Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March 2024
Our first conference as the Young Bus Professionals takes place in Glasgow on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March. We’ll have the usual packed programme, kicking off with an optional afternoon visit to McGill’s electric bus depot and academy in nearby Johnstone on Thursday. In the evening, our after dinner speaker will be McGill’s Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Roberts.
Friday will feature the popular interactive workshop as well as confirmed speakers:
- Keynote speaker Andrew Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer of First Bus
- Fiona Doherty, Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland
- Simone Smith, Managing Director of Scottish Citylink and Megabus
- Sharon Kindleysides, Interim Head of the Bus Centre for Excellence
- Peter Shelley, who led the successful BSIP bid at Portsmouth City Council
The conference will be held at The Glynhill Hotel & Spa, half an hour from the city centre and mainline rail and express coach stations and less than 10 minutes from Glasgow airport. The conference registration desk will be open from 1300 to 1430, during which arrival sandwiches and refreshments will be available. The optional site visit to McGill’s Johnstone electric bus depot leaves at 1430.
Meet in the hotel bar for drinks from 1900 for dinner at 1930, featuring McGill’s Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Roberts as our after dinner speaker.
Exact timings for Friday’s conference sessions are still to be confirmed, but are likely to run from 0845/0900 until 1500/1515.
Residential – includes arrival light lunch, dinner, accommodation in a bedroom for single occupancy and breakfast in addition to the conference sessions, lunch and refreshments: Early bird price £287 +VAT
until 1st March. Full price £315 +VAT from 2nd March.
Non-residential – includes arrival light lunch, dinner, the conference sessions, lunch and refreshments, but excludes accommodation and breakfast: Early bird price £210 +VAT until 1st March. Full price £231 +VAT from 2nd March.
About the conference venue
The conference will be held at The Glynhill Hotel & Spa, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew, Glasgow PA4 8XB. Telephone 0141 886 5555. There is free wifi throughout the hotel. Hotel guests have free use of the Spa, which includes a swimming pool, sauna, team room and gym. Opening times are 0700 to 1900 (last entry 1830).
How to get to The Glynhill Hotel & Spa
There are seven trains an hour from Glasgow Central station to Paisley Gilmour Street, with journey times of between nine and 16 minutes. Leave Paisley Gilmore Street station via the Old Sneddon Street exit and turn right. Keep walking with the railway line on your right, crossing Gilmour Street and Smithhills Street until you reach the bus stop, Smithhills Street. McGill’s service 26 towards Braehead or Glasgow runs eight times an hour during the day. Alight at Wright Street, which is eight stops, about seven minutes.
From the bus stop, the hotel is just ahead on the other side of the road, so cross the dual carriageway at the traffic lights, turning left at the pavement and the hotel is just ahead on your right.
NOTE: If you arrive into Glasgow Queen Street station, it’s less than ten minutes walk to Glasgow Central, or you can take the free station link bus (398) from Queen Street’s West George Street entrance. The bus runs every 12 minutes during the day and takes 11 minutes to Glasgow Central.
By Express Coach
Express coaches arrive at the Buchannan Bus Station from where it’s ten minutes walk to Glasgow Central railway station, or you can take the station link bus (398) from the stop in Killermont Street. The bus runs every 12 minutes during the day and takes seven minutes to Glasgow Central. The bus is free if you can show a valid rail ticket, otherwise it costs £1.50.
From Glasgow Central Station, follow the instructions above under By Train.
From Glasgow Airport, take First Bus 77 towards Glasgow City Centre from Stance 6. Alight at Wright Street (two stops, five minutes). From the bus stop, the hotel is just ahead on the other side of the road, so cross the dual carriageway at the traffic lights, turning left at the pavement and the hotel is just ahead on your right.
There is free parking at the hotel.
Choices for dinner will appear here soon.
Tea and coffee with mints