Better bus info for borough and county passengers

Published on: Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Borough and county bus passengers are to benefit from better information as ‘live’ journey time technology is rolled out.

The screens – called Real Time Information (RTI) - count down in minutes when the bus is due to arrive at an individual stop. They will also display details of service disruption and information about local events.

Two out of the initial 20 electronic information screens advising passengers of expected arrival times have now been erected at stops in College Street, Long Eaton.

More of the screens are set to be put up along bus routes in Ilkeston and Sandiacre as well as parts of the Amber Valley during the coming months.

Services being covered by RTI are Trent Barton’s Indigo, which connects Derby, Long Eaton and Nottingham; My 15, which runs between Ilkeston, Stapleford, Long Eaton, Old Sawley, Castle Donington and East Midlands Airport and Skylink between Nottingham, Long Eaton and East Midlands Airport.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “This is great news for bus passengers as they will know when their bus will arrive. Similar screens already exist in neighbouring authority areas so these latest screens will help to fill in the gaps along longer routes.”

Councillor Spencer added: “We want to encourage more people, where possible, to get out of their cars to help cut congestion and reduce the carbon footprint in the county. Providing  more reliable information supports more sustainable ways of travelling.”

This RTI roll out is part of a wider project – Derbyshire Highways Hub Advanced Real Time Information (DHART) – which will also include traffic light improvements to give buses priority and the better integration of data to feed into traffic monitoring systems.

The total cost to roll out DHART is £3.5m. Derbyshire County Council is investing £1.05m with £2.45m coming from the Department for Transport.

 

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