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Thursday, November 4, 2021

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Ticketer excited by its new DRT partnership Hungerford firm improving demand responsive transport in rural areas

electronic ticket machines (ETMs). The third element is Con- nection Protection, which will provide assurance that there will be a connecting service available. Public transport is a key service that connects people to their jobs and leisure. Passengers in urban are- as often enjoy better public transport options in terms of accessibility and frequency. DRT services aim to bring a similar level of connectivity that is enjoyed in city centres to suburban and rural areas, and a seamless payment expe- rience when changing modes which is a key element for the success of any multimodal programme. Presenting a consistent user experience through ticket- ing that works on both a DRT service and fixed-line buses, alongside accepting payment methods like EMV contact- less, ITSO or cash, will help get more people out of their cars and back to public trans- port. The Padam Mobility and

Ticketer collaboration will enable a smooth modal inte- gration through the existing Ticketer ETMs with one sin- gle driver interface, reducing operator costs as well as pro- viding simplicity and flexibil- ity for drivers. For passengers, the travel experience is improved by re- moving any payment friction, and connection protection will ensure a reliable, connected and integrated multimodal service. Ticketer Group general manager UKand international Antonio Carmona said: “This is another step on our path to opening up our Ticketer plat- form to new partners. “We are excited to work with Padam Mobility to bring DRT and conventional public transport networks closer to- gether. “A convenient, reliable and equitable alternative to car travel is the first step in addressing the mobility and sustainability challenges that we have as a society, and this partnership is an important step in that direction.”

HUNGERFORD - BASED public transport ticketing software and information systems provider Ticket- er and smart and flexible mobility solutions provid- er Padam Mobility have formed a partnership wid- ening the opportunities for further demand responsive transport (DRT) integration for operators and local au- thorities. The planned Padam Mobil- ity and Ticketer integration will see further enablement of DRT and fixed-route bus intermodality, along with a new level of flexibility for op- erators in the way they deploy their services. Three key components will provide the impetus to change the DRT landscape for the bet- ter. The first is the ticketing integration between Ticketer and Padam’s mobile app for booking and following DRT trips. The second is DRT driver features that will be avail- able on the existing Charn- ham Lane-based Ticketer’s

Local beers can be enjoyed along the Great West Way in pubs like The Bell at Ramsbury Picture: Great West Way Tourism support for firms on Great West Way

GREAT West Way is work- ing in partnership with VisitEngland, tourism or- ganisations, official tour operators and industry partners to deliver a new travel industry support programme for tourism and hospitality businesses and destinations along or within easy reach of the route. Great West Way is a tour- ing route between London and Bristol which is based on ancient landscape, following 500 miles of navigable routes, roaming through idyllic coun- tryside, quaint villages and elegant towns, including New- bury and Hungerford. The virtual business sup-

port programme is aimed at tourism and hospitality busi- nesses and destinations who are either new to working with the travel trade or for those who are more experi- enced but keen to develop a clearer understanding. It aims to grow volume and value by way of winning new travel trade business and levelling up tourism and the spread of visitors to the re- gion. Content is delivered by VisitEngland as part of its li- censed training programme ‘Taking England to theWorld’. To find out more, visit https://www.greatwestway. travel-trade-training

Antonio Carmona

This is another step on our path to opening

up our Ticketer platform to new partners

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