FTA performs at the Bridgewater Hall

Posted on: Tuesday, 4 October 2011 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Transport Hub

FTA at the Conservative Party ConferenceManchester’s famous Bridgewater Hall took a break from Tchaikovsky and Brahms this week, to play host to the Transport Hub at the Conservative party conference.

Topics discussed at the Transport Hub

A total of 10 events took place at this, this final leg of the 2011 Transport Hub, with the FTA fringe event on the ‘battle for transport priorities, balancing affordable fuel, the deficit and the environment’ taking centre stage on Monday lunchtime.

Given the recent success of the Government e-petition on fairer fuel crossing the 100,000 signature threshold, much of the meeting was spent discussing the future of transport taxation, particularly the disadvantages and inequalities of fuel duty, and infrastructure provision.

The panel

The top-class panel consisted of Transport Minister Theresa Villiers MP, motoring journalist Quentin Willson, economist Phil Thornton and David Scott, Head of Policy for Morrisons PLC.

A number of other issues were also discussed, such as ‘what will transport look like by the next election?’, high-speed rail, and the Government’s plan to alter motorway speed limits.

With the Transport Hub coming to a close tomorrow, FTA can look back satisfied with a successful conference season and a great number of people over the last three weeks appreciating the message of logistics.

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