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.
Our next General Meeting is in Taunton on Friday October 18th. Click HERE for tickets which we issue via Eventbrite.
Please remember tickets are limited to 2 per organisation.
The urgent need to address public transport need in rural and other poorly connected communities, provides the key theme for this meeting. Perhaps the problem is not how far you go, but it is whether you can get there?
Speakers include: Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the Chair of the Federation of Women’s Institutes. We will run a breakout session and seek solutions with a well balanced and expert panel including: Alex Carter , Managing Director, First South West; Damien Jones, Head of Transport Planning Services, Devon County Council; and, Carl Sutcliffe. Senior Policy Advisor, Buses and Taxis, Department of Transport.
The ever-popular ‘Just a Minute’ session has slots available for a maximum of ten delegates to speak for one minute on a public transport issue affecting the region, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposed issue.
The full agenda will be published shortly on the TravelWatch SouthWest website www.travelwatchsouthwest.org.
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