Monday, 21 December 2015

Members and Guests Gather at the RNLI College for the Third Business Travel Network Group Meeting

Following the expansion of the Business Travel Network across wider parts of Dorset, members and guests were invited to the third Business Travel Network Meeting held on 16 December 2015.

Hosted by the RNLI the panel of speakers included:

Emma Baker and Mike Read from Dorset County Council provided an update on the successful completion of phase 1 of the A338 road works.  They also informed the group about phase 2 and the planned part closure of the Ashley Heath roundabout and diversion routes. 

Jenni Wilkinson and Fiona Hardwood provided an update from Yellow Buses, including how the buses have been modernised, the Carbon Stoppers Thursday campaign, art on the bus campaign, and the new ‘talking buses’.  Jenni and Fiona also informed the group about how Yellow Bus staff are available to visit businesses and talk to staff.

Nikki Honer provided and update from More Bus and informed the group about how businesses can work more closely with More Bus to help their staff, the installation of free WIFI and USB charging points on the buses and also the new ‘speak me’ feature on their website to help those for whom English is not their first language.

Richard Barnes from Bournemouth Borough Council updated the group on the new Multi-operator key card.  The card will be soft-launched in January and will enable passengers to save money on a day travel pass for use across bus operators.   Richard also updated the group on Real Time Information boards and how businesses could link to these and provide real time information about bus times to their staff in the workplace.

Emma Sadiwskyj-Frewer and Tim Huxley from the Business Travel Network also updated members about future funding opportunities for the BTN and their plans for 2016, as well as an update about South West Trains Franchise Consultation and the expansion of the Business Travel Network to the following areas of Dorset:
  • Bournemouth Aviation Business Park
  • Dorchester
  • Ferndown
  • Portland
  • Weymouth
  • Wimborne

The meeting was rounded off with a festive quiz with Tim Sanders of Discover Dorset scooping the prize, and a fantastic lunch created by talented chefs at the RNLI.

For more information about the Business Travel Network and how to join visit the Why Join page or e-mail us on

(Image credit : RNLI)