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Monday, 1st April 2013 - 16:00

ITS United Kingdom welcomes DfT’s new Door to Door sustainable transport integration strategy

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ITS United Kingdom, the UK’s society for those who work in Intelligent Transport Systems, welcomes the support for ITS evident in the DfT’s Door to Door strategy document. The good quality and easily available travel information referred to in the document can only be created and delivered using ITS systems to collect and process the data and delivering the resulting time table and real time information to well designed user interfaces. Predictive information will also become more important, along the lines of “What will the travel situation be tomorrow at 8.30 when I have to travel in to town, and how do my travel options compare in terms of time, cost and over crowding?” Similarly, the smart and integrated ticketing which has been championed by Norman Baker since he first became a Transport Minister, is a well developed and easily available ITS technology. In the UK this is not least thanks to the DfT’s creation and ongoing championing of the ITSO specifications for smartcards. The barriers to integrated smart ticketing are institutional and most often related to the deregulated nature of the UK’s transport market. Government efforts to find a consensual solution which enables travellers to change seamlessly between different operators’ services without penalising any operator will be very welcome. With 60 million London Oystercards issued to date, rolling the Oyster specification out nationwide may seem a simple answer, but this is in the main not compatible with the many other smartcard schemes already operating particularly for free travel entitlements. A strong Government steer is necessary. ITS (UK) also welcomes the commitment to build on the success of the Accessible Journey Planner created by the ODA and DfT for the 2012 Games to improve travel information services for disabled travellers and extend the scope of Transport Direct in this area. Using ITS to support disabled travellers is an important topic for ITS (UK) and its Inclusive Mobility Interest Group brings together Members with an interest in this area. ITS is a vital component in delivering any sustainable and integrated transport strategy. The role of data in ITS will become increasingly important - we will need to focus less on the hardware and more on the underpinning IT algorithms, processing and thinking that make data useful and personally meaningful Ends ENQUIRIES: For further information, please contact: Jennie Martin ITS (UK) Tel: +44(0)20 7709 3003 Email: mailbox@its-uk.org.uk Notes to editors: ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market. The membership, over 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, Police Forces, consultants, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions. Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.

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