Issue 02  |  April 2018
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An Historic Meeting in Liverpool

As I'm sure you're aware, Transport for the North have had a busy month preparing to formally take up its statutory powers and become England's first statutory Sub-national Transport Body.

Our inaugural board meeting in Liverpool on 5th April was the first chance for Transport for the North to take up its new powers.
We are now an organisation that is able to ensure the Government formally considers Transport for the North's plans when making decisions on transport investment in the North. TfN are now able to fund organisations itself to deliver transport projects and continue to drive forward the Integrated and Smart Travel programme.

The statutory status is a great accolade the organisation has been working tirelessly to achieve. We all appreciate the support everyone has given TfN during this process. I have no doubt that in having statutory status, this will positively affect the development of the Integrated and Smart Travel Programme and, more widely, Transport for the North's vision overall. 

This is a hugely important financial year for our programme, with Phase 1 delivery and Phase 2 and 3 procurements, I look forward to working with you all to build on our previous progress.
- Alastair Richards, IST Programme Director

ITSO on Rail Project Team Launch

In the last newsletter we told you how the ITSO on Rail team brought several major operators and their suppliers together for a team launch, focussing on collaborative working and creating overarching principles to drive the scheme forward. Following on from the success of the launch, operators Northern, TransPennine Express and Merseyrail are working closely with their suppliers to develop the ITSO on Rail plans further. 

Northern, in particular, is continuing to roll out ticket vending machines (TVMs) in its stations alongside continuing to work on delivery plans. The machines will make it easier for passengers to travel and buy tickets in the North, and are a pre-requisite for the ITSO and SMART technology in the future. 

Operators are continuing to work together to develop the ITSO on Rail project successfully, with Darren Higgins of TransPennine Express voicing the changes needed to materialise through working collaboratively:
“Customer satisfaction with ticket retailing is not where it needs to be. That is why we are proud to be working together in partnership with others to make this a reality.”

Fare Data and Disruption Messaging Team go to Tender

Within the last month our Customer Information, Collaboration and Innovation team have been finalising requirements and procurement documentation for their Fares Data Build Tool, Disruptions and Open Data Hub initiatives. The initiatives have now been launched on the TfN Procurement Portal and are open for tender.

Alex Suswillo, Senior Project Manager of the team, is looking forward to the development of the project: 
These initiatives will provide customers with improved access to fares and disruption information across the North with the procurement process being the next step in driving these information hubs forward.
As part of the procurement step, the team have also undertaken a number of market engagement sessions to strengthen the project with suppliers and improve designs. They have also commenced detailed planning of how the team will work with partners to define new business processes to support the initiatives.

BICC Approval Meeting for Account Based
Ticketing on the Horizon


The Account Based Ticketing team are continuing with preparations for the Board Investment and Commercial Committee (BICC) approval meeting, which is due to take place in May. After BICC, the team can progress the Outline Business Case for Ministerial sign-off.


In addition to this, work is ongoing with the production, sign-off and approval of all necessary documentation required to launch the procurement for this key element of the IST programme.


A considerable amount of work has been undertaken on finalising the business requirements catalogue and developing an outline plan for the design of the target operating model of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which has been shared with key stakeholders.


Following a successful engagement session with our key bus operator partners in March, a proposed plan for ongoing engagement, including best practice principles and topics for discussion, will be reviewed at the next session in April.

TfN and ODI Leeds partner for Leeds Digital Festival 2018

Titled 'The Future of Transport in the North', the event, in conjunction with ODI Leeds, aims to inform those working in transport, data or who are simply interested in transport developments, the emerging technologies surrounding travel in Leeds and other major cities within the North of England.
The event will showcase the vast potential in digital and data for revolutionising transport within the North, including smart ticketing, dockless bikes, mobility-as-a-service, and more.

There will be a series of talks from operators, transport organisations, and service providers followed by networking opportunities and technology demonstrations.

The event is FREE - register your place here.

Strategic Plan still open for consultation

Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan is still under public consultation. Have your say and help shape transport in the North. Feedback can be given on the plan up until April 17th and you can contribute either online or in person, details of both options can be found here.
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