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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cheshire East to discuss taxi and bus tendering programme

 

A trio of consultation events is taking place in Knutsford and Crewe to discuss Cheshire East Council’s tendering of contracts with bus and taxi providers.

The authority has been re-examining its tendering programme, how it manages relationships with transport contractors and how it can improve the quality of service to customers.

Now, Cheshire East and passenger transport specialists TAS Partnership are offering companies the chance to contribute to the review.

Providers will get the opportunity to discuss the Council’s terms and conditions of contract; quality standards; and the procurement of home-to-school transport.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Managing directors or commercial directors or those responsible for tendering for council contracts are invited to attend these important one day events.

“The Council and TAS Partnership will make short presentations but we also want to hear the views of visitors on what we can expect from each other.

“For example, on the procurement of home-to-school transport, should we bundle routes and contracts and commission one operator for one school? These are just some themes we are interested to hear views on.”

The events take place between 10am and 2.30pm at the following venues:

· Monday, November 7 – Bus operators – Tatton Park, Knutsford

· Wednesday, November 9 – Taxi/minibuses – Alexandra Stadium, Crewe

· Friday, November 11 – Taxi/minibuses – Tatton Park, Knutsford

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided. Up to two delegates per company will be permitted although places may be restricted to one per company.

Any providers interested in attending should contact the Council on 01270 371479.

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