Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by Connex (IT 165)

  I note that on Wednesday 18 November the Committee continues its inquiry into Integrated Transport, and I would like to update you on some of the initiatives we have underway at Connex.

  Throughout the area served by Connex there are a number of joint ventures between us and leading bus operators such as Arriva. The first such rail/bus initiative was launched in the Brighton area in 1996. Since then we have set up a number of similar schemes across both franchises with combined through ticketing, such as the Medway RailBus link which we are very pleased to have Glenda Jackson help us to launch in June of this year. We have also recently opened a one-stop bus shop at Eastbourne station where our customers can buy tickets for bus journeys in the local area and at specific locations we have been able to fine tune our train plan to complement local bus timetables.

  We have the advantage that our parent company CGEA is the biggest private operator of public transport in Europe, and we have been able to draw on their experience of running Metrobus, an integrated transport network in Rouen consisting of two light rail transit lines and 37 bus routes.

  I would welcome the opportunity to supply further details on what we are doing to promote integrated transport in areas served by Connex.

Peter Kendall

Communications Director

16 November 1998

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