Patient Transport Service Tender Outcome The Patient Transport Service (PTS) Core Contract was issued to competitive tender in April 2012, and NWAS submitted a bid for across the region. Following the announcement in October, NWAS is delighted to have been awarded the contract for delivery of Patient Transport Service in the counties of Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire. However, disappointingly, we have not been awarded the contract for the Greater Manchester area. A key integral part of our bid strategy was the recognition of the caring and professional nature of our PTS staff, and their continued deliverance of true patient care to the public within our region's communities. Over the next few months, the Trust will embark on a programme of modernisation to ensure it is set to undertake the new contracts from 1 April 2013 and also work with the new provider in Greater Manchester to ensure a seamless handover of services.