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Liverpool is to become the first UK city to run ArrivaClick, the cashless app-based demand-responsive transport (DRT) solution, after successful pilot in Kent.
According to the Arriva website 'Arriva click is a flexible minibus service that takes multiple passengers all heading in the same direction. Using our app, you just register your details and credit/debit card information, select your pick up and drop off and we'll do the rest.
You'll always be guaranteed a comfortable seat, along with wifi and charging points, in one of our brand new, luxurious, Mercedes minibuses.
No cash needed either: simply pay on your phone once your ride is confirmed.'
Passengers who use the on-demand ArrivaClick service will determine the route by entering their chosen pick-up point and destination.The technology will match people travelling in the same direction to the right vehicle, said the operator.Arriva is working with Merseytravel to roll out the service this summer, initially with six vehicles. It plans to run 25 vehicles by summer 2019.Kevin O'Connor, managing director of UK Bus Arriva, said the company had chosen the city to be the first in the UK to host its new, cashless bus service.
"Liverpool is a city that embraces new ideas, so it was the natural choice for us."
With no fixed routes, journeys are determined by where passengers want to go within an area running from the city centre to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.Sharing journeys also has the advantage of helping to reduce air pollution and congestion in urban areas.Matt Goggins, Head of Bus at Merseytravel, welcomed Arriva's decision to launch the innovative service in Liverpool."One of Merseytravel's main aims is to make sustainable journeys a more attractive choice for people in the Liverpool City Region, particularly when accessing things like training, education and employment."By providing a new way to use public transport, ArrivaClick really supports that vision."
Arriva said that when the same technology was piloted in Kent, more than half its passengers had switched from private cars with 43% using it for their daily commute.
......................especially in this weather.
Staying up in the North West, news reaches us that Cumbria Classic Coaches of Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen intend to operate their convertible open top ex.Crosville Bristol 'Lodekka' in stage service today and tomorrow, with the roof removed.
Today (Tuesday 3rd June) it will be on their original route 569 (Ravenstonedale & Hawes via the Mallerstang), and tomorrow (Wednesday 4th June), route 572 (Ravenstonedale & Barnard Castle via Middleton-in-Teesdale).
See their website for timetable details at http://www.cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk
This article first appeared on www.focustransport.org
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