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Lincolnshire Coastal Project Presented to Regional Transport Conference

The South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership has presented a new solution to improve transport in rural areas at today's Rural Transport Conference, taking place in Melton Mowbray and hosted by Midlands Connect.

Representatives from the Department for Transport, senior politicians, decision makers and experts have come together for Midlands Connects first Rural Transport Conference to discuss how to better-connect rural communities through public transport and hear from the three shortlisted Rural Mobility Competition entrants.


The Lincolnshire Coast was the focus for one of the three projects to be shortlisted in the Rural Mobility Competition, to find new and innovative ways to improve transport in rural areas. Run by regional transport body Midlands Connect, businesses were encouraged to submit initial ideas for how technology could be deployed to tackle rural transport issues and enhance local connectivity.


Although the Coastal project was not selected as the winning scheme, Midlands Connect has announced today they are committed to working closely with the Lincolnshire team to pursue Demand Responsive Travel. The Demand Responsive Transport app was submitted by the Deutsche Bahn Group to be developed in partnership with the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


Deputy Chief Executive of the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, Michelle Sacks,explains: "The Mablethorpe and Skegness proposal relies on a technology-focused scheme that will allow users to pre-order and access demand responsive transport. The service would increase the take up of sustainable transport and reduce isolation by providing shared minibus and car trips where there is no public transport alternative. This could be deployed to access healthcare services, other amenities or local tourism destinations."


"We are delighted to be one of the three finalists and have such positive feedback from Midlands Connect. It is our continued commitment to working with partners and engaging with our local communities that aims to help tackle and overcome rural connectivity needs."


Two DB group companies collaborated on the Lincolnshire proposal - DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C) and ioki. ioki is an expert for digital mobility solutions. DB E&C is part of DB E.C.O. Group, a full-service provider for integrated rail systems - from feasibility studies to operations, for infrastructure, vehicles, and systemic interfaces.