NHS Tayside is working with Tactran to trial a new project which aims to make travelling to health care sites easier for patients, staff and visitors. The project has been awarded funding from Transport Scotland’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Investment Fund.
The funding will be used to provide access to digital solutions that will give people easy access to travel information so they can be better informed about the different ways to access, make and pay for journeys.
MaaS solutions can provide on-demand travel options and users can have ready access to real-time
journey information and an integrated journey planning platform. Users stipulate their journey and travel preferences on an app, computer or kiosk, and are presented with journey choices, according to their preferences, which fully integrate public and private transport options.
The funding will also help NHS Tayside test the viability of MaaS in Scotland with patients, their families, carers and staff. The project will be trialled by NHS Tayside’s urology outpatient service, which is primarily based in Perth Royal Infirmary.
Tracey Williams, Associate Director Improvement with NHS Tayside said, “We are really excited by the potential opportunity the MaaS programme offers.
“We know from speaking to our patients, carers and staff that transport and access is an issue for many people in Tayside. Having a more sustainable approach to transport will help reduce patient stress and missed appointments and will allow us to deliver a more cost effective service.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity, Michael Matheson said, “We want to help Scotland to become an international leader in Smart Mobility. These initial awards from the first year of the Mobility as a Service Investment Fund are an important step towards unlocking this potential for innovation.
“The concept has the potential to transform the way we use transport by making public and shared transport options as desirable as using our car. The award of funding for these projects can grow the evidence base for MaaS by developing and testing digital solutions that encourage and enable modal shift to public and active transport alternatives.
“It’s about increasing simplicity and reducing barriers for those choosing to travel and encouraging them to pick sustainable options. All of which can make a significant contribution to a healthier and more sustainable Scotland.
In the 2018/19 Programme for Government Scottish Government committed a £2 million three year investment fund to support the testing of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept in Scotland.
The aim of the Fund is to test, in a practical application, the viability of Maas in Scotland. It will support project that aim to develop innovative digital data driven solution, to provide better access to simple and flexible transport options for people, making public transport an easy alternative to using a car.