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Go-Ahead opens applications for latest transport proof of concept lab programme

Posted: 13 November 2019 |

UK transport start-ups and SMEs have been invited to collaborate with The Go-Ahead Group for the latest programme of its innovation lab to help small businesses grow and develop their solutions for passengers.

Go-Ahead opens applications for "UK’s largest" transport proof of concept lab programme

UK transport start-ups and SMEs have been invited to collaborate with The Go-Ahead Group, the UK public transport operator, for the latest programme of its innovation lab.

The Billion Journey Project, now entering its third year, sees the Go-Ahead Group offer a 12-week scheme to help small businesses grow and develop their solutions for passengers.

The scheme aims to improve customer experience through innovative new offerings. Previously, the scheme generated an app for disabled transport users, which went on to be rolled out nationally across the railways in 2018.

Other programmes include AirPortr, which allows airline passengers to check in their baggage from home, with special ticketing offers planned for passengers of Go-Ahead’s Gatwick Express service.

Mark Anderson, Head of Commercial Innovation, said: “I am delighted that Go-Ahead is once again opening up The Billion Journey Project to engage with the UK’s great transport innovators.

“For us to prepare for the future of transport it is vital that we challenge ourselves to innovate and that is exactly the ethos behind Billion Journey Project.”

Applicants selected will be invited to pitch in late November 2019, with the winners given the chance to attend workshops for 12 weeks.

The process will culminate in a “demo showcase” in March 2020, which will see the small businesses present their tailored solutions to an audience including Go-Ahead executives, technology experts and potential investors.

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