In January 2015 the Government launched the Total Transport pilot fund.  Local authorities in England were able to bid for resources to implement a cross-sector integrated approach to the delivery of transport services, including health services, higher education organisations and operators.  

CIHT and Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) have played a supporting role on the Governance Board of the Network Northamptonshire Total Transport Pilot.  CIHT ran an event which highlighted some of the successful work carried out by the Total Transport Pilots - the event explored how these might be taken forward in light of the Bus Services Bill.

Aim of the event:

  • To inform delegates about some of the successful pilot schemes and help attendees gain an insight into some of the innovative thinking carried out by those schemes.
  • To help attendees understand how some of the work and projects might be transferred across the country.

Who is was for:  Local Authorities, Clinical Commission Groups, clients and providers.

Where speakers have given us permission to do so, pdf copies of their presentations can be viewed in the CIHT member area - you can log into your member area by clicking here. 

Total Transport Pilot - 23 March 2017

Speakers included:

  • Steve Blackmore, Department for Transport
  • Liam Fassam - Institute Director, University of Northampton
  • John Sykes – Network Northamptonshire Project Manager
  • Damien Jones - Head of the Transport Co-ordination Service, Devon County Council
  • Stephen Joseph - Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport
  • Peter Hardy - Systra


John Sykes - Project Manager,  Network Northamptonshire

John Sykes is a transport consultant who took on the role of project manager for ‘Network Northamptonshire’ Total Transport in June 2015, having taken early retirement from Hertfordshire County Council in 2013. During his 40 years service with the council he held a number of senior transport related management posts as well as coordinating various projects within the Hertfordshire police service, CCG/NHS, Adult and Social Care services, and the council’s road safety and education departments.

These combined experiences, both at local and national level, have helped him develop a comprehensive understanding of passenger transport and sustainable transport issues at a senior management level. He has regularly risen to the challenges associated with having to manage large and multi disciplined teams, which has required leadership of a number of complex projects. One of those being an initiative in 2014 working alongside the University of Hertfordshire to deliver a mobile phone based bus ticket for their in-house fleet.  

In his current role John is project managing the coordination and delivery of a ‘social enterprise’ model to commission and deliver ‘total transport’ services across the whole of Northamptonshire. This partnership is inclusive of the county council, various NHS bodies, the universities of Northampton and Hertfordshire, and public transport providers.

John Sykes Presentation Synopsis

Damien Jones, Head of the Transport Co-ordination Service, Devon County Council

Damien Jones photo smallDamien has been Head of the Transport Coordination Service (TCS) within Devon County Council since May 2015.  He has developed a career within passenger transport in Devon since 1989 working for both the County Council and Plymouth City Council.  TCS manages all aspects of passenger transport for the County Council as well as a number of other agencies.  This includes Public & Community transport, School & College transport and Social Care transport.  From May 2016 TCS also includes a team working with the NHS on extending the integrated service through the Total Transport project.

Presentation Synopsis:

Presentation will include Devon County Council’s experience of working on its Total Transport including working closely with the NHS managing Non-Emergency Patient Transport.

Peter Hardy,  Director, SYSTRA Ltd

Peter Hardy is a Director at SYSTRA who specialises in passenger transport projects. He provides strategic support to public and voluntary sector organisations on all aspects of local bus and community transport, and education, social care and health transport. Over the last two years, he has been the link between the DfT and the 37 local authority pilot projects funded by the DfT under its Total Transport initiative. He has co-ordinated networking between the organisations and is gathering experience and findings from each as they draw to a close in March 2017.

Peter's presentation will be looking at summarising some of the messages to come out of the Total Transport projects.

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