Arriva hosts UITP Conference – Liverpool 11-14 November 2012
The 11th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Training Programme for Public Transport Managers from all over the world is being held this week in Liverpool. During this course the participants will develop a better understanding of global mobility issues and acquire an international perspective on public transport. A technical visit to cover the most interesting and modern aspects of PT systems is organised in each host city.
I have been invited by Arriva to support my former colleagues, Marje and Harry, who supervise at Liverpool Airport, to ‘meet and greet’ the visitors. We hope to show off the sights and buildings, art and culture of our beautiful city. They will also be taken on our ‘Ferry across the Mersey’, bus and trains transporting them over and under the river Mersey.
Many of them have never been to Liverpool or England for that matter and what they have seen of Liverpool has really impressed them. They have had a tour on our Liverpool Duck around the Albert Dock and The Beatles exhibition at the Pier Head. They have asked lots of questions which thankfully we have had the answers. like who is Billy Fury at the Albert Dock and ‘What does the Lamb-banana represent?’. Well, it represents the fact that Liverpool was the biggest importer of both lamb and bananas!
I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the visitors to Liverpool and hope that they have seen enough to want to come back and see more. They are going home with a ‘different ‘ view of the industrial city that some of them thought they were coming too.
It’s Liverpool, Happy Days!