The Great Transport Debate

19 February 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, will be taking part in a political debate on the 11th March, focusing on the key policies each party is advocating for dealing with our transport needs.

The event, organised by Transport Times in association with KPMG, will address the key transport issues which separate the main political parties, which include:

· Should the public sector be allowed to bid for rail franchises?

· Should we extend the London Bus Franchising Model to other cities?

· Will the political parties support the recommendation from the Davies Commission on a new runway? Should it be Heathrow or Gatwick?

Political Debate, chaired by Prof David Begg (Chief Executive Transport Times) with speakers Baroness Kramer (Minister of State for Transport), Patrick McLoughlin MP (Secretary of State for Transport), Lilian Greenwood MP (Shadow Transport Minister).

There will also be 3 panel debates focussing on Rail, Bus and Aviation with transport experts setting out what they see as the main transport challenges the next Government must grapple with:

- Rail Debate with Mick Whelan (General Secretary ASLEF) and Michael Roberts (Director General, Rail Delivery Group & CEO, ATOC)

- Bus Debate with speakers David Brown (CEO, Go-Ahead Group) and David Brown (CEO, Merseytravel)

- Aviation Debate with speakers Emma Gilthorpe (Strategy, Planning and Regulation Director, Heathrow Airport) and Nick Dunn (CFO of Gatwick Airport)

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