A Rejuvenation for First Bus Services in the South West
First Bus in Plymouth. Image: By grassrootsgroundswell (First Bus) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Room 402, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

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This presentation will be delivered by Alex Carter CMILT, Managing Director, First South West.

The South West is a challenging region for bus operations, with pockets of intensive urban areas, often separated by sparse countryside. The holiday season brings extra custom in the form of holidaymakers, but accompanied by extra traffic congestion, which can affect reliability. 

Alex has managed the region for First Group through recent turbulent years. This has included responding to the unprecedented challenge of the overnight collapse of a major Cornish competitor and establishing a new network in its place, disposing of the loss making operations in Plymouth and Devon, and introducing local identities in Somerset and Cornwall. Taking a lively approach to competition and simplified fares, this rejuvenation of First's offering suggests an optimistic response to the trend of earlier decline. 

Alex will describe his philosophy, his achievements and share his plans for the future. This promises to be a lively and rare opportunity to hear from an experienced bus manager at the threshold of a new era for services in the West Country.

This free lecture is run by the Sustainable Earth Institute in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


  • CILT members: please book as normal via the members event booking link on the CILT website quoting event code DCG0338
  • Non-CILT members: please phone (01536) 740104 or email membership@ciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code DCG0338

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