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Transport firms finesse their Web services

There was little change in performance amongst the transport Web sites we last looked at in Computer Weekly 25 November 1999. The average speed is down to 3.12s compared with 4.34s.

Generally the home pages for the sites covered have remained more or less the same size, National Express still being the largest with a home page of 91.5Kbytes.

Railtrack continues to give the best download time of the crop and has improved slightly from November. The site now takes 0.47s to download compared to 0.58s the last time we checked, which is not bad for a site that has a 46Kbytes home page.

Stagecoach had the biggest improvement in reliability. In November the site failed 41 times out of a thousand attempts. It is now down to just two out of a thousand.

Stagecoach head of corporate communications, Robert Ballantyne says the site is very much work in progress. "Our brief was to get the Web site up and running for investors."

Previous results (25/11/99)

  Homepage Number of times Size of home page
  download times (s) site failed out of (kbytes)
    1,000 attempts  
British Airways 4.16 10 76.6
National Express 9.73 3 97.2
Railtrack 0.58 22 47.9
Stagecoach 1.16 41 36.1
Virgin Rail 3.08 7 32.4


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