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Making rail travel easier for passengers through integrated transport

Train companies are committed to making it easier for passengers to catch the train by improving links with other forms of transport, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said.

The remarks came after a successful ATOC Interchange and Integrated Transport Conference held in Manchester.

The sold-out conference of around 140 delegates – almost double the size of last year’s conference - has become the leading industry event for integrated transport.
The conference saw rail and bus operators, local authorities, consultants, community rail and passenger groups come together to discuss the future of integrated rail travel. There was a particular focus on the development of more effective interchanges across the rail network.

Delegates came to hear presentations on best practice in station travel planning, cycle-rail, interchange management and information provision from some of the world’s leading experts.

Transport Minister Norman Baker gave the keynote address in which he outlined his vision for ‘door-to-door’ journeys and integrated ticketing. He also echoed the government’s commitment to work with the rail companies to encourage access by cycle and took part in a 20 minute question and answer session.

Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of ATOC, said: “The conference was a fantastic opportunity for the industry to come together to discuss the future of integrated rail travel.

“We are committed to making it easier for passengers to access the rail network, whether it be by cycling, walking or by bus. We are looking at lots of new and innovative approaches from integrated rail and public transport and cycle hire tickets to automated vending machines for hiring folding bikes.

“The railway is busier than ever with more passengers than at any time since the 1920s. Integrated transport has an important role to play in ensuring that growth continues, by making rail travel easy and straightforward for as many people as possible.”

Other speakers included:

Phillip Darnton, Chair, Executive Director, Bicycle Association
Mark Antwis, Managing Director, Brompton Dock
Alex Sully, Principal Consultant, Transport Initiatives LLP
Rebecca Hunt, Research Director, bdrc Continental
John McNulty, Director, John McNulty Consultancy
Paul Holloway, Principal Transport Planner, Halcrow

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