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 backed the move by inviting local authjorities to bid
for money for capital expenditure on public transport information.
'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.'