Association of Local Bus Company Managers


ALBUM was formed on 8th October 1984 at a time when the reorganisation and deregulation of the bus industry was under political consideration.

The membership was drawn from local authority and PTE undertakings and the membership was on a personal basis rather than company membership.

The intention was to allow those professionals in the bus industry to offer a personal opinion on relevant matters without being constrained by the political views of their employing authorities.


The current membership in the main comprises Directors and Senior Staff of municipally owned and independent bus companies.

Membership is by invitation but expressions of interest by eligible individuals are welcomed. There are clear guidelines to membership in that new members from the large bus operating groups are excluded , staff from operators less with less than 30 buses but with a record of high quality operations will be invited at the discretion of the Executive.

Currently there are currently around 140 members and the annual subscription is £10 due on 1st January .

Ipswich Buses
Rossendale Country Rider service which was Highly Commended in the Claudia Flanders Memorial Award for Accessibility in 2006
Metro Coastlines tram
Most of Readings branded routes, some of which are Bio Ethanol
Lothian Buses
East Yorkshire Motor Services 80th Anniversary Livery
Halton Transport who celebrate 100 years in service in 2009
Cardiff Bus
A Bus


Each Spring ALBUM holds a business conference at which there is very strong support from the manufacturers and suppliers involved with the bus industry.

The 2016 ALBUM Conference is to be held in Douglas, Isle of Man on Tuesday and Wednesday 10th and 11th May. Further details may be obtained from Ian Longworth telephone 01624 697419. By visiting Album Conference 2016 you may book direct. The 2017 ALBUM Conference will be in Blackpool.


We also have a retired members section, which publishes a quarterly newsletter and has an annual reunion. Contact John Owen for further details.


These days the objective is to provide a networking opportunity for bus managers who are in similar circumstances from which any lobbying and responses to consultation documents may then be made.

ALBUM does not exist to compete with the Confederation of  Passenger Transport UK (CPT) but recognises that as CPT represents both bus and coach operators some of their responses may be less strong in representing the bus operator views to satisfy their membership. As a result ALBUM is in a position to put forward the exclusive views of bus operators.


Chairman - Ben Colson

Secretary - Thomas Knowles, 41 Redhills, Eccleshall, Staffs. ST21 6JW. Telephone 01785 859414

Treasurer & Finance Directors Group - Matthew Parkes, Rossendale Transport

Traffic Committee - Dave Astill, Nottingham City Transport

Engineering Committee - Kenny Hawkins, Thamesdown Transport

Marketing Group - Nicola Tidy, Nottingham City Transport