Natasha Bates

Service Manager – Commissioning, Passenger Transport Somerset County Council

I have worked in Local Government since 2000 undertaking a variety of different roles.

The majority of this time has been spent within the field of Passenger Transport, predominantly in operational roles dealing with the day to day management of the services and associated issues.

More recently I have moved to a commissioning role within Transport, which has enabled me to become more involved in future initiatives and strategic development.

My Speaker Sessions

Tuesday 14 June 2022


Case Study: Mobility in Rural Areas - Somerset ‘Think Travel’ Total Transport Portal

15:20 - 15:40 Design Transport Network/Mobility Theatre

Think Travel is a web-based journey planning and booking facility for use by local authority transport teams and the public, to provide a single point for all public transport information which will include public buses, demand responsive transport services, community transport options and community car schemes as well as enabling users to offer or request journeys and set up transport sharing groups.

  • Overview of Somerset’s rural public transport challenges and strategy
  • Overview and demonstration of Somerset’s ‘Think Travel’ portal which has been recently launched following development jointly with Gloucestershire using DfT Total Transport funding

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