Independent Survey Highlights the Need for Private Investment in the Aftermath of Events at Railtrack
Travel InfoSystems, the travel planning software provider, today announced that the findings of an independent survey reveal that 97% of local authorities claim they need further funding from central Government to fully implement the Public Transport Information (PTI) Initiative. Of these 26% revealed that the extra money was specifically needed for more staff to oversee the implementation of the Initiative. The Government-led initiative aims to provide up-to-date travel information for all customers of public transport in the UK.
Terry Hiles, Managing Director, Travel InfoSystems, says, “With the recent events at Railtrack, a major provider of rail travel information, I am sure that further funding from central Government would be welcomed by the local authorities, the Public Transport Executives (PTEs) and transport information providers to enable them to provide more comprehensive travel information, which includes rail, bus and other transport modes. However, the Government’s much vaunted public-private partnerships are a more viable alternative then simply throwing more money at the problem. Such partnerships would make better use of the money that is already available, whilst ensuring the public gets the transport information they both need and want.”
The survey, conducted during the summer months, was commissioned by Travel InfoSystems to discover the extent to which local authorities and PTEs have embraced the PTI Initiative. It reveals that only two thirds of local authorities provides travel information as a result of the PTI Initiative, whilst a third admit to having done little. Less than a third of local authorities update their transport information on a regular basis, and less than a quarter can provide real time information about delays or cancelled services.
Hiles adds, “Outsourcing the provision and implementation of public transport information to a private company would allow local authorities to benefit from private inward investment, such as advertising revenue and money raised from other add on services. These market forces are needed to make the collection and provision of up to date and real time transport information viable. It would also allow the best and latest technology developed by the transport information industry to be used for the benefit of the public transport traveller”.
Barry Doe, Independent Travel Consultant, comments, “Public Transport information costs money to deliver. This cost should be seen as part of the larger investment needed to turn people away from their cars and towards the bus and the train. The quality of transport information needed to do this can only be achieved with the provision of greater funding from central government and public private partnerships. Both are needed if the PTI Initiative is to be a success.”
Travel InfoSystems will be demonstrating its new and enhanced version of CityPlanner for the first time at Passenger Transport Solutions (PTS 2001) in London, on 30 and 31 October 2001. The latest version of the innovative multi-modal travel planning software includes radical new functionality such as street maps and door-to-door journey planning. CityPlanner allows local authorities to provide users of public transport with the ability to plan journeys just by entering the place name or address for their starting point and destination.
Travel InfoSystems, Stand 10, Passenger Transport Solutions 2001
30-31 October 2001, Kensington Town Hall Exhibition and Conference Centre, London.
For an online demo of CityPlanner visit: htt[://www.travelinfosystems.com/cityplan
To register on-line for PTS 2001, visit PTS 2001 Website at http://www.aboutpts.com
The independent survey entitled, “Embracing the PTI Initiative”, from May 2001 is available now from MCC International, contact Tamsin Keynton on 01962 888100, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Travel InfoSystems
Travel InfoSystems is a leading provider of interactive travel planning solutions to commercial and public sector organisations. They are the producers of RailPlanner, the UK’s the best-selling rail travel software and TubePlanner, an award winning London journey planner. City Planner has recently been added to this collection of products, and is a new solution that enables users to plan multi-modal travel around London or other major UK cities. Their portfolio of products and services include new media solutions for the Web and WAP, and software for PCs and handheld devices. Travel InfoSystems also have extensive experience in networked and Intranet solutions as well as in the development of customised and branded products for both internal and external corporate use.
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