Phase one was completed in December 2003 with the delivery of the portal infrastructure. In phase two, the company implemented software upgrades to improve functionality and also integrated travel news and data from 11 Traveline regions into the central journey planning system. This included timetable information for services to and from 330,000 bus stops and 2,500 train stations across the UK.
An Atos Origin statement said that improvements included a ‘more sophisticated search facility with the option to search on a partial postcode; a direct link to National Express and Scottish City to purchase tickets as well as improved presentation of the latest travel news’.
‘Transport Direct is very complex project involving data from many sources,’ said Nick Illsley, chief executive, Transport Direct.
‘Once we’ve finished trials later this year the service will be available to help the travelling public plan their journeys, compare costs and keep up to date with real time travel conditions.’
Atos Origin was awarded a three-year contract worth £15m in 2002 and is responsible for overall project management including the design, build and managed service operation of the portal.
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