A transport conference is set to attract over 100 representatives from local employers this month.

It has been organised by Cumbria Transport Group, which represents Cumbrian companies operating in the freight and passenger transport industries.

It was created to drive forward employment opportunities, promote career and skills development and to influence transport policy.

Members include AW Jenkinson, Burridge Transport, Carlisle City Council, SP Training, Stobart Group and Wm Armstrong.

Headline speaker at the event, which will be held at the Cumbria LEP Conference Centre, near Penrith, is North West traffic commissioner Simon Evans.

He oversees all regulatory and compliance issues with every transport operator in the region.

Other sessions include an introduction to electric commercial vehicles by event sponsors NRG Fleet Services and a presentation by Philip Wanless, of environmental support experts CBEN.

Neil Robinson, Cumbria Transport Group chairman, said: “With a number of quality speakers, including the unique opportunity to hear from the area’s transport commissioner, the conference is hugely beneficial to any local company that operates a fleet of vehicles.

“Cumbria Transport Group members span a diverse range of quality Cumbrian businesses and major employers across the county.

“The conference will look to provide essential and current advice alongside the advancement of skills and commercial activities in the transport sector.”

The free transport conference takes place on Friday, October 18 and booking is essential.

Call Harry Mason on 01228 530 552 or visit the Eventbrite website to book a place at the event.