‘Slide Bristol’ is an intelligent and easy travel solution for Bristol’s commuters developed by the international transport operator RATP Dev. It has just launched in Bristol and is the first service of its kind anywhere in the United Kingdom.
The ‘Slide Bristol’ app enables Bristolians to book a ride to work from a nearby location at a preferred time during peak commuting hours. The technology offers a convenient pickup point and calculates the optimal route to the passenger’s place of work based on others requesting a similar journey. The app has been developed to give commuters a comfortable and stress-free ride.
The app has been developed with commuters in mind:
• Slide goes where the demand is: Bristolians can now book a ride, in advance or just minutes before travelling, without any location or timetable constraints. Pickup and drop off points are within a five-minute walk of customers’ homes and places of work.
• Slide is commuter-focused: the service runs at key times for those travelling to and from work in Bristol; departing between 7.30 and 9.30am and from 4 to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
• Slide is comfortable: brand new vehicles with Wi-Fi and air conditioning for eight passengers maximum. It’s possible to book seats for colleagues and friends too.
• Slide’s fares are fixed and upfront: fares are not based on the number of passengers or demand at the time of travelling. The fares are more affordable than taxi rates and only cost a little more than taking the bus. From Filton to Bristol centre (around 7 miles), for example, it will cost £7 for a demand-responsive and premium service.
• Slide is a cashless service: commuters pay on their smartphones via a secured payment system.
RATP Dev developed and launched Slide as a Bristol-based on demand transport service run locally. It partnered with Padam, a French start-up which is supplying its unique booking and payment system as well as providing ongoing technical support.
Tim Jackson, CEO of RATP Dev UK, said: “RATP Dev already operates some of the United Kingdom’s best known urban transport systems, such as its red buses in London and the Metrolink tram in Manchester. As an international expert in multi-modal transport dedicated to serving local needs, it was important to us to invest in a Bristol-based team, as close as possible to the local community, to develop this service.”
At Invest Bristol & Bath we’ve been working closely with Slide to help them settle in Bristol. Matthew Cross, Head of Inward Investment added:
“We’re delighted that Slide chose Bristol as their base – having such an innovative company land here is great for the city and will create local jobs in the region. With Bristol being the only fast growing, globally significant tech cluster in the UK, we’re a hub for digital companies like Slide and the app they’ve launched will make a real difference to commuters in Bristol.”
To learn more about ‘Slide Bristol’, please visit: www.slidebristol.com