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Smart transport ticketing in the North?

HATS Group and Olympic South Ltd CEO Henry Bilinski discusses new ‘Oyster Care for the north’.

The simple, but innovative Oyster card has come to define travel in London – it’s helped to transform the way we use and view underground transport. But can the highly successful, easy-to-use payment system be used outside of London? Well, we might be about to find out.

Efficiency and accessibility

In today’s transport industry, efficiency and accessibility is everything. Services and transport such as buses, trains and taxis haven’t changed too much over the years in terms of their primary function, but there’s always more we can do when it comes to performance and overall value.

Introducing a new system for quick travel payments in London was a big step for improved transport. The Oyster card, followed by Apple Pay and contactless card payments, has led the Capital’s underground system into a new era. But if our new efficient payment system is so affective – surely other cities in the UK should follow?

Autumn spending review

Well according to a number of sources, Chancellor George Osbourne is expected to announce £150m in new cash to start rolling out an ‘Oyster Card for the north’ at the autumn spending review.

This new smart ticketing system could see use in cities such as Manchester and Liverpool in the future, in which passengers could travel by bus, train or tram, in a number of different locations, all using the same digital ticket.

Next steps

Whilst digital, mobile phone tickets are already available on a number of different transport modes in the North, this new smart system will see more fluidity between different providers and transport systems. Great news for commuters.

TfN (Transport for the North) says smart ticketing will ’make it simple and easy to travel around and between city regions’.

It’ll be a long wait until the new ‘northern Oyster card’ is up and running, but this could be great news for transport users in the North.

More information when it comes in.

Until next time…

Henry Bilinski.

No night tube in 2015

When it was announced earlier this year that a number of main underground train stations in London would introduce a new ‘night tube’ service, the response from the public was mainly positive. But with unions locked in talks with London Underground representatives, it seems the new 24-hour service won’t be properly introduced until 2016.

‘Night Tube’ Service

Originally due to start in September, the ‘night tube’ service has been significantly delayed amid talks over pay and working conditions. These talks, between representatives from train union ASLEF and London Underground bosses, have broken down, with no current agreement in sight.

Negotiations

Talking about the negotiations, district organiser for ASLEF, Finn Brennan, confirmed a recent breakdown on the 15th of October saying:

“Unfortunately talks ended without any agreement, it’s pretty clear night tubes won’t be running in this year.”

Despite failed negotiations, which have been on-going for the past 3 months, the union hopes to resume talks with London Underground to resolve issues regarding working conditions for drivers and Underground staff.

What next?

Brennan said he would discuss next steps with other union representatives so that an agreement could be met:

“We have put forward a number of proposals to resolve this dispute in a way that is fair and benefits both sides. London Underground have rejected them all. Most disappointingly of all, [London Underground] have decided to blackmail their own employees by refusing to make a pay offer unless staff agree to worsen their working conditions. That is not something we are prepared to accept.”

With such an innovative and well-publicised new service at stake, talks between both unions and London Underground couldn’t be more important. And despite the delays in opening the service, here’s to hoping the 24-hour night tube is introduced in early 2016.

You can find out more about the service delays over on the Guardian website.

Until next time….

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

Henry Bilinski discusses ambulances vandalised in West Midlands

Ambulance and healthcare transport services need to be more prepared than ever after repeat attacks in the West Midlands.

HATS Group

At the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group and Olympic South Ltd, we’re always well aware of the importance of our services to the community and those around us. That’s why we go to such great lengths to deliver our specialist services, day in day out, no matter the risks.

Working in patient and home to school transport, at HATS, we take our jobs very seriously. When helping the vulnerable and dependant, we help to deliver services which are as comfortable and risk-free as possible – employing the very best individuals and implementing first-class procedures and practices.

Managing risks

Preparing for complications and managing risks is something we’re very used to at HATS. We regularly review our services and make sure that our staff are equipped for new problems and potential accidents, especially when in the field. And with the unexpected news about ambulance services in the West Midlands this week, there’s never been a better time to be prepared.

Vandalism

Reported by ITV news, it seems ambulances in the West Midlands area are being targeted by vandals, after two vehicles were recently attacked in under 24 hours.

Ambulance Vandalised Henry Bilinski
Credit: WMAS

The second of the two attacks took place whilst paramedics were inside a building treating patients. The ambulance’s window was smashed in in Shrewsbury as paramedics treated a victim of an assault. The bumper of another ambulance was prised off on the same day.

Speaking about the attacks, Area Manager for Warwickshire said:

“It’s beggar’s belief why someone would do this to an ambulance, a vehicle designed to help save lives.

“The ambulance crew noticed the damage immediately after returning to their vehicle and were very disappointed and upset by the incident.”

As the CEO of a Group working in healthcare transport, it’s shocking to see such disregard for services dedicated to helping people. It’s something at HATS, we hope we and our transport users never have to experience first-hand.

For more about the story, please visit ITV, and for more about HATS, be sure to visit www.HATSGroup.com.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.

HATS release road safety guide

With another school year just around the corner, at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’re busy preparing our fleet of specialist drivers and vehicles ready for the new term this September.

As part of our transport network, at HATS, we help to provide SEN and mainstream home to school transport to more than twenty Local Authorities and Shires in Greater London. And as part of that service, one of our most important duties is to help keep passengers and school children as safe as possible.

School Transport

Whilst the UK’s transportation system is one of the safest in the world, at HATS we’re always looking for new ways to further improve our services and make our services as safe and reliable as possible.

In an attempt to raise awareness for both safe travel in the UK and beyond, we’ve recently started to support the #SaveKidsLives campaign coordinated by the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration. It’s a great cause which aims to put a stop to child road deaths around the world, and one I’m proud to back.

#SaveKidsLives

#SaveKidsLives calls for Governments from around the world to commit to take action at the Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia in November 2015. The campaign highlights the plight of children on the roads and aims to save lives on the roads for years to come.

‘Staying Safe’ flyer

At HATS we have recently produced a handy double-sided safety guide for school children on our services – raising awareness for #SaveKidsLives. The flyer of school bus Dos and Dont’s is designed to help make children more aware of road safety on our services when travelling to and from school.

As well as providing children with some key safety information, our new flyer also shines a light on the amazing #SaveKidsLives campaign, and how everyone can get involved.

We recommend visiting the #SaveKidsLives website where you can sign the declaration and download the signboard.

You can also view and download the safety flyer right now on the HATS website.