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On-demand coach services: a new form of efficient transport

Thomas Ableman, Chief executive officer, Sn-ap, London E17
17 February 2017

More people are making journeys than ever before. Our streets are getting more crowded and our roads more congested and yet most public transport seats travel empty.

What if public transport could be efficient? Taking people where they want to go, when they want to go, and only taking up road space if the vehicle is actually full. Technology is now at the point where this is possible.

Last year, I stepped out of my comfortable job in rail as commercial director of Chiltern Railways and founded...

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