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Public Transport

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he is making on increasing integration of public transport (a) timetables and (b) ticketing. (253185)

The Department for Transport is working with the industry to increase integration across different modes of public transport.

The Department's online journey planner, Transport Direct:

www.transportdirect.info

provides comprehensive travel information and integrated journey plans for both public transport and car.

National Rail Enquiries also have a lead role in providing comprehensive timetabling information. They are currently updating their data to assist the public in planning their journey to and from the station, including adding timetable information for other modes of transport.

Station Travel Plans aim to provide the best access options to the station. The 24 pilot schemes currently running will consider rescheduling timetables to ensure better integration of public transport services.

The Department is also working with the industry to support this and other initiatives in integration across different modes of public transport.

Work is under way on an integrated ticketing strategy for England. This will cover buses, trains, coaches, taxis and parking and the intention is to publish a consultation paper in the late spring. Officials are currently meeting informally with key stakeholders to inform development of the consultation paper. However, there are a considerable number of integrated tickets already available. These include multi-modal tickets such as Travelcards in London, the, ‘Kangaroo Ticket’ in Nottingham and ‘PlusBus’, which provides a simple add-on bus option to rail tickets at either or both ends of a journey.