ABTA, FlyingMatters and the Airport Operators Association have joined the Transport Hub, a forum to put transport back at the heart of the political agenda at this year’s Party Conference season.
They join existing Transport Hub members Freight Transport Association, Kapsch and other organisations from the travel and transport sectors.
The Transport Hub will work in the same way that the Climate Clinic and Health Hotel do for other industries and aims to create a branded space for transport experts and delegates to network, debate and meet with politicians and decision makers.
The Transport Hub will feature a number of fringe sessions at each of the Party conferences tailored to each Party. Fringe meetings will discuss topics such as ‘Have the Conservatives become anti-flying?’, ‘Can overseas holidays be a force for good?’ and ‘Are ordinary people being priced out of taking holidays?’ as well as other topics relating to transport from participating organisations.
Political figures at the three main party conferences will also be invited to attend a special reception with the transport community and also be quizzed at a Question Time-style event.. A number of high calibre speakers have already been confirmed and with more set to be named this week.
ABTA Head of Public Affairs Luke Pollard said: “This party conference season will be our first opportunity to quiz parties on their policy since the election and we must make sure that transport is at the heart of that debate. Aviation needs to be firmly placed back on the government’s agenda and that will be ABTA’s number one objective at this year’s party conference season.”
Michele Di Leo Director of FlyingMatters, the campaign for flying, said: “We are delighted to have joined the Transport Hub and look forward to it being established as the place to debate transport issues at all party conferences for many years to come”
Transport Hub has already won the backing of a range of transport organisations and the media support of Parliament’s in-house magazine, The House Magazine.
The Transport Hub is a partnership formed by the following organisations:
• Airport Operators Association
• British Motorcyclists Federation
• Institution of Civil Engineers
• Manchester Airports Group
• Transport Hub is an initiative supported by organisations in the travel and transport sector to promote the work of transport companies and its key policy areas with government.
• The Transport Hub follows a similar model to the Health Hotel and the Climate Clinic at the party conference season.
• Transport Hub will be holding events at all three party conferences in Liverpool (for the Liberal Democrats), Manchester (for Labour) and Birmingham (for the Conservatives).