CT4N increases reliance on Omnibus software for planning

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CT4N operates services in and around Nottingham. CT4N

The Nottingham operator has expanded the suite of cloud-based software used by its planning and operations teams to help streamline its business

Nottingham-based CT4N is to add automatic crew scheduling system CrewPlan for controlling operational costs to its suite of Omnibus cloud-based operational and allocation solutions to help it to achieve efficiencies within its crew duty scheduling process. Currently done manually, the operator says that CrewPlan will significantly reduce the time to produce efficient and compliant driver duties and give it tighter control over costs.

The software uses algorithms to automatically generate a set of drivers’ duties for a network, taking account of user-controlled parameters and allowing variations to account for locally-agreed labour rules. Elements such as route content within duties can be controlled and undesirable duty types minimised, says Omnibus, enabling CT4N to create efficient schedules which are practical in operation.

CT4N Commercial Director Nigel Eggleton said: “Investing in the right digital solutions allows CT4N to tackle today’s challenges head-on and lay a solid foundation for the future growth of the charity. By swapping out inefficient processes with CrewPlan, we can reduce workloads, accomplish more with our resources by minimising costs and provide management greater visibility and transparency of operations.”

Founder of Omnibus Peter Crichton said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with CT4N, and I’m pleased to be working with Nigel again. Like all our solutions, years of internal and external industry knowledge and expertise is built into CrewPlan, and this will keep continuing, making it an essential planning tool for producing robust and efficient crew duty schedules and evaluating ‘what if?’ scenarios.”