New opportunities for Demand Responsive Transport

Webinar: 09.30 - 11.00

27 May 2021


Demand responsive services are shooting up the Department for Transport's (DfT) wish list. 'Demand responsive' was mentioned 30 times in the Government’s recently published Bus Back Better strategy. In March 2021, the DfT's Rural mobility fund offered new funding to trial on-demand bus services in rural or suburban areas.

The 17 successful mobility fund applications and their bid values have been announced, sharing a £19,411,523 pot

The Bus Back Better strategy DRT wishlist includes:

  • Places unserved or barely served by conventional buses, such as rural villages and out-of-town business parks

  • Demand responsive services that are seen as a safe mode of transport in the evenings and late at night

  • Services in low-density areas and at low-demand times of day

  • Demand responsive transport integrated with conventional buses, where they exist

During April 2021, Landor LINKS and Padam Mobility have been surveying attiitudes to Demand Responsive Transport, and findings from the survey will be compiled into a free report and shared at this webinar 

  • Please do join us for a chance to hear from experts and join the discussion about the future of DRT:

    How flexible, on-demand bus services can help to build back better

  • This webinar is aimed at local authorities, policy makers and all who are interested in learning more about the opportunities for moving to flexible on-demand transport.

  • The key aim is to rebalancing the transport offer in sparsely populated areas and allow users to move around with more freedom.

  • Determining service levels: coverage areas and levels, communication, marketing and operating costs

  • The user experience: book trips in real time or in advance via an application, a website or a call centre.

  • Data collection: Transport operators supervise operations and collect data for continuous service improvement

  • Optimised services: Using smart and dynamic DRT solutions using algorithms for routing, itinerary optimisation and passenger pooling based on artificial intelligence


Chair: John Taylor, Director, TAS Partnership

Jamie Cole, Deputy Head of Buses, Light Rail & Taxis Division, Department for Transport

David Carnero, Business Development International, Padam Mobility

Beate Kubitz, consultant, future mobility

Dr Patrizia Franco, Principal Demand Modeller, Connected Places Catapult

Andrew Highfield, Head of Integrated Transport, Hertfordshire County Council

Stuart Eccles, DRT supervisor, Lincolnshire County Council

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