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PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION SYSTEM A STEP CLOSER - MINISTER

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Nationwide access to a public transport information system by the ...
Nationwide access to a public transport information system by the

year 2000 took a major step forward with the opening in London by

transport minister Glenda Jackson of the first industry-wide Public

Transport Information Conference.

Ms Jackson hailed the conference, hosted by British Telecom, as an excellent example of transport operators, local authorities and technology specialists working in partnership. Its main aim is to debate how travel information could be improved to meet the government's objective of a public transport information system systematically extended across the country by the end of the century.

Ms Jackson backed the move by inviting local authjorities to bid

for money for capital expenditure on public transport information.

She said:

'This government is determined to demolish the barrier to public

transport created by incomplete and incoherent information. ,

and I am extremely pleased that the next step along this road has

come from the industry itself.

'As part of our commitment to a national system, the government's backing for a national public transport information system I am determined that government should do what it can to provide local authorities with the fundings to fill the gaps in passenger transport information at a local level, or to enhance what already exists.'

Local authorities are now will be invited to bid for capital spending

on funds for public public transport information capital expenditure

projects, for the remainder of this financial year and for next year.

Beyond that, capital expenditure on public transport information will

be a component of the new-style local transport plans, on which the

department will shortly be issuing guidance to authorities.

Ms Jackson continued:

'Today marks a major step in delivering the government's

objective of nationwide access to public transport information,

and I keenly await the results of the conference.'

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