step closer to becoming a reality after transport minister
Glenda Jackson announced over£2m of funding for local
been awarded funding for 1999-2000. The projects typically include
equipment for telephone enquiry bureaux covering more locations with
longer opening hours, and electronic journey planners accessible on
Ms Jackson said:
'Better information is essential if we are to make public transport
an attractive alternative to the car for many trips.
'Picking up the phone and dialing one number - or using a single
internet site - to find out how to get from A to B by any mode of
public transport is a short step away from becoming a reality.
'We promised in our White Paper to deliver such a system and I am
delighted that the 13 projects awarded funding today will help to
take us a closer to delivering on that commitment. I am particularly
pleased that most of the projects have a significant partnership
support from local transport operators, in addition to the capital
£1m was made available to local authorities last year to
enable essential building blocks - such as local transport databases
and internet sites - to be put in place. The projects awarded funding
today will build on existing systems, plug the gaps and link them
together for all public transport modes. They will be available
initially over the telephone or via the internet and aim to be in
place next year.
Bids accepted for funding approval came from Northumberland, Durham,
Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, City of York, South Yorkshire,
Lancashire, Leicestershire, Plymouth, Hertfordshire, Cheshire, Luton
and Essex. In many cases these bids represented consortia of local
authorities and transport operators throughout an area.
Out of the 31 bids received, eleven local authorities have been asked
to resubmit their bids where it was felt that their projects had
merit but there was scope for greater partnership.
1. Glenda Jackson announced on 26 October 1998 that capital funding
would be made available to local authorities to enable them to play
their part in delivering the national public transport information
system.£1m was awarded for schemes in 1998-99 and£4m is available for 1999-2000. The funding would be made through supplementary credit approvals.
2. Bus and rail industries are working together, through a national
steering group, chaired by Veronica Palmer, director general of the
Confederation of Passenger Transport to develop the system, along
with specialist providers and other interested parties. The steering
group is supported by the DETR.