Omnibus enhances CrewPLAN

For all operators, driver wages make up a significant proportion of operating costs, so it is essential to have the most efficient and robust schedules in place to operate services. To achieve this using traditional manual scheduling methods is a very time-consuming process, so many Omnibus customers use CrewPLAN, the automatic crew scheduling module that works in conjunction with OmniBASE.

As a core component of the Omnibus scheduling suite, CrewPLAN is able to compile a cost-effective duty schedule solution using its comprehensive set of Labour Agreement rules along with the extensive Network requirements of a typical operation. All operators have their own unique requirements regarding maximum and minimum duty lengths, mealbreak times, travel allowances, payment rules and much more; CrewPLAN takes all of these into account and is able to produce a robust and compliant solution in a fraction of the time taken to do the job manually. Experimenting with rule changes or evaluating different options is a simple task, allowing the user to choose the most appropriate solution for their needs.

CrewPLAN uses a proven algorithm, with an excellent pedigree, but the Omnibus developers are always looking for ways to improve the results. Users have already seen benefits from enhancements introduced in recent times, including:

  • more duty types and more flexible type configuration;
  • more route group definitions and extended route coverage constraints;
  • a greater number of mealbreak locations and associated travel movements.

The ability to handle various types of Crew Relief arrangements, including ferry bus movements and ‘running on and off’, has also been enhanced. All of these changes, along with increased data size limits and improvements in the use of the scheduling algorithm have resulted in more efficient solutions being possible in many real-world situations.

The Omnibus Support Team includes a number of experienced schedulers, who are always available to help users achieve the maximum benefit from using the software. In the case of CrewPLAN, they are able to give advice on setting up the rules in the most appropriate way for specific user requirements, and also guide the user through the CrewPLAN process from start to finish, providing a greater understanding of how the software works and how to get the best from it. As always, this help and advice is available as part of maintenance and support to existing users trying to improve on their results as well as new users, who may have an understanding of scheduling principles but have never made use of automatic duty compilation.


Omnibus provides passenger transport software – to timetable, schedule, staff, record, manage and publicise services around the world saving customers time and money.

Designed to be flexible enough to meet with a client’s unique demands, Omnibus software is employed by some of the world’s largest passenger transport organisations and some of the smallest too.

The extensive range of software is designed for public transport operators, Local Authorities or executives, encompasses timetabling, scheduling and operational requirements.

The core products available are robust and proven in use all over the world. These are augmented by more specialised modules which enable users to get the most value from the Omnibus solutions.

Omnibus provides the full service: from conception and design, through scheduling and publication, to management and operation.

For further information please contact:

Alison McCalpin
Tel 01353 659564
Mobile 07855 608 573

Carol Crichton or Michael Meilton
0161 6833100