One of the key activities for the Transport Direct team is to engage with relevant parties to set standards for the way in which data can be exchanged between interested parties - particularly, but not exclusively, to meet the needs of the Transport Direct service itself. This is work that is also of wider interest both within Europe and Internationally.
Transport Direct is seeking to ensure that work in the UK complies with emerging standards or even sets the relevant standards. There are close relationships between each of these initiatives that will improve significantly the quality and consistency of information available about bus and other public transport services - to the benefit of operators and the providers of information services such as traveline, as well as for Transport Direct itself.
A catalogue of standards and standards-like initiatives relevant to Transport Direct and an analysis of the areas in which standards are inadequate to support the successful development of Transport Direct was prepared by Curtis and Cartwright Consulting Limited (now Centaur Consulting), with the independent assistance of Peter Warman, in 2001. An updated ‘Catalogue of standards for travel information and retailing’ was published in November 2007 by Centaur Consulting, with assistance from Kizoom. The catalogue should be read along side the ‘Review of standards for travel information and retailing’ and ‘A Guide to standards for travel information and retailing’.
The following content is available from the Department for Transport web archive: