On Tuesday 2nd November 2010, I was fortunate enough to attend the Euro Bus Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is held every 2 years and showcases the latest thinking in the Bus and Coach world. The organising of the event is jointly handled by Expo Management Limited and the Confederation of Passenger Transport. Despite the economic downturn the show was a complete sell out with every single stand occupied. The Bus and Coach sector accounts for 6 billion passenger journeys in the UK every year, over 4 times greater than that of its nearest rival the Train! Both Bus and Coach travel remain a very safe form of passenger transport and also one of the greenest. For this article I have focused all my attention on what lies ahead for the Coach industry and its loyal passengers.
The underlying theme for Coach travellers in the years ahead seems to be increased comfort and greener journeys. As you are probably already aware a Coach holiday is twice as green in terms of carbon dioxide emissions than an equivalent holiday by rail, 4 times greener than a holiday taken by car and a staggering 6 times greener than the equivalent holiday taken by air!
Every year in Britain nearly 7 million people take a holiday by Coach and I hope that those of you reading this article, will be as excited as I was when you see the pictures of some of the truly impressive new vehicles that will be spearheading the campaign by Britain’s best Coach Operators, to persuade more people to consider taking a Coach holiday in the future and thereby helping to significantly reduce this countries carbon dioxide emissions as well as by reducing congestion on the already overcrowded roads, by leaving their car at home.
Anyway without further a do here is a varied selection of photos from the show itself:
Sincere thanks to the CPT for their kind hospitality, as well as their invaluable advice given to one of the Coach operators that attended the show with me.