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Tuesday, 28th February 2012 - 12:20

New Chairman for ITS United Kingdom Public Transport Interest Group


The ITS (UK) Public Transport Interest Group has elected a new Chairman, Gary Umpleby who is General Manager, Hogia Transport Systems Limited

The outgoing Chairman, Dr Chris Querée, founded the Group in 1999.

The PTIG has around 200 participants and covers travel information, ticketing, control, safety and security systems.  It provides a neutral forum for public and private sector representatives with an interest in the use of Intelligent Transport Systems for public transport.

Gary Umpleby said:  “I very much look forward to working with the Members of the Group through 2012 and beyond.  I would also like to thank Chris personally for his sterling stewardship of the PTIG over the last twelve years during which time the PTIG has come to be a centre of excellence in the UK and also internationally for public transport related technology.   Chris, will be an impossible 'act to follow' but together with the two Honorary Secretaries of the Group Daniel Hobbs of Aecom and Debo Shopade of Centro, I will endeavour to continue the good work and to deliver benefit where we can to the PTIG membership.

For my part I have a specific 'mission' - partly driven by my work at Hogia, but also by a developing personal passion to introduce into the UK some basic changes to the way in which we manage public transport data, which I believe, and a number of colleagues in the industry also believe, could deliver a step-change in the usability of public transport - in particular use of the bus and its interaction with other public (and private) transport modes.”




Picture shows Gary Umpleby




For further information, please contact:


Jennie Martin



+44(0)20 7709 3003


Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.

The membership, over 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, Police Forces, consultants, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.



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