Sign of the times

This year Nottingham City Council has fitted over one hundred bus stops with real-time electronic displays to give passengers up-to-the-minute information about their bus services.

The council has invested £0.8m in the latest phase of a ten-year project to provide blanket coverage of real-time travel information for bus passengers across the city. There are now 1,200 displays across the city bus network covering over 140 bus routes.

Real-time information takes away the uncertainty a passenger may feel while waiting at a stop where the arrival time counts down in minutes. This is complemented by 24/7 live service disruption and other information on the displays.

The latest phase has seen displays installed in various locations around the city including Bestwood, Clifton, Aspley, Wollaton, Cinderhill, Bilborough, St Ann’s and Bulwell, as well as near key sites such as Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University in Clifton, City Hospital and the Tennis Centre.

Since April 104 stops have been fitted with the displays with a further 24 due to be carried out this year. There are one hundred more displays to be installed to complete the project next year, which will see all stops where passengers board buses fitted.

Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport, Councillor Nick McDonald, said: “Nottingham has the highest public transport use outside London and providing passengers with accurate service information at bus stops is one key way to make buses an attractive travel option, along with a good, modern bus fleet and bus priority measures to give passengers swift, reliable journey times.”

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