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Through ticket to Interchange shows the future

FRENCH SOFTWARE company Sema is developing a through ticketing system to help delegates reach next year's Interchange integrated transport exhibition on public transport.

Delegates will be able to buy one ticket covering a range of different types of public transport, so that they can get to the event easily.

Interchange, organised by NCE publisher Emap, is claimed to be Britain's first dedicated integrated transport event.

So far a series of major UK contractors and consultants have signed up as exhibitors at the three day event. They include Maunsell, Amey, Halcrow, Carillion, Brown & Root, Laing and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Technological advances coupled with greater investment in transport are spurring consultants, contractors, transport operators and clients to forge new relationships to capitalise on the growing integrated transport market.

The success of innovative projects such as the integrated transport hub being created at Manchester Airport have already enlivened the market.

Companies are expected to take advantage of the networking opportunities provided by the first event, bringing together all sectors of the integrated transport market for the first time.

Interchange will also arm companies with information to form strategies to make the most of the quantum leap in spending on integrated transport projects arising from the Government's recent £180M, 10 year plan for transport.

By December, the Government will have made its decision on local authorities' five year Local Transport Plan bids for transport spending.

The blue print for integrated transport across the regions over the next five years will be known and the process of procuring the solutions will have begun.

Ex-Government transport minister, Transport for London board member and Interchange President Steve Norris said: 'Interchange is a pivotal event for the developing integrated transport market in the UK.

'Bringing together the leading players from the transport and construction worlds will encourage innovative thinking, the exchange of ideas and the definition of the market place for the next decade.

'For this reason I am delighted to be a part of it and would urge all those companies who see this new market as an opportunity to get similarly involved.'

The event will be held at the ExCel conference venue in London's Docklands.

To kick off proceedings in the right spirit, Interchange has forged an alliance with computer software company Sema to develop the single ticket for delegates to the event, covering different modes of public transport.

Public transport passenger interests at Interchange will be represented by the Rail Passengers Council, the Consumer Association and the National Consumer Council.

To ensure the first Interchange serves up what the industry wants Interchange has secured major players as launch partners including First Group, Sema, Railtrack and Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Over 50 key industry leaders have been assembled to form the Interchange advisory board.

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