Electronic Bus Registration Newsletters

The EBSR newsletter provides regular updates on the EBSR service with tips on how to use it.

The following editions of the EBSR newsletter are available below:


WELCOME TO THE 7th EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

24th June 2010

There is an ever-growing number of subscribers to the EBSR Newsletter and we hope that you are finding it to be a useful source of information about what’s happening. We would be pleased to send this Newsletter to anybody who is interested, so if you think that any of your colleagues would find it useful, please encourage them to sign up! Details about how to do this can be found at the end of this message.

In this edition there are articles about:-

  • EBSR - Statistics May 2010 – The take-up of EBSR continues to grow and this was clearly shown in May 2010 which was a busy month for EBSR. 21% of all registrations received by VOSA were in the form of EBSRs. There are now 99 local authorities receiving EBSRs (compared with 38 at the end of 2008) and 53 O licences that have made the switch to EBSR
  • EBSR Review 2009/2010 – During the 2009/2010 year VOSA handled 1,631 “live” EBSRs plus a further 2,985 EBSRs under the transition process. By the end of that year 2,145 “live” services had been registered under the process EBSR
  • National Codes – Consistent code sets are becoming more important for EBSR and where data is being shared with others. This project was carried out in partnership between Transport Direct and traveline to provide the basis for sets of National Codes for operators and codes for serviced organisations such as schools, colleges and universities. It also brought together different sources of information about holiday dates. All of these outputs have been provided to traveline who are now considering how they can best be used to support various initiatives
  • TransXChange Publisher & NaPTAN Upgrades – TXC & EBSR have been in use since 2007 and more than 70 requests for changes and additions to these have been made over that time. Changes have also been requested in the Publisher to improve the way in which it displays the content of a TXC file. All requests for changes have been considered by the PTIC Group which has prioritised development work. Earlier this year Transport Direct commissioned work on the priority items and consultation version was released in March. A review meeting in May provided feedback which will be incorporated in a revised version. The updates have been designed to be backwards compatible with previous versions, so should not have any impact on existing systems until users decide to upgrade to the new versions

We would welcome suggestions for future Newsletters from anybody affected by EBSR, please feel free to send us your contributions, thoughts and ideas. These can be related to specific issues that you have encountered or your plans and experiences with EBSR. If you are interested in doing this, please send your contributions to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. EBSR Statistics
  2. EBSR review
  3. NaPTAN Submissions
  4. TransXChange & Publisher updates for 2.4
  5. NaPTAN 2.4a
  6. TransXChange 2.4a

WELCOME TO THE 6th EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

17th December 2009

There is an ever-growing number of subscribers to the EBSR Newsletter and we hope that you are finding it to be a useful source of information about what’s happening. We would be pleased to send this Newsletter to anybody who is interested, so if you think that any of your colleagues would find it useful, please encourage them to sign up! Details about how to do this can be found at the end of this message.

Latest News

In this edition there are articles about:-

  • EBSR Statistics - The take-up of EBSR continues to grow and this was clearly shown in November 2009 which was a busy month for EBSR. 20% of all registrations received by VOSA were in the form of EBSRs, 8 operator licences made the switch to live EBSRs with a further 9 licences in the process of transition from paper to EBSR. There are now 94 local authorities receiving EBSRs (compared with 38 at the end of 2008) and 52 O licences that have made the switch to EBSR.
  • EBSR Training Resources - A set of training resources is now available for use by anybody with an interest in this subject. These explain some of the complexities of EBSR, TransXChange, the TXC Publisher, NaPTAN etc. The material includes Help Sheets, Guides and Presentations about various aspects of the systems and processes. It also includes structured courses aimed at Managers, Advanced Users and Technical Users which contain materials relevant to those groups.
  • NaPTAN Submissions - An analysis of the frequency of NaPTAN submissions from the various organisations managing that data shows that about 80% of all datasets are being updated at least monthly. With the growing take-up of EBSR and the need to ensure that NaPTAN data is always kept as accurate and as up to date as possible, all data managers will be encouraged to submit their NaPTAN data at least once a month from the start of 2010, even if there has been no change to the data.
  • Changes to Transport Websites - A number of changes have been made to transport related websites to meet new government standards. Sites have been made more accessible and URLs have also changed. This article explains the background to these changes and explains how this has affected sites.
  • New NaPTAN Viewer - A new version of the NaPTAN Viewer was recently released. This version includes a number of improvements including the ability to switch DEL records on and off to avoid clutter on screens.

Other News

  • The current version of the TXC/EBSR Publisher is version 2.2a_14. This is available from http://www.dft.gov.uk/transxchange/publisher.htm#2.2a_14. Please ensure that you have installed and are using this latest version of the Publisher which includes some improvements and bug fixes from earlier versions.

We would welcome contributions for future Newsletters from anybody affected by EBSR, please feel free to send us your contributions, thoughts and ideas. These can be related to specific issues that you have encountered or your plans and experiences with EBSR. If you are interested in doing this, please send your contributions to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. EBSR Statistics
  2. EBSR Training Resources
  3. NaPTAN Submissions
  4. Changes to Transport Websites
  5. New NaPTAN Viewer
  6. Publisher v2.2a_14

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WELCOME TO THE 5th EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

06 August 2009

There are an ever-growing number of subscribers to the EBSR Newsletter and we hope that you are finding it to be a useful source of information about what’s happening. We would be pleased to send this Newsletter to anybody who is interested, so if you think that any of your colleagues would find it useful, please encourage them to sign up! Details about how to do this can be found at the end of this message.

Latest News

  • An updated version of the Publisher (Version 2.2a-11) is now available here. The new version includes fixes for:-
    • Changes to the new Authorities in Bedfordshire and Cheshire.
    • The correct display of frequent services intervals in timetables.
    • Removal of the error message displayed when opening earlier versions of the Publisher.
  • EBSR has now gone live in 30 companies in different parts of the UK (It was live in 6 companies at the end of 2008 and has now gone live in a further 24 so far in 2009, with others close to “go live”). 4,308 EBSRs have now successfully been processed through the VOSA systems.
  • If you want to send an EBSR to an Authority in which a services does not operate (for example because one authority manages data on behalf of another) you can do that by adding it to the list of "Notified Authorities" in that section of the EBSR and the Authority will be notified, even though it has no connection with the service through its NaPTANs. However, note that the reverse does apply; if you miss an Authority from that list but the VOSA checks find that it should be there because of the NaPTAN numbers, the Registration will be rejected.
  • If an operator wants to provide additional information in an EBSR to describe the details of the service being registered, this can be included in the “free text” box in an EBSR called Description of Service. This can be used to provide details of the route, the main changes to the timetable etc.
  • Previous editions of the EBSR Newsletter are now available online. If you’re new to the Newsletter and want to see earlier editions or have missed an edition or can’t find that article you are looking for, they are now all available at here. They will also be available shortly on the DfT website at http://www.dft.gov.uk/transxchange/ebsrnews/

Articles

This edition of the Newsletter also includes articles about:-

  • The link between EBSR and NaPTAN/NPTG

    Because EBSR is heavily dependent on NaPTAN & NPTG, accurate information in both is important for EBSR. This note explains the problems that can be encountered and illustrates how these can be spotted and corrected.

  • Changes to the TransXChange Schema and the Publisher

    Recent changes to Local Authorities in Bedfordshire and Cheshire have made it necessary to update the Schema and the Publisher. The split of both Authorities into two new ones has meant that this change needs to be reflected in the supporting technical systems.

  • The latest entries in the competition for the biggest EBSR

    In the last issue we invited entries for the biggest EBSR submitted thus far. Contenders for this honour are in the attached note. Don’t forget, if you can have a service that can beat the current leader, please let us know.

  • EBSR Statistics to end of July 2009

    At the end of 2008 nearly 1,500 electronic registrations had been handled by VOSA since EBSR was introduced. By the end of July 2009 that number had increased to 4,308. There are now 90 local authorities receiving EBSRs, 22 of whom import the data directly into their local database systems, while other organisations such as traveline and contractors import EBSRs on behalf of a further 13 authorities. We have also provided information about the number of EBSRs handled in each of the Traffic Areas; as well as a breakdown of the registrations received during July 2009 which shows that about 10% of all registrations received by VOSA are now in electronic format

  • Getting to see a copy of an EBSR

    This article gives advice on how to see a copy of any registration, whether it is on paper or as an EBSR. Although all registrations are now centralised in Leeds, copies are available from there or to view or purchase through a local Offices of the Traffic Commissioner

We would welcome contributions for future Newsletters from anybody affected by EBSR, please feel free to send us your contributions, thoughts and ideas. These can be related to specific issues that you have encountered or your plans and experiences with EBSR. If you are interested in doing this, please send your contributions to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. Article on the Link Between EBSR NaPTAN & NPTG
  2. Bedfordshire & Cheshire schema changes
  3. Competition for the largest EBSR
  4. EBSR Statistics
  5. Getting to see a copy of an EBSR
  6. Publisher v2.2a_11

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WELCOME TO THE 4th EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

09 June 2009

There are an ever-growing number of subscribers to the EBSR Newsletter and we hope that you are finding it to be a useful source of information about what’s happening. We would be pleased to send this Newsletter to anybody who is interested, so if you think that any of your colleagues would find it useful, please encourage them to sign up! Details about how to do this can be found at the end of this message.

Latest News

New functions and new data checks were recently added to the ITO system. More details are available on the ITOWorld Home Page.

A new version of the NaPTAN viewer will also be released shortly. This includes new functionality to make the Viewer easier to use as well as more options for the display of the NaPTAN data. More information will be available (on www.journeyweb.org.uk) closer to its release date.

EBSR has now gone live in 11 companies (covering 30 “O” Licences) in different parts of the UK (It was live in 6 companies at the end of 2008 and has now gone live in a further 5 so far in 2009). Another 3 companies are close to being able to “go-live”

This month’s challenge – which EBSR contains the most stops and journeys? This is currently held by a service that contains 275 vehicle journeys & 75 stop points, but if you have an EBSR that can beat that we’d love to hear from you at ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk

This edition of the Newsletter also brings you:-

  • EBSR has changed my life!

    The introduction of EBSR in at least one bus company has made life much simpler for its Commercial Department as this contribution demonstrates.

  • The results of the EBSR questionnaire circulated earlier this year

    Earlier this year all Authorities that at that time were receiving EBSRs were invited to provide feedback on their experiences via a short questionnaire. About half of those invited did respond and the results are summarised in this article. We will repeat this survey shortly for those Authorities that were not involved in EBSR at the time of the original survey so that they too can provide feedback .

  • EBSR Statistics to end of May 2009

    At the end of 2008 nearly 1,500 electronic registrations had been handled by VOSA since EBSR was introduced. By the end of May 2009 that number had more than doubled to 3,333. There are now 78 local authorities receiving EBSRs, 15 of whom import the data directly into their local database systems. We have also provided information about the number of EBSRs handled in each of the Traffic Areas.

We would welcome contributions for future Newsletters from anybody affected by EBSR, please feel free to send us your contributions, thoughts and ideas. These can be related to specific issues that you have encountered or your plans and experiences with EBSR. If you are interested in doing this, please send your contributions to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. EBSR has changed my Life!
  2. EBSR Questionnaire
  3. EBSR Statistics

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WELCOME TO THE 3rd EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

20 March 2009

We are very pleased that so many of you have found this EBSR Newsletter to be useful. The first two editions resulted in a number of people asking to subscribe for future editions and we would be pleased to add more people to the circulation list. If you think that any of your colleagues would find it useful, please encourage them to sign up! Details about how to do this can be found at the end of this message.

Latest News

This edition of the Newsletter brings you:-

  • An article on the roll-out of TXC & EBSR within Stagecoach Buses
  • Stagecoach have committed themselves to the introduction of TXC & EBSR to all of their operating companies. This article by their project manager Alison Cunningham provides a summary of their progress and their future plans.

  • An article on Stop Status in NaPTAN and how to deal with NaPTANs that are no longer required

    This article clarifies the meaning of the ACT, DEL & PEN stop status allowed for in NaPTAN and also explains in more detail how this can be refined using the StopAvailability element of the NaPTAN record.

    This article also explains how the new ARChiving feature in NaPTAN can be used to remove old NaPTAN records that are cluttering your data.

  • EBSR Statistics to end of February 2009

    At the end of 2008 nearly 1,500 electronic registrations had been handled by VOSA since EBSR was introduced. By the end of February 2009 that number had increased to 2,261. There are now 61 local authorities receiving EBSRs, 10 of whom import the data directly into their systems.

We are especially pleased that Stagecoach have submitted an article to this edition. This is the first time that an organisation other than Transport Direct has provided something for the newsletter, but we hope that others will follow their lead and submit articles for future issues. These can be related to specific issues that you have encountered or your plans and experiences with EBSR. If you are interested in doing this, please send contributions to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. EBSR at Stagecoach Buses
  2. Stop Status in NaPTAN
  3. EBSR Statistics

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WELCOME TO THE 2nd EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

04 February 2009

We were very pleased that so many of you support the idea of this EBSR Newsletter. The first edition sent out just before Christmas was well received and many of you commented that it was helpful to have this way of finding out more about EBSR.

Latest News

This second edition of the Newsletter brings you:-

  • News of the release of a new version of the TransXChange Publisher

    The last edition of this Newsletter included an article about the Publisher, which is an important tool that allows you to see the contents of an EBSR submission or of a TransXChange file in a readable form. A new, improved, version of the Publisher (Version 2.2a_9) was released recently and can be downloaded here.

  • An article on creating NaPTAN stop names

    NaPTAN stop names are becoming used in more and more applications ranging from EBSR itself, to Google Maps and the new NextBuses service. As other applications use NAPTAN data they have to be sure that the data being used complies fully with the NaPTAN standard. This article provides some guidance on how to create unique and meaningful stop names. A simple easy reference guide to NaPTAN stop naming is also attached.

  • EBSR Statistics to end of December 2008

    At the end of November nearly 1,400 electronic registrations had been handled by VOSA since EBSR was introduced. By the end of December 2008 that number had increased to more than 1,500, whilst there are now 38 local authorities receiving EBSRs.

We intend that future editions of this newsletter will include news, updates and experiences from other organisations involved in EBSR including VOSA, local authorities and bus operators, as well as practical advice on implementing EBSR in your area or your company.

If you have any suggestions for topics for future issues, or would like to contribute a short article about your plans and experiences with EBSR, please send these to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk

We hope you will find this newsletter of interest.

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. NaPTAN Stop Names
  2. Reference guide to NaPTAN stop naming
  3. EBSR Statistics

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WELCOME TO THE 1st EDITION OF THE EBSR NEWSLETTER

17 December 2008

With EBSR becoming more widespread, Transport Direct feel that it will be useful to produce a regular newsletter to keep users and potential users in touch with the progress of EBSR and to provide advice on its implementation and some of the associated technical issues.

Latest News

Transport Direct will do this through regular issues of a newsletter, of which this is the first. This edition includes three attachments which bring you:-

  • A Welcome Note from Nick Illsley – Chief Executive of Transport Direct
  • An Article on the TransXChange Publisher
    The Publisher is a free to download tool you can use in order to see the contents of an EBSR submission or of a TransXChange file. It converts the data into a readable form and offers various options on how that data is presented.

  • EBSR Statistics to end of November 2008.
    Almost 1400 electronic registrations have been handled by VOSA since EBSR was introduced and 36 local authorities are currently receiving EBSRs from their operators.

We hope that future editions of this newsletter will include news, updates and experiences from other organisations involved in EBSR including VOSA and bus operators, as well as practical advice on implementing EBSR in your area or your company.

If you have any suggestions for topics for future issues, please send these to ebsr@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

We hope you will find this newsletter of interest.

Regards

Transport Direct

Links in this edition

  1. The TransXChange Publisher
  2. EBSR Statistics

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