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Public Transport

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been conducted by his Department to encourage and facilitate the use of intelligent transport systems; and from which budgets such work has been funded in each case. (234901)

The Department for Transport is one of three sponsor partners of the Future Intelligent Transport Systems (FITS) programme which is looking into innovative ways to solve transport problems.

To facilitate the deployment of ITS applications, the Department has developed a web based ITS Toolkit which contains case studies and guidance on monitoring of ITS related schemes. Both of these initiatives are funded through the Transport Technology and Standards Division programme budget.

The Department also provides funding and support to research and development for a number of transport technologies that have the potential to help deliver its objectives. Examples include real time bus information, journey planning and better traffic management and control systems. These activities are usually funded through the budget of the sponsoring division.