Government signs £15m deal for Transport Direct portal

The Department for Transport has awarded a £15m, three-year contract to a consortium of companies led by SchlumbergerSema to...

The Department for Transport has awarded a £15m, three-year contract to a consortium of companies led by SchlumbergerSema to deliver the Transport Direct portal, a "one-stop shop" information service for travellers.

Transport Direct aims to provide travellers with information for journeys by train, bus, tube, tram, plane or car. In addition to links to ticketing outlets, the portal will enable travellers to view their travel options, plan journeys and keep up to date with travel conditions.

Under the terms of the contract, SchlumbergerSema will be responsible for overall project management, including the design and operation of the portal. Services firm Atkins will provide the journey planning software, BBC Technology will design the user-front-end, ESRI (UK) will provide the mapping software and solutions, and Real Time Engineering will supply air information solutions.

The first version of Transport Direct is expected to be online by the end of this year. The public will eventually be able to access travel information via digital TV, mobile phones and high street kiosks. The project forms a key part of the government's plans to improve public transport as an integrated system.

Transport Direct was one of the key projects identified by Tony Blair last November when he outlined the government's £6bn investment to boost public sector IT.

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