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ATCO Summer Conference

Please be advised that the ATCO UK Conference planned for 13 & 14 June 2017 (Edinburgh) has been cancelled.   The ATCO UK Board met on 28 March 2017 and agreed that this was the most appropriate course of action given the low level of interest shown by local authority delegates.  While the two or three day ATCO conferences look to have had their day (due to the changing landscape of local government), ATCO UK does hope that one day events and seminars will continue be arranged and delivered in the future.

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Mark Yexley talks about the UK Bus Awards

Well, another year, much change and upheaval in prospect around the globe but the reassuring certainty that we will be convening once again on 21st November to mark everything which is good and vibrant about the world of buses at the 2017 UK Bus Awards. The doors are now open for entries and I hope that this article might encourage ATCO members to join in as well as to share some thoughts and news.

I was very surprised and flattered to be asked to Chair the UK Bus Awards from this year, so let me start by introducing myself. Up to the start of a very energetic retirement in the summer of 2015, I was Managing Director of Arriva’s London businesses for 11 years followed by 6 years as national Operations and Commercial Director. I must have attended the majority of the UK Bus Awards ceremonies over the years. I have experienced all the emotions – the elation of being an award winner, the Atlanta feeling of coming away with not very much at all, the determination to do better next year and being motivated by other people’s great ideas. I have also seen the excitement on the faces of the many people who are invited to the Awards lunch for whom this is the first taste of an event like this. I can also testify to the attitudes of hardened veterans of the bus world who may have picked up most of the T shirts over the years but still quietly and desperately want to be recognised by an award. All of this perhaps illustrates how much the awards matter to so many and why the November event is so popular.

There is more to the UK Bus Awards than being a competitive arena. To “recognise, reward and inspire” is our mantra and how crucial it is that we all have a means of showing off all that is good and great about buses as a means of transport – at a time when too many people have little or no idea of what we are all capable of making buses deliver. And yet those same people can take decisions which can set the clock back years.

The UK Bus Awards does its level best to promote in the media the entries, the shortlists and the winners as part of its role in showcasing buses, what they can do and how success can be achieved. One of the themes running through the Awards has been the overworked word “partnership”. But it does hold the key to so many of the award-winning schemes which have featured over the years and it is also no coincidence that many of the top operators have starred thanks to their strong working relationships with other parties including, most importantly, local government.

The UK Bus Awards are frequently referred to as the “Bus Oscars” but I would like to assure you that we have decided against asking Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty to assist at our event. However, what the mix up in Los Angeles did do was to lift the veil on the incredibly complicated organisation which lay behind the scenes there and that is also the strong first impression which hit me when I agreed to take over as Chair of the UK Bus Awards.

Having attended most of the previous 21 events, I had no idea about how much work goes on behind the scenes to stage a UK Bus Awards event or how many people freely give of their time and advice to keep the event relevant and enjoyable. Just as important is the work throughout the year with volunteers helping keep the Award categories relevant, forming the many judging panels, such that each of the categories is assessed by a true panel of experts and carrying out mystery travelling. I also did not appreciate how much effort  goes into promoting the awards themselves both in the lead up to the event and afterwards, nor how broad-based the involvement is in steering the Awards along from so many quarters – sponsors, organisers, entrants, judges, media, suppliers, consumer groups and, not least of all, ATCO itself. We draw heavily on these views and opinions to keep all aspects of the awards under review and to change anything which no longer seems to be working or to experiment with new ideas.

Keeping the awards relevant is crucial given how rapidly technology is moving on, how sharply people’s expectations of levels of service are rising and how much more difficult and demanding it is for all of us who are more directly involved in shaping transport policy and delivering services. So one of the changes we are going to make this year is to change two of the awards whilst staying within a strict limit of 20 awards to avoid the event becoming a marathon.

We are dropping the separate Local Authority Bus Project of the Year. At first sight, that might appear to be a controversial decision, especially given how crucial a part local authorities have to play in the scheme of things – which you do! However, in reality, we have seen a number of very strong submissions being put forward jointly by local authorities and bus operators under different headings such as the Environment or Making Buses a Better Choice or the Bus and the Community awards. The entries carry heavier weight because they are joint and cover the story of real partnerships delivering some great outcomes. Conversely the number of solo entries from Local Authorities has dropped away, in no small part because organisations don’t tend to go it alone on projects anyway. Hopefully you will agree that there is still considerable scope for projects primarily conceived and driven by local authorities to be recognised under one of the other award categories.

The other change is to add a new “Leadership and Inspiration” award to complement the “Unsung Heroes” award. In the past we have had a number of entries across the spectrum and found ourselves trying to weigh up the merits of quite senior and often well-known people versus the real unsung heroes which the award was intended to spotlight.

The final new feature to alert you to for 2017 is a change of venue for the November awards ceremony, in response to the “marmite” reviews which the Waterloo venue attracted. Some people loved the quirkiness and novelty of a pop-up venue but this was not shared universally. This year we will be taking over Troxy, a beautifully restored art deco cinema in East London which has been converted to stage large events like ours. It offers at-table lunch service, bars and large circulating areas for networking before and after.

I sincerely look forward to welcoming ATCO members along with large numbers of other people involved in the world of public transport on 21st November and would encourage you to put in entries for anything which you think deserves the recognition we set out to provide.

Mark Yexley – Chairman, UKBA

 

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ATCO Rail Guide for Local Authorities

For those not familiar with its structure, the governance and working practices of the railway industry can appear to be complex and difficult to navigate.  This guide has therefore been written
to serve those officers and individuals engaged in local transport who know little about the rail industry as well as the more experienced transport professional who wishes to up-date their knowledge. Its aim is to introduce them to the main industry bodies, to encourage them to proactively engage with the industry, to offer guidance on how a local authority might take advantage of opportunities which rail offers and how to go about addressing rail related issues which may emerge in their own areas.

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Rail conference will focus on Devolution and the key role of Local Government

Speakers include:

  • Simon Smith, Director of Passenger Services Design at Department for Transport
  • David Brown – Transport for the North
  • Toby Rackliff – Transport for the West Midlands
  • David Crockett – CH2M (conference sponsor)
  • Philippa Edmunds – Freight on Rail
  • Graham Botham – Network Rail
  • Jonathan Chatfield* – Rail Delivery Group
  • Jim Bamford – Rail North
  • Jonathan Denby – Greater Anglia

The conference is in Manchester on 6 April 2017

Further details and to book (Click here)

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Local authorities in uphill struggle to keep bus services

Over a third (36%) of the local transport authorities in Great Britain had to cut supported bus services in 2016/17, ATCO’s latest report on council passenger
transport services shows 1. It is estimated that average budget increases between 2.3% and 3.1% will be needed in 2017/18 in order to maintain the existing levels of local bus and educational transport services paid for by local councils. John Carr, Chair of the ATCO Performance Executive, said “The results from our latest annual survey of prices, expenditure, competition and performance in local authority passenger transport services shows that councils continue to face an uphill struggle to keep passenger transport services for those that most need them. Year upon year of Government spending restrictions and increasing costs for operators have left the reality of many elderly people without cars having free bus travel passes but no buses to use them on. Several councils, including some of the largest counties, have ceased to fund socially necessary bus services at all.”

This situation has arisen despite contract prices for subsidising socially necessary bus services falling for the 8th consecutive year (an average of 2.0% less in 2015/16 than in the previous year) and school bus and Special Educational Needs (SEN) contract prices falling for the 10th consecutive year (averaging 8.3% less and 2.3% less respectively in the 12 months to 31st March 2016).

Many bus operators have worked with Councils to ensure the reducing funds available are put to best use. However operators are also experiencing cost pressures, with the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s CPT Cost Index at June 1 Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO) Local Authority Passenger Transport Survey 2016. As a result there is concern that
the rate of withdrawal of commercial3 bus services has increased. Some operators are terminating their subsidised service contracts early as well. The net cost of providing replacement local bus, school and SEN transport contracts in 2015/16 increased by 27% from £5.4m in the previous year to almost £7m. Barely half of all the commercial bus services withdrawn are being replaced, although local authorities are managing to replace over 90% of all transport contracts terminated early because they were no longer viable for the operators.

In 2016, the Survey consolidated two separate surveys to reduce the burden on local authority staff. Nevertheless several Councils responded that because of reorganisation and/or reduced staffing to meet reduced budgets they were unable to complete the Survey this year. In all, 73 out of 130 Local Transport Authorities outside London (which operates under different legislation) responded to the survey which gives a unique snapshot of local authority spending on passenger transport.

Roger Banks who manages the survey said

“ATCO is very grateful to the officers in the authorities that contributed to the Survey in an exceptionally busy year. With continuing pressure on local authority expenditure the ATCO surveys have a vital role not only in tracking how money is spent but also in enabling authorities to benchmark themselves against their peers. They are also a valuable resource for central government departments, researchers and private sector organisations”.

Headline results from the 2016 survey include:

  • Despite continuing local bus service contract price reductions, local authorities continue to face challenges to budget constraints, with 36% having had to cut supported bus services in 2016/17; on average a 2.3% increase in budget is needed in 2017/18 in order to maintain the current levels of local bus services.
  • Although replacement mainstream school and SEN transport contract prices fell for the 10th consecutive year (averaging 8.3% less and 2.3% less respectively than in the previous year), local authorities estimate on average a need to increase their SEN budgets by 3.1% in 2017/18 in order to retain existing SEN transport service levels.
  • On average, the rate of withdrawal of unsupported (“commercial”) local bus services has increased marginally since 1 October 2015. The estimated net cost of providing replacement local bus, school and SEN transport services in the 12 months to 31 March 2016 increased by 27% from £5.4m in the previous year to almost £7m. Barely half of the commercial bus services withdrawn by operators are being replaced.
  •  Competition for local bus service contracts has reduced, with an average of 2.9 bids per contract, 30.9% of contracts had only one bid, and 1.8% had no bids. So almost a third of contracts had no competition.
  • Competition for school transport and SEN transport contracts has also reduced, although it remains fairly strong, with an average of 3.7 and 5.9 bids per contract respectively and competition for around 90% of contracts, with under 2% of contracts having no bids.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure in Great Britain (excluding London) on the provision of local bus services is currently £280m.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure in Great Britain (excluding London) on the provision of unconventional road passenger transport services (such as dial-a-ride or taxibuses) is currently £60m.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure (excluding London and the English PTEs) on the provision of mainstream school transport is £540m.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure on the English and Welsh national concessionary travel schemes is £835m. London and Scotland have separate schemes for which data is not available.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure (excluding London and the English PTEs) on the provision of SEN transport is £470m.
  •  The estimated total annual local authority expenditure (excluding London and the English PTEs) on the provision of adult social care transport is £165m.
  •  Some 35% of all bus trips in England (excluding London) were made by holders of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass in 2016. Usage has reduced in the PTE areas but there is a generally rising trend nationally.
  • The number of concessionary travel passes in circulation (excluding London) is currently 11.15m (of which 1.06m are for younger disabled people), and the overall take-up rate for elderly people is 82%.
  • The average reimbursement cost of concessionary travel per concessionary permit issued has increased by 10% between 2015 and 2016, to £88.25: its highest level since 2009. Data is limited for Wales and Scottish data is not available.
  •  There has generally been a steady increase in the average reimbursement cost per head of those qualifying by age for the national concessionary travel schemes, with an increase in 2016 of 13% to £82.64, its highest level since the start of data collection in 2007. Again the cost is significantly higher in the predominantly urban areas. Data is limited for Wales and Scottish data is not available.
  • There has been a general upward trend in the average reimbursement fare paid to bus operators for concessionary travellers, although it has reduced by over 3% between 2015 and 2016.
  •  As expected, bus service reliability is better in the rural areas which are less affected by congestion and have many longer and less frequent services with greater potential to recover lost time.
  •  29% of all bus stops in Great Britain (excluding London) have a shelter.
  •  63% of all bus stops in Great Britain outside London have an information display.
  •  31% of all bus stops in Great Britain (excluding London) have a level boarding facility.
  •  The total annual local authority expenditure (excluding London) on the provision of public transport information is £17m.
  •  The total annual local authority capital expenditure on passenger transport in England (excluding London and the PTE areas) is £405m.
ATCO Press Release 2016 LAPTS (185.8 KiB, 88 downloads)

1 Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO) Local Authority Passenger Transport Survey 2016
2 CPT Cost Index (published 20-09-2016)
3 Commercial services are provided by operators at their own risk and are not planned or financially supported by local authorities.

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The 2016 Passenger Transport Survey

Data for the 2016 survey covering the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 were collected between June and October from local authorities across Great Britain (excluding London) having a responsibility for and/or undertaking the procurement of local…

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Home to School Transport Position Statement and Cost Analysis

In 2016, Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) contacted all DCSs to request information on home to school transport spend. The data received showed that local authorities across England spent approximately £1billion on home to school transport during 2015/16….

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ATCO Directory has been updated

The directory has been updated and so ATCO members can now download the 2016 edition as a PDF file. You can also search the membership database from this website for a wide range of search terms, including any transport authority…

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Website refresh

Not everything has changed This refresh to the ATCO website has been released now so that you can book on line for the ATCO training event at NEC in November. You don’t have to be an ATCO member to book…

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Bus Services Bill Update

The DfT Bus Services Bill Policy Team reminds us that: “Report stage, giving all members of the Lords a further opportunity to examine and make amendments to the Bill, will be on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Secondary legislation We are…

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Secondary Legislation

Discussion with key stakeholders, such as ATCO, will inform the detailed content of the regulations associated with the Bus Services Bill. To inform the debate on the regulation making powers in the Bill, the DfT have provided this set of Policy…

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Rail Strategy Documents

Web Link South Gloucestershire Council  The document is from the Joint LTP covering the four West of England authorities. It deals with all public transport and rai is covered in detail from Section 4.39 onwards. Other docuuments relating to rail…

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Bus Services Bill

The purpose of the Bill is to: To give elected mayors and local transport authorities the power to improve bus services for the people who use them. Mayoral combined authorities would be given London-style powers to franchise local services. Data…

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Invitation for board nominations

The ATCO Board are inviting nominations for a voting member, a non-voting member and vice-chair. The invitation and specification for nomination for non-voting member can be found by clicking here.  The closing date for the submission of an application is Friday…

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Specialist Transport Officer – Peterborough Council

Grade 9, £25,472 – £28,636 per annum Ref: CN3149 Full time, fixed term until 16 November 2012 (may be extended) Stuart House,Peterborough An opportunity has arisen for a knowledgeable and skilled individual to join the Passenger Transport Operations Team.  …

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Education Excellence Everywhere

The recently published White Paper, “Educational Excellence Everywhere”, includes the following – “local authorities will work with schools and parents in developing local school transport policies, giving schools the opportunity to provide school transport services where that makes sense locally”. …

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Education Excellence Everywhere

The recently published White Paper, “Educational Excellence Everywhere”, includes the following – “local authorities will work with schools and parents in developing local school transport policies, giving schools the opportunity to provide …

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Latest ATCO News

Welcome from the chair – Chris White
Nottingham City introduces Easylink – Tim Bowyer
Procurement of Norwich Park and Ride – Ian Hydes
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Get latest ATCO News

The new format of ATCO News …is easier to navigate and read on line in a bulletin format.  This means that the amount of content is less than in the traditional paper-based format.  However, it may be possible to produce…

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Winter Training Event & AGM 2015

ATCO Winter Training Event & AGM Wednesday 18th November 2015 London Transport Museum “Transport – It’s all about the Passengers!” Programme: Welcome from Chris White, ATCO Chair Department for Transport – update on Bus Reform, Quality Contracts and the Northern…

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ATCO seminar at Coach & Bus Live

1400hrs – 1500hrs on Thursday 1 October, NEC Birmingham Efficient and Effective – Total Transport Speakers: David Boden, Interim Group Manager, Transportation Services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Peter Hardy, Director at JMP Consultants Steve Doel, Senior Transport Officer at…

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EU Multimodal consultation

This consultation can be responded to by individuals, authorities or organisations.  The closing date is 24 November 2015. The main sections: Information about the participant Use of multimodal travel information services Understanding barriers and policy enablers Impacts of improved multimodal…

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Comment on BCA statement

A statement issued a few days ago by the Bus & Coach Association has caused some concerns within the industry. In clarification, ATCO and CTA have prepared a joint statement on the matter   View the: ATCO CTA statement…

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ATCO summer event 2015 programme

             A varied programme, with a separate Client Transport stream, is now published and ready for your booking. There is a lot going on in the Eastern Region, from an excellent case study for Smart ticketing, to innovation…

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VACANCY IN HIGHLAND COUNCIL

Job Title: Senior Transport Officer (Operations) Location: Inverness, Highland Salary: £28,392 – £31,104 Reference: HGH00543 In this post you would be responsible for developing and improving contract performance, cost-effectiveness and service quality in school and public transport. You will manage…

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Job advert: Senior Technician – Network

Senior Technician – Network DCC/14/3357 Grade 9 £23,108 – £24,792 per annum Countywide A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Integrated Transport Group responsible for managing the Council’s supported local bus network and public bus infrastructure. Working…

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Winter Event 2014

19 November – last few places remaining – programme and booking form The Annual Winter Training Event, 19 November, supported by Externiture, this year is again at the London Transport Museum, where a packed programme offers members the opportunity to learn, gain understanding of the…

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Job vacancy: Transport Development Technical Lead, Milton Keynes

6£27,000 – £31,000   Ref: 50019472 Join our Transport and Parking Service, and you will lead on contract management, including procurement, and the development and improvement of processes and services. It’s a chance to deliver significant improvements by enhancing the…

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ATCO News Summer 2014

The latest edition of ATCO News, sponsored by Externiture, has reached screens across the country today.  You can download it by clicking here.  In this quarters edition:   Partnership plus in the west miodlands Independent Travel Training Get the London look Step changes…

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Job vacancies – ITSO Limited

ITSO Limited have announced they are offering new opportunities to join the company.  The roles, which have been advertised on http://www.itso.org.uk/about-us/working-with-itso include Compliance, Programme and Project Management and Technical Analysis. More information can be found on the link above. Closing date: Applications must…

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Job advert Transport Planner /Senior Transport Planner (s) – Passenger Transport

Competitive Salary JMP Consultants is a forward-looking consultancy with 9 UK offices. We deliver high quality, sustainable transport solutions for our clients in the public and private sectors. We are currently seeking experienced passenger transport planners in the Birmingham, London…

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School Transport Seminar – 19 March 2014

Meeting the challenges of providing appropriate home to school transport for children with Special Educational Needs ATCO are pleased to announce that they are running a seminar on SEN home to school transport in central Birmingham on Wednesday 19th March….

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Good news masks severe problems for socially necessary bus services

Costs of replacing local bus contracts have fallen for the 5th consecutive year according to the results of the Association of Transport Co-Ordinating Officers (ATCO) 2013 Price Expenditure and Competition (PEC) Survey. The sixteenth annual PEC survey, shows that the…

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ATCO response to the Campaign for Better Buses report “Buses In Crisis. A report on Bus Funding across England and Wales”

ATCO welcomes the findings of the report, which identifies the risk to bus services that rely on council funding to operate, particularly but not only in large parts of rural Britain. The findings support recent wide-ranging research that clearly identifies…

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Advertise with ATCO

You can advertise with ATCO on our website, within our electronic directory and in our quarterly printed periodical ATCO News.  Pricing is broken down as follows: Advertising Rates Size of advertising space Appears in: Quarter A4 Half A4 A4 2…

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Transport Planner/Traffic Manager Vacancies

Tour de France 2014 is coming to Yorkshire.  TdFHUB2014, set up to plan and deliver this exciting opportunity for Yorkshire is looking for new members to join its team. You can find information about the roles at: Transport Planner http://sites.yorkshire.com/assets/tourdefrance/jobs/TDF2014TransportPlanner.pdf Traffic…

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Together on the move conference

A free one day conference exploring how the ‘TOGETHER’ programme, encouraging migrant communities to travel more sustainably, can be included in wider travel behaviour change programmes, is being ran by JMP.  Aimed at Local Authority Officers, it will be a…

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Winter Training Event 2013

Early bird deals extended until 8 November only – last few places remaining   Booking Form – Event Page The ATCO Winter Event agenda was launched today (24 September), with a broad focus on current issues facing local authority officers who have a…

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ATCO Masterclass at Coach and Bus Live 2013

Customer service is crucial to any industry. In a wide ranging discussion, where operators and local authority are both the customers to each other even before serving the end customer, the passenger, Elaine Rosscraig (Stagecoach) and Peter Sandman (Merseytravel) explore…

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Young Bus Managers Network

I hope you’ve heard of the Young Bus Managers Network. We have had some success of bringing like-minded, enthusiastic individuals together to share best practice in front of many distinguished speakers over the past few years.   We do recognise…

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Transport Select Committee announces their programme of work for the next year

ATCO welcomes the House of Common Transport Committee’s programme for 2013 to 2014 and particularly the committee’s focus on Passenger Transport in Isolated Communities and on Local Decision making on Transport Expenditure. It is hoped that a key element of…

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Contract Compliance & Safeguarding Best Practice Forum 16 May 2013

ATCO Special Interest Group  Contract Compliance & Safeguarding Best Practice Forum 16 May 2013 Our thanks to Steve Doel and West Berkshire Council for organising a joint South West and South East Special Interest Group (SiG) meeting at the Phoenix…

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ATCO Board – Election of CHAIR & VICE CHAIR

Nominations for the posts of ATCO Chair and Vice Chair are now being taken. Both roles are exciting opportunities to represent the transport professionals of ATCO at a national level, whether providing input to policy-shaping or influence in our relations…

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Summer Event 2013

Last few days to book! Programme – Booking form The Summer Event will take place in 2013 at the home of MerseyTravel. The three day Summer Conference which is entitled “a Celebration of Best Practice” aims to bring together what has worked…

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DRT Workshop – 13 June 2013

Loughborough University DRT workshop The purpose of the DRTforDRT project (www.drtfordrt.org.uk) is to develop relevant tools that will determine the potential contribution of DRT to meet transport and wider (social, economic and environmental) public policy objectives in England and Wales….

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Vacancy – Passenger Transport Specialist

JMP Consultants is an independent forward-looking consultancy owned by its directors and staff. We deliver high quality, sustainable transport solutions for our clients in the public and private sectors. We are looking for a highly motivated person with experience in…

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Vacancy – Passenger Transport Officer

Passenger Transport Officer (Ref:  SBO002020) Environment & Infrastructure £27,057.40 pro rata per annum/35hours per week Temporary for one year You will assist with the delivery of the Council’s home to school transport service. There will also be opportunities to assist…

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Connectivity Operations Manager – Staffordshire

 £46,959 – £50,689 per annum Location: Stafford Transforming Staffordshire’s transport network is fundamental to improving the county’s economic prosperity, as well as quality of life for individuals and communities. In this key role, you will be tasked with delivering effective…

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Value of Bus Services

A Summary of National Evidence While we know the cost of financial support for subsidised bus services, historically information on the value of bus services has been limited. And yet, given current and future budget pressures, how can policy makers…

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Sustainable travel award open for entries; Prize fund on offer to winners

The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, now in its second year,  is open for entries. Local authorities which are making an impact in changing behaviour and cutting carbon emissions are welcome to apply. The achievements of all finalists are…

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Job Advert: Local Bus Officer

Senior Transport Officer – Local Bus Network DCC/12/3617 Grade 10 £25,480 – £28,279 per annum County Hall, Matlock We are seeking an experienced transport planner to join the Council’s Public Transport Unit, initially on a two year fixed term contract. …

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People 1st calls for employers to speak up as Government reviews apprenticeships for the passenger transport sector

People 1st, the sector skills council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sector, is calling for all employers to express their views on how they wish apprenticeships to be shaped to help them deliver a workforce skilled to…

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Giving rail commuters an incentive to get to the station by bus

Many rail station car parks are full by the end of the morning peak period. This means that there are no parking spaces left for off-peak leisure rail travellers – some of whom will be occassional or completely new customers….

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Foreword and introduction

Introduction This research log records my experiences and thoughts during my research visit toGermanyin April 2012 for the Martin Robertson Memorial Travel Bursary, when I aimed to understand more about visitor travel management by visiting two National Park areas in…

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Meeting the Public Transport Needs of Essex Residents

  Meeting the Public Transport Needs of Essex Residents   Essex County Council recognises that access and inclusion to the public realm goes beyond complying with technical specifications and relies upon sound policies and engagement. Liaison is key; Essex County…

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Fit for the Future – Summer Event 2012

Booking form – Programme – Event Page This ATCO event has been designed to help support transport professionals who plan, design, commission and deliver passenger transport services. Our conference programme, designed around the theme “Fit for the Future” offers a chance to combine practical workshops with…

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TAS plans a Peter Huntley day to remember

Consultants The TAS Partnership have announced plans to commemorate Peter Huntley’s life with an event on October 4 2012, in association with Go Ahead Group plc, for whom Peter also worked as managing director of bus company Go North East…

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Green Light for Better Buses

‘Customers seem to be at the heart of a key number of policy interventions announced by DfT today in the command paper, “Green Light for Better Buses”,’ says the Chair of ATCO,Tracy Jessop. ‘The emphasis on increased collaboration between councils…

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“Green Light for Buses” – ATCO and DfT engagement

ATCO will be represented at an invitation only event with DfT and other industry stakeholders to hear first hand what the new command paper “Green Light for Buses” means for the current bus subsidy regime.   An event is taking place…

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A good day for public transport

The announcements from the Department of Transport today about the Better Bus Area Fund and Green Bus Fund are welcome news. Customers deserve high quality services and this investment is a welcome boost to the industry. The positive impacts of…

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Paralympic gold medal-winner to talk at Euro Bus Expo

Triple gold medal winner at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sophie Christiansen, is to offer her views on accessibility of public transport in a city environment as part of a seminar being presented by the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO)…

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In Memoriam of Peter Huntley

ATCO’s members were saddened recently to learn that Peter Huntley has passed away whilst out walking in the Lake District. He was 55. Peter had an ability to turn himself to any task – indeed, he was training for a…

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Bus Executive respond to Select Committee Evidence Request

The ATCO Bus Executive have responded to the Transport Select Committee’s call for evidence in response to the Competition Commission final report about competition in the local bus market. The response, which can be downloaded by members, has been submitted…

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Better Bus Bid Request from Passenger Focus

Passenger Focus have today written to Local Authorities through ATCO regarding the bidding for the Better Bus Area Fund to ask them to consider passenger satisfaction as a performance measure. The letter, which can be downloaded below by members, includes…

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Board Vacancy for a Voting Member

Following the appointment of David Blainey to the role of ATCO Vice Chair, a vacancy has arisen for the position of Board Member. We are now seeking applications from voting members for the position, and a Person Specification outlining the…

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Green Bus Fund Bidding Details Announced

Bidding details have been recently announced for the £20 million 3rd round of the Green Bus Fund.  The details, available from the DfT website, along with guidance and proformas are to support the purchase of low carbon buses. A previous round…

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Winter Conference Offers

Offer 1 Receive 50% discount on ATCO Membership for new members when booking a place at the Winter Conference Offer 2 10% discount voucher towards the 2012 ATCO Summer Conference (to be held in June/July in the Midlands) Offer 3 Book…

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ATCO Response to the Government Response to the House of Commons Transport Committee Report

ATCO welcomes engagement with Government and other organisations to help to improve conditions for the public transport network including the community sector. However, it is a concern that Government appears to be hiding behind the aims of localism and their lack of willingness to ringfence funding to avoid addressing the…

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ATCO Response to the Competition Commission’s Provisional Decision on Remedies

ATCO cautiously welcomes some aspects of the Competition Commission’s Provisional Decision on Remedies, while also considering that the report fails to address some fundamental issues. The proposals to reinforce measures which may increase competition are welcomed. However competition for tendered…

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Competition Commission proposals revealed for the UK bus industry

The Competition Commission (CC) has today published detailed and wide-ranging proposals to open up bus markets across the country to greater competition.   This is the latest stage in the CC’s investigation into the local bus market in the UK…

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County Council comes out fighting on £4.5 million concessionary bus fare shortfall – Fair Fares petition launched

A campaign backed by councillors, businesses and MPs to persuade the Government to fairly fund the concessionary bus scheme in Norfolk is being launched by Norfolk County Council on today (26 September 2011). A full meeting of the County Council…

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Re-launched buspartnership.com reflects growing use of Transport Act powers

An updated buspartnership.com website (www.buspartnership.com) has been launched today (31st August 2011). The site is now backed by ATCO, alongside original sponsors, pteg and CPT, and contains updated documentation on new or ground breaking voluntary partnerships and SQPs from Gateshead to Nottingham, and…

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Rail Executive RUS Consultation Response

The Rail Executive has published its consultation response for members information.  If you are a member and logged in, it can be found by clicking the link below.  If you have any comments, please contact the Rail Executive, the information…

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Response to InterCity West Coast franchise ITT

ATCO has submitted it’s response to the InterCity West Coast franchise ITT.  ATCO members can access this by logging in to the website and clicking on the download information below. If you have a query, please contact the ATCO Rail…

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ATCO Response to the House of Commons Transport Committee Report “Bus Services after the Spending Review”

The Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO) broadly welcomes the report, its findings, and the concerns it raises about the real threats to rural and other bus services that are the direct result of the government Spending Review. However in…

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Traveline Conference 2011

Book your place now for the Traveline: Fit for the Future, conference on 21 September 2011 in Birmingham and as last year, there is no charge. The programme will focus on meeting the needs of customers, sharing our data and…

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Winter Conference 24 November 2011

Can a Leopard change its spots? Travel Behaviour Change Is Possible – view our special offers! This years winter conference has a challenging theme.  Distinguished speakers include: Norman Baker MP, Minister for Transport Elaine Rosscraig, Stagecoach UK Bus Neil Buxton, ACoRP…

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School Transport – Efficiency and Practice Review Working Group Survey

As many ATCO members will be aware, the Department for Education (DfE) is carrying out an ‘efficiency and practice review of school transport’. It is in the interest of ATCO members that we are involved in this process and I…

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Minister announces new CPT safety guidance

Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP has given his support to new guidance for health and safety in a bus or coach station. The information has been jointly published by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) and Passenger Transport Executive…

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DfT issues updated Bus Punctuality Improvement Partnership Guidance

The Department for Transport has issued updated bus Punctuality Improvement Partnership guidance today (Friday 15 July 2011). More commonly known as “PIPs”, transport authorities work with operators to reduce congestion and improve time keeping on bus routes.  The Department for Transport has…

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‘Door to Door Journeys’ and ‘Total Transport’

ATCO is pleased to keep its members up to date with relevant publications issued by other organisations in the passenger transport field. Follow the links below to read these two recently published reports by the Campaign for Better Transport and…

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Senior Transport Officer – Local Bus Network – Derbyshire

Senior Transport Officer – Local Bus Network DCC/11/9840 Grade 10 £25,480 – £28,279 per annum An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Integrated Transport Group responsible for managing the Council’s supported local bus network. You will have responsibility for…

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Updated boards

ATCO Board Members ATCO Regional Representatives Business & Administration Executive Bus Executive Specialised Transport Executive School Transport Executive Information Executive Performance Group Rail Executive Communications and Marketing Executive ATCO Board Members Name ATCO Role Mr Bruce Thompson Chair Ms Tracy…

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Red Tape Challenge

The “Red Tape Challenge” which the Government is currently running on the Cabinet Office website. Road transport regulation is the current theme on the website and comments can be posted until 17 June. Among other topics, this covers regulations on…

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Summer Conference 2011

Growing the market ATCO’s national summer conference is the largest gathering of local authority staff responsible for the provision of local authority passenger transport services. It also attracts many transport professionals from the private public transport sector. This years conference…

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2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting for 2010 will be held at 1445 on Friday 26 November 2010 at the Local Government Association offices in Smith Square London. Voting members will be asked to consider the Board’s rule change proposals on subscriptions…

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