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7 March 2001


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Minister launches new integrated transport initiative

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.

August 2000




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