Rail Minister Keith Hill attended
the launch at St Pancras Station in London on 2 August 2000 of a new guide which
will assist the development of integrated transport. A train, a taxi and the
publisher of the guide were there at the launch.
The traintaxi guide lists taxi
and private hire operators serving all train, metro and underground stations in
Great Britain. It allows business and leisure traveller to plan a journey by
train and book a taxi or private hire car to bridge "those final few
miles" to their destinations.
Keith Hill says: "Traintaxi
is all about giving people choice through providing accurate, reliable and
comprehensive public transport information. The easier that journeys by public
transport can be mad, the more people will leave their cars behind and use good
alternatives. This helps to cut both pollution and road congestion."
The guide is the idea of
Peterborough businessman Paul Bakker who set up Traintaxi Limited to research,
validate and publish the traintaxi information.
Mr Bakker comments: "The
guide can be bought through bookshops and over the internet. More importantly,
we hope to make the information which it contains widely available from public
transport enquiry services."
Midland Mainline - which runs
High Speed and Turbostar trains between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London
St Pancras - is the first to use the traintaxi guide in its call centre and
travel centres. Traintaxi Limited hopes to have similar arrangements in place
with other rail operators soon.
Malcolm Brown, Midland Mainline's
Sales and Marketing Director says: "Midland Mainline is delighted to be
able to offer the facility to passengers which traintaxi provides, and sees it
as another stop in taking people away from their cars. By making life easier, we
can show them that rail - integrated with other forms of transport - provides a
simple, convenient way to travel."
Keith Hill adds: "I welcome
the traintaxi guide and hope to see it widely available - not just as a printed
book but over the internet and in call centres. I congratulate Traintaxi Limited
on its bold initiative and commend Midland Mainline for being the first
passenger train operator to use the guide."
The traintaxi guide is available
at £4.75 through WH Smith and other good bookshops, and can be ordered over the
web from www.bookshop.co.uk or by mail
order (postage and packing free) from Traintaxi Limited at the address below,
enclosing a cheque for £4.75 payable to Traintaxi Limited.