Transport for London (TfL) - in partnership with UK mobile and internet
information provider Kizoom - is today (February 15) launching a new
real-time travel information service available to Londoners, commuters and
visitors via their mobile phones.
Those with WAP-enabled mobile phones simply enter the TfL Mobile Internet
address - http://www.tflwap.gov.uk - and select their preferred mode of
travel, be it Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Thames River
services. WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol and, in plain
English, allows those with suitably equipped mobile phones access to
internet-based information on the move.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "My Draft Transport Strategy makes
it clear that there is much work to be done to improve transport in
London. But with TfL's new WAP mobile phone travel information we can
make getting around London much more predictable, making journeys easier,
more comfortable and less stressful.
"Now Londoners and commuters can get up-to-the-minute travel information
on Tube, bus, DLR and Thames River services anywhere and at any time,
simply and at the touch of a button."
The WAP travel information is organised as follows:
Tube:Up-to-the-minute information on disruption to services, line-by-line.
DLR:Up-to-the-minute information on departure times, station-by-station
Bus:Longer-term information on disruption and diversions by bus number.
River:Longer-term information listing departure, drop-off and destination
TfL's partners in the project Kizoom currently receive around 250,000
requests a month for a similar service providing national rail travel
information. With around three million Underground, four million bus and
136,000 DLR journeys made in London every day, the potential for the new
service is enormous.
Kizoom founder and Chief Technical Officer Nick Knowles said: "This new
real-time travel information from TfL is exactly the kind of application
that people want via their mobile phone. It puts the information in their
hands, letting them make smarter decisions about how they manage their
lives. We're delighted that TfL selected Kizoom to be their partners in
what we believe will be a revolution in the way that transport and
timetable information is delivered to the passenger."
Notes to editors:
· Kizoom, which specialises in mobile internet information solutions and
particularly on usability, was formed in 1998.
· On the first day of the petrol crisis in September 2000, Kizoom recorded
a 40 per cent increase in WAP enquires about national rail services.
· TfL is also planning a wider range of mobile phone and internet travel
information services, due to be announced later this year.
Transport for London is this year hosting the world's major urban public
transport industry congress and its accompanying Mobility & City Transport
exhibition, the biennial UITP Congress, to be held at Earls Court in
London, May 20-25. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has put improving
London's transport at the top of his agenda and will address UITP London
Transport for London will also showcase all that is innovative and best
about transport in London with a major interactive exhibition stand at
For more information on Transport for London or UITP London 2001, please
contact Stuart Ross on 020 7941 4191, or visit the TfL website:
www.transportforlondon.gov.uk; or the UITP website: www.uitp.com.
For more information on Kizoom, please contact Iain Frazer-Halpin or
Matthew Ward at Brodeur Worldwide on tel no: 01753 488840 or 01753 448875;
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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