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Keeping track of rail timetables on the net


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BR Business Systems/Railtrack plc

Keeping track of rail timetables on the net
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date
6 January 1997
source BR Business Systems/Railtrack plc
type Press release



o Over 80,000 requests for timetable information received from all over the world on the new Railtrack Internet service, developed and designed by BR Business Systems

BR Business Systems (BRBS) and Railtrack plc are jointly announcing the availability of the complete UK railway passenger timetable on the Internet. The interactive service has already attracted thousands of visitors to the site which can be reached via "www.rail.co.uk/ukrail/planner/planner.htm". In this way, up to date information about the timetable will be available to businesses and consumers via the internet, the UK's fastest growing medium. BRBS, the primary supplier of information technology to the UK Railway industry has designed, developed and implemented the timetable as the major feature on Railtrack's new Web site.
Steve Silk, Network Services Manager for BRBS, said: "We were given a tough assignment by Railtrack. We utilise information downloads from mainframe systems, intermediate database processing, web technologies and state of the art communications facilities to provide the fast, 24 hour a day service."

"The facility is updated automatically with changes reported by train operators twice a week. I'm very pleased with the result.

"This work and other rail related internet developments under way demonstrate BRBS' ability to integrate existing technology and new environments, such as the Internet's World Wide Web. The Internet is a very valuable medium for transmitting exactly this type of information - it gives the rail customer access to the latest information at the touch of a button."

He adds: "The technology used and agreements made with Railtrack mean that we are able to supply Internet timetable services specific to any and all train operators."

Railtrack's head of systems, Philip Collings, said: "We worked with BRBS because of their in-depth knowledge of the railway industry and because they had the ability and technical expertise to respond quickly and effectively to the challenge."

BRBS also operates "UK Railways on the Net", providing web design, development and hosting services for many train operators and diverse businesses associated with the UK railway industry. The site can be found at www.rail.co.uk. Racal BRT provides all internet connectivity for BRBS projects.


Note to editors

Railtrack owns and operates Britain's rail infrastructure, including track,signalling systems and stations. It employs over 11,000 people and generated an annual turnover of £2.3 billion in financial year 1995/6.

BR Business Systems (BRBS) is the primary supplier of information systems and services to the GB railways industry. BRBS benefits from over 30 years experience in running and maintaining the complex network of information flows and processes vital to the effective running of the rail network. BRBS employs over 1,000 people and generated an annual turnover of sterling 87 million in financial year 1995/6.
For further information, please contact:

Lucy Saunders, Joanne Smith, Paula Elliott or Christian Hides

Arrow Public Relations
Tel :01344 486000
Fax :01344 487000
Internet:
lsaunder@arrow.co.uk
jsmith@arrow.co.uk
pelliott@arrow.co.uk
chides@arrow.co.uk


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