By Lorraine Parker
XEPHOS, the travel information system originally developed by Southern Vectis, has won a national award.
The computerised journey planning system won the Bus and Coach Professional Award for technical development at the Bus Industry Awards at the London Hilton.
The system can offer local and national information on thousands of journeys around Britain and is the only service to provide downloadable and printable timetables for all 12,500 services in its database.
It enables users to look up any one of 70,000 places currently available in the UK and will find a list of all public transport there or a distance to the nearest services.
The citation at the awards read: "Although in existence for some time, the judges felt the xephos system was a truly notable development that seemed to have the potential to be used as the core of national enquiry service currently provided by other information systems."
Peter White, director of the Xephos project, said: "Our estimates suggest that using Xephos as the basis for a re-vamped national enquiry system would save bus companies about £6m, local authorities about £10m and the government at least £20m per annum.