Transport Direct services available on mobile phones and digital TV.
Transport Direct mobile phone
On a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or mobile phone using the latest browser technology (WAP2.0) over a GPRS or a 3G connection you can get scheduled arrival and departure times and in some cases provide the expected arrival or departure times for rail stations.
These stations can be clicked to show ‘Station information’ where phone numbers for taxi and/or cab (private hire car) firms serving the station are listed.
You can also connect to ‘Travel news’ link, which will list both current incidents and planned events that can affect or delay journeys, such as traffic accidents, road works, etc. You can tailor the information so that it is of interest to you by selecting options from the drop-down lists.
You can learn how to use these services on a PDA by using the PDA simulator which can be found on the Tips and tools page of the Transport Direct website.
In July 2010 Directgov mobile launched a new door-to-door journey planner, in collaboration with Transport Direct. The new mobile service enables users to plan full, door-to-door journeys using a range of public transport including trains, buses and tube as well as by foot.
Users will choose their ‘to’ and ‘from’ destinations, and an arrival time, to receive a step-by-step guide with detailed breakdowns for each stage of the journey. The planner also provides Google maps for any parts that involve walking.
The service is available on every internet-enabled mobile phone, so you can use it anytime, anywhere to help you find where you’re going.
To use the journey planner, go to m.direct.gov.uk/journey in your phone’s internet browser, or text JOURNEY to 83377 and you’ll be sent the link by text message (all texts are free).
Transport Direct digital interactive TV
Transport Direct is also available via digital interactive TV, cable and Freeview boxes with a modem or broadband connection. Using your remote control you can access up to the minute bus and train timetables as well as the latest traffic and transport news from the comfort of your sofa.
To find out how to access the service, please visit the Tips and Tools section of the portal.