Real time community transport management system

Real time community transport management system Leader case study.

Project description

Investment in bespoke logistics software and devices for drivers to enable more efficient timetabling and better use of resources.

Need for project

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport (BECT) is a registered charity based in the Bakewell area offering a safe, caring, flexible and efficient transport service for people of all ages and backgrounds. They aim to encourage and facilitate voluntary participation in community activities, as well as help sustain and develop local economies and social integration.

The project involves investing in a bespoke piece of community transport logistics software development and devices for drivers to enable more efficient timetabling and better use of resources.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport will encourage more people to use the vehicles by utilising a computerised booking system that will be kept 'live' whilst the vehicles are on the road. This will have an indirect benefit to the rural economy as less cars will be on the road and will keep carbon emissions lower. The system will enable the journeys to be more efficient and effective and reduce fuel and driver costs. The software will enable greater efficiencies of vehicle and passenger usage and will enable efficiency savings for the organisation. The system will be a pilot to test if a demand response system can work in a rural area and could potentially be an innovation applied to other community transport organisations in rural areas.

Project cost

Total cost: £6,749.17

LEADER grant: £4,724.42

Projected outcomes

Rural population benefitting 1,900 through increased passenger numbers.

Assisting in safeguarding 13 jobs.