CitySwift partners with Transdev Blazefield and trentbarton to optimise public transport networks

CitySwift, the leading company in data intelligence for the public transport sector, has today announced its partnerships with both Transdev Blazefield and trentbarton. 

CitySwift, an intelligent transport data platform that improves the performance of public transport networks using AI-powered analytics, simulations and optimisations, will be working with both Transdev Blazefield, which services bus services across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, and trentbarton, which operates both local and regional bus services in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire to optimise the network. 

Through CitySwift’s performance optimisation software, Transdev Blazefield hopes to future-proof the bus network by utilising CitySwift's intelligent data solutions. Transdev will be able to create a resilient, data-driven bus network that responds to passenger needs by optimising reliability and resources thanks to CitySwift's intelligent data hub, which provides access to high quality network performance insights, optimal service recommendations, and predictive analytics. Additionally, trentbarton aims to employ CitySwift's technology to speed up network optimisation to provide a better user experience and gain precise insights that enable them to identify exactly what's occurring within the network. The CitySwift platform collects, filters, and enhances data from hundreds of sources to give authorities and operators a reliable single source of truth.

Alan Farrelly, co-founder and CCO at CitySwift, said: “We are delighted to begin working with both Transdev Blazefield and trentbarton to help optimise their transport services. Both of these organisations are committed to ensuring their customers are engaging with the most efficient public transport possible. As we continue to grow, providing our services across the UK, we are continuously investing by improving our cutting edge technology.” 

Based in Galway, Ireland, CitySwift was founded by Alan Farrelly and Brian O'Rourke in 2016. CitySwift collaborates with public sector transport authorities and private bus operators to eliminate obstacles in accessing and interpreting transport data. The focus of these partnerships is on attaining accurate data across the network, which enables both organisations to implement a data-driven approach targeted at shifting passengers from private vehicles to more environmentally friendly public transport choices.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Paul Turner, Commercial Director at Transdev Blazefield, commented “For the first time, thanks to CitySwift’s platform, we have a single source of truth for our bus network data. Having access to reliable data unlocks our team’s ability to quickly make decisions - ultimately enabling us to deliver a better service to our passengers.”

Tom Morgan, Managing Director at trentbarton, commented: “Embracing data-driven decision making is reforming the way we plan our bus services, ensuring we’re meeting our customers top priority – punctuality. From optimising routes and schedules to enhancing customer experience, having access to intelligent data insights unlocks more efficient, reliable, and customer-centric bus services for all. CitySwift’s platform will also help us identify delays and hotspots on our network which our local authority partners are keen to prioritise us through, giving bus customers a clear advantage over the car.”

These partnerships closely follow the company having opened its first UK office earlier this month in London and announcing an additional partnership with Transport North East. Transdev and trentbarton now join National Express, Transport for Wales, and Metroline, in using CitySwift’s technology to improve bus punctuality and increase passenger satisfaction. Additionally, in February of this year CitySwift announced the close of its latest funding round of €7 million led by Gresham House Venture, as the company scales for growth globally.