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Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Omnibus ahead of the game on open data

Module helps operators submit BDOS data   Transdev Blazefield is using the new system   Omnibus is launching a new module to help clients to provide seamless, compliant timetable data for the Bus Open Data Service (BODS). From its launch in the Autumn, clients will be able to produce TransXChange 2.4 files in accordance with...
TfWLab reveals second cohort

TfWLab reveals second cohort

New batch of talented start-ups for KeolisAmey Wales innovation programme     KeolisAmey Wales, the parent company of Transport for Wales Rail Services and AltLabs have revealed the 11 companies who will take part in the second cohort of the innovative Lab by Transport for Wales (TFWLab) programme. Having been chosen from over 100 entries...
Railcard discounts now on smart card

Railcard discounts now on smart card

Discount Railcards get smart on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern     Railcards giving discounts of between a third and 50% can now be used on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern’s “keyGo” pay-as-you-go smartcard service. The innovation completely removes the need to queue or book ahead for most paper or online tickets, which supports social...
Trentbarton's Mango app a 'world first'

Trentbarton’s Mango app a ‘world first’

App offers account-based ticketing on a smartphone     Bus passengers in the East Midlands are pioneering public transport’s digital future with the launch of Trentbarton’s Mango app for smartphones. The operator claims the new Mango app is the world’s most advanced ticketing app for buses. Trentbarton worked with technology provider ACT, a Fujitsu company,...
GWR receives first 'tri-mode' train

GWR receives first ‘tri-mode’ train

Flex fleet will expand services on North Downs line     Train operator GWR has received its first ‘tri-mode’ multiple unit – able to run on overhead and third-rail electrified lines as well as under its own power using a diesel generator. Converted from a Class 319 unit previously used on Thameslink services by ROSCO...
NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

NXWM uses AI-driven tech to help bus users

Technology uses CitySwift’s bus data engine to help spread demand peaks and encourage social distancing as government restrictions on using public transport are relaxed   Passengers can now determine the best time to travel, based on predicted available bus capacity data   National Express West Midlands has launched an innovative new information service for bus...
Go-Ahead to launch ride sharing ‘JustGo’ service

Go-Ahead to launch ride sharing ‘JustGo’ service

Go-Ahead bus company East Yorkshire is launching a demand-responsive bus service in North Lincolnshire next month     Go-Ahead-owned bus company East Yorkshire has won a contract from North Lincolnshire Council to provide demand-responsive buses in the region. From next month, East Yorkshire will operate the new ‘JustGo’ on-demand services across North Lincolnshire, aimed at...
‘No-touch, Low-touch’ rail ticket machines

‘No-touch, Low-touch’ rail ticket machines

International public transport ticket retailing specialist is helping to make self-service ticket issuing systems safer   Flowbird’s IRIS video communication system in use   Flowbird Transport has launched its SafeT (Safe Transport) ‘no-touch, low-touch’ range to help train operating companies meet the rail industry’s safer travel pledge to passengers. The international public transport ticket retailing...
Study probes post-pandemic world

Study probes post-pandemic world

Consultancy releases the fourth edition of its Future of Mobility study in collaboration with UITP   Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has released the fourth edition of its Future of Mobility study in collaboration with UITP. The study, which engaged with over 70 executives from more than 30 organisations worldwide (transport authorities, mass transit...
ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

ITS (UK) backs flexible bus technology

Lobby group says flexible bus service would offer more efficient mobility ITS (UK) says DRT technology could offer a bright future for bus services. Pictured is a screenshot of the recently launched Stagecoach Connect app   The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has responded to a government consultation about the future of transport by backing the...
c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

c2c completes rollout of new ticketing system

New system combines all ticketing operations into single platform     Trenitalia UK has launched a new mobile app for c2c passengers, completing the roll-out of the Pico4UK ticketing system at the Essex train operator. The new app allows passengers to buy tickets and manage their account from their own devices, and will also include...
Omnibus enhances stop information package

Omnibus enhances stop information package

More than 20 individual changes to the software to enable operators to rapidly update their publicity     Tech specialist Omnibus has updated its bus stop and station information display software package to make it easier to use as a result of feedback from customers. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many bus operators...