Warwickshire County Council selects Omnibus for BSIP solution

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is to use Omnibus’s cloud-based platform to plan and publicise bus services and deliver on a commitment to improve journey information for customers.

It comes after the provision of better publicity information was identified as a “priority measure” in WCC’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

Omnibus’s OmniSTOPdesign timetable publicity software will let WCC create and maintain displays in multiple styles, sizes and formats without the need to use a graphic designer.

“Warwickshire County Council creates and maintains NaPTAN stops, timetable schedules, bus routes, roadside publicity displays, as well as analysing ‘what if’ scenarios and importing and exporting data,” says Derek Riley, Passenger Transport Officer at Warwickshire County Council. “Following a county-wide survey to help shape our BSIP, better static timetable information was identified as a measure which would encourage more people to use the bus. For example, ‘easier access to bus service information’ featured as one of the top three measures in the results from both regular users and infrequent or non-users.

“OmniSTOPdesign offers us new possibilities in timetable publicity that can take things to a whole new level. We will be able to manage roadside and online publicity information for local bus services, from improving roadside/in-street route and timetable information, including the use of digital displays, to integrating bus services and timetables in order to maximise scope for multi-modal connections.”

The contract was awarded after a tender process. The contract will see the council implement timetabling, mapping, timetable publicity, roadside asset management and data sharing solutions.

Adds Peter Crichton, Founder of Omnibus: “I’m delighted that Omnibus has been successful in being awarded this tender. Our software solutions have been designed with the needs of transport authorities and bus operators in mind to improve operational efficiency.

“Our timetabling system provides flexible modelling tools that provide high-level timetables and schedules to give a quick view of effectiveness for different scenarios. Our timetable publicity software for stop displays enables users to produce information displays quickly and cost-effectively, while our communications and infrastructure applications provide accurate transport data to all internal and external downstream systems.”