Transport Direct is the only website that offers information for door-to-door travel
for both public transport and car journeys around Britain. Our aim is to provide
you with comprehensive, easy-to-use travel information to help you plan your journeys
effectively and efficiently.
Transport Direct is unique in that you can:
- Compare public transport options with a car route to find a way of travelling which
best suits your needs.
- Obtain a car route that takes into account predicted traffic levels at
different times of the day so that you can make informed decisions about when to
- Get an estimate of the cost of a car journey.
- Buy train and coach tickets from our affiliated retail sites without having to re-enter
- Use PDAs and mobile phones using the latest browser technology (WAP2.0) over a GPRS
or a 3G connection to find out departure and arrival times for railway stations
throughout Britain and for some bus or coach stops.
- Calculate CO2 emissions for a car or public transport for a specified journey.
We have an ongoing development programme to increase the number of travel services
available on Transport Direct, which is available on any browser enabled device.
We are also working with third parties to make elements of our service available
through their websites.
Enabling intelligent travel
Transport Direct is a world first. We are the first ever web site to provide national
coverage for information about all types of transport.
Our aim is to provide you with all the trusted information you need to find the
best travel option to suit your particular circumstances. We aspire to be world
class, providing the best quality information for all types of transport, so that
our users can make better travel decisions.
Our strapline is "Connecting People to Places", because we want to make it easier
for you to find both the place you want to go to and the best means of getting there.
Who operates Transport Direct?
Transport Direct works together with both public and private travel operators and
local/national government. Transport Direct is operated by a consortium, led
by Atos. The non-profit service is funded by the UK Department for Transport,
the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government.
The Highways Agency, Traffic Wales, Transport Scotland and the rail, coach
and bus operators provide information to Transport Direct either directly or through
our partners, "Traveline" who operate a public transport telephone service.
Who builds and develops this site?
Atos is an international information technology (IT) services company that
leads a consortium appointed by the DfT in January 2003 to design, build and operate
the Transport Direct portal. Atos’s understanding of UK transport sector
information models and data structures provides the insight necessary to identify
and make connections - both physical and intuitive - between disparate databases
and siloed systems across the travel industry. This enables Atos, in partnership
with the Department for Transport and a range of data providers, to deliver travel
intelligence to passengers, car drivers and pedestrians.