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A national public transport information system has come a significant ...
A national public transport information system has come a significant

step closer to becoming a reality after transport minister

Glenda Jackson announced over£2m of funding for local

authority projects.

Thirteen projects - with a combined value of£2.06m - have

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

the internet.

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

funds awarded.'

£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.

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