Merseytravel chooses Omnibus for cloud-based scheduling

Merseytravel, the transport delivery arm of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, has chosen Omnibus’s cloud-based solution for its timetabling and scheduling software.

The agreement extends the operator’s partnership with EPM Group. Together they have already deployed ETM DAS, a contract management solution, and EPM Insights, an interactive analytics platform.

ETM DAS monitors the performance of tendered routes to help make cost-effective decisions while EPM Insights offers real-time management information and dashboards.

The scheduling suite will integrate with those products, removing the need for manual entry of timetables when preparing to isssue new tenders.

Omnibus’s TransXchange viewer tools can also be used to review submissions from operators to ensure compliance with tender specifications, streamlining multiple tender submissions.

“The implementation of Omnibus scheduling suite will help streamline and increase the efficiency of the tendering process by removing the need for manual data entry,” says Jeanette Townson, Bus Development Manager at Merseytravel. “Previously this process involved creating timetables in Microsoft Word and Excel which was time consuming and difficult to update.

“The integration of the products and automation capabilities will help ensure data quality and provide significant time savings – freeing up valuable resources to focus on other priorities.”

Adds Ian Churchill, CEO at EPM Group (pictured): “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Merseytravel, and this new integration is testament to the software’s capabilities as well as the value which is achieved with the two businesses, EPM and Omnibus, working together. Driving efficiency is the key goal behind our software solutions and we are committed to helping Transport Authorities improve the effectiveness of their organisations and the success of their networks.”