, comfortable journeys need joined up thinking”
“Coach is part of delivering the sustainable transport network of the future and we must work together to get the passenger experience right”
“One Journey” is a useful concept when seeking ways of delivering the integrated passenger vision of travel.”
Theme “Connectivity – A framework for moving forward”
Keynote speaker: Professor Graham Parkhurst, UWE and TWSW Board Director
Thomas Ableman the Founder and CEO of SNAP illuminated on-demand coach services as, ” an alternative for train travellers in the UK, created to solve the on-going travel mess” . and Charlotte Ritchie, Head of Public Affairs, National Express highlighted opportunities for Local Authorities, User groups and Operators to collaborate and give passengers the best from this mode.
James White, West of England Combined Authority and TWSW Board Director talked us though the concerns and routes to implementation of the Western Gateway strategy and implications passengers?
Popular as always, ‘Just a Minute’ included messages from: Norman Browne; Graham Ellis; Steve Caulston; Tony Reese; Mike Keatinge; Bob Driscoll; Sue Stevens; Rueben Paget; John Cummings on a public transport issue affecting the region.
Public Transport is part of the solution for the biggest economic, environmental and social issues affecting communities in the South West. We welcome newcomers, and emphasise that this forum provides a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the role of public transport as an enabler, and appreciate the need to overcome the barriers to use.
Once again, our thanks go to Stagecoach and Go Ahead for sponsoring coaches from Exeter and Bournemouth respectively, and calling at pick up points on route
Perhaps the problem is not how far you go, but it is whether you can get there? Against a background of climate change recognition, increasing congestion, and inequality, there could be the right momentum to bring public transport to centre stage and highlight it’s integral role in society.
The TWSW October 18th Meeting recognised the need to address public transport failures in rural and other poorly connected communities. From engagement exercises on the day, we were able to put together a comprehensive list of prioritised User objectives. These were particularly well defined as we had a benefited from a large ATCO South West presence (Association of Transport Coordinating Officers). These have been worked up into a policy objective paper which provides the basis for our conversation with operators, policymakers, officers, and other NGO’
Keynote speaker, Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) emphasised the value in reinstating connectivity in areas of transport poverty.
Other speakers included, Heather Cullimore, who drew on her experience co-ordinating transformative projects in the Greater Bristol area and providing evidence of physical barriers to journeys which left urban communities as isolated as those in sparse rural areas.
Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of Great Western Railway was as candid as usual and, answering all questions put to him, beyond just the planned conversation around timetable changes.
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While general Meetings are a twice yearly fixture in the calendar, we ensure our members actively engage in the consultation process through seminars, meetings and workshops to tackle specific issues, as required
Thank you to all our members who made up the very strong turnout for our Spring Meeting in Taunton on Wednesday 20 March 2019.
Giles Fearnley, First Group was eloquent as ever in delivery of the keynote speech “The Future for the Bus?…….Why I am optimistic”. Some remarkable statistics came through, indicating the increasingly crippling impact of congestion, but also directing us to sustainable solutions attainable through partnerships.
Zsolt Schuller: Active Travel – what role for public transport? Exeter and Cranbrook Sport England Pilot
Damien Jones: Doing what Matters Devon County Council
October 6 2018
Members impressed industry speakers enough to stimulate the creation of two exciting new projects enabling continuous engagement between industry and stakeholders, watch this space…..
“Just a minute slots” were full and topic short articles on each can be read on our linked “just a minute” page which will be up later in the week.
Thanks to Stagecoach and Go-Ahead for enabling members to reach the meeting in Taunton by providing free buses from Exeter and Bournemouth. And of course, thanks to GWR for their continued support which recognises the significance of this single forum for South West regional stakeholders.
Implications of new transport technologies for traditional public transport operations – Prof. Graham Parkhurst
Shaping public transport for the South West – Christopher Irwin
CrossCountry Consultation Meeting 22 June 2018
“Joining the Dots” was launched by Chris Irwin at our October 7th 2017 General Meeting
High numbers were drawn by the day’s theme, “An integrated transport system which includes public transport is key to the three pillars of sustainability essential to a thriving South West”.
Delegates provided interesting questions, commented in “Just a Minute” and discussed stimulating and informative presentations from; Mike Watson, Regional Director England & Wales, Stagecoach; James White, West of England Combined Authority; Alex Carter First Bus in conjunction with Cornwall Council; and Christopher Irwin , TravelWatch South West.
Delivering Transport & Growth James White
One Public Transport System for Cornwall delivered by Alex Carter, written by Glyn Williams
Connecting The Dots Christopher Irwin
The TravelWatch SouthWest AGM took place in Exeter on November 30 2016 and Nick Buckland OBE is welcomed to the Board.
TWSW – 5 March 2016 General Meeting Agenda
“The Other Half” Stakeholder response to the South Western Franchise Consultation
The Great Bristol Bus Challenge First Bus James Freeman
21 January 2016 Bus Workshop in Taunton
Presentation: South West Trains 07-03-15 C Loder
Presentation: Stagecoach SW M Watson 070315
Presentation: Campaign for Better Transport S Joseph
Getting to Grips with Developing Local Services – Roma Patten Exmouth Community Association
The wisdom of electrification to a non-terminus – Bedwyn Train Passenger Group