A model for an information and booking system to incorporate train, plane and bus travel across Europe is being developed by an Amadeus-led consortium.
The European Commission set up aims to enable residents and visitors to “enjoy a seamless door-to-door travel experience” to streamline searching, booking and buying tickets for travel across Europe.
The All Ways Travelling consortium consists of Amadeus, Dutch and Belgian joint venture BeNe Rail, airline association IATA, technology firm Thales, rail company UNIFE and Zeppelin University. It is part of the EC’s Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area initiative which aims to increase employment within the sector and reduce carbon emissions.
Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission in charge of transport, said: “We need to develop European multimodal journey planners in Europe. To make the best use of all existing transport modes and infrastructure, we need to ensure the availability, accessibility and exchange of all relevant information, such as schedules, capacity and paths.”
The first stage will require the privately-funded Zeppelin university to carry out an in-depth study of multimodality, to be completed before the end of 2013. Once validated by the EC, the consortium will trial business models, operations and specific technologies for the Proof of Concept stage.
Thomas Drexler, global head of Amadeus Rail and Ground Transportation, said: “In addition to the breadth of knowledge and experience within the consortium itself, we have created an advisory board consisting of 10 representatives of the major players in the industry to ensure that the approach to multimodal travel is truly beneficial for the travel industry as a whole.”