The Government Digital Service (GDS) has revealed that GOV.UK will officially replace Directgov on 17 October.

The much anticipated site is set to act as a single domain for citizens accessing services and information across government, but is currently running in beta with new feature being added to the site every week or two.

A new banner on the website says: "Welcome to GOV.UK. From 17 October this website will replace Directgov and Businesslink as the best place to find government services and information."

The cost of the new single-domain website is nearly five times lower than that of Directgov. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a parliamentary written answer that the budget for 2011-12 and the financial year to date of the GOV.UK, including its alpha and beta sites, is "approximately £4.6 million".

In contrast, the government revealed that Directgov cost taxpayers £21.4 million, or 11p per visitor, in 2010-11.