Strathclyde Partnership for Transport deploys integrated financial platform

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Scotland's largest transport authority, is creating an integrated financials, procurement, stores management and timesheets platform to help reduce complexity and streamline contract negotiation processes.

SPT is made up of 12 constituent councils represented by elected local councillors. SPT owns and runs the Glasgow Subway, used by around 14 million passengers a year, and provides subsidised bus services where no commercial services exist. SPT employs almost 700 people.

The authority is using software from TechnologyOne aimed at increasing efficiency and visibility across SPT’s organisation. It will also be used to streamline the yearly negotiating process for 800 transport services contracts.

The deployment includes the use of TechnologyOne Financials software, which is designed to provide the ability to interpret accounting and financial information more efficiently.

The system can be "changed easily and quickly" to meet new legislative and reporting requirements as they arise, "without the burden of costly reprogramming or external consultants", said the supplier.

“The new systems have given us much more visibility into our accounting process and we can now quickly generate reports for a wider range of activities,” said Neil Wylie, SPT director of finance.

He said, “The software has a lot of integration capability and we are now planning to use the systems as part of a new online contract negotiation framework to speed up the process and deliver better value to the organisation.”

Last year, Transport for London awarded a 10-year, £22.6 million contract to Easynet Global Services to provide digital telecommunications network services for its CCTV system upgrade.

The contract supported TfL’s move from an existing analogue CCTV system to a digital IP-based CCTV system, a separate contract awarded to Serco last March. TfL said the upgrade would improve the flexibility of surveillance, and help improve road traffic flow in the capital.

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