Friday, December 9, 2022

Bus information upgrade across the borough

THURROCK Council and its partners EssexCounty and Southend have announced – following a full upgrade – the installation of new technologies at bus stops will be active from Thursday (25 July) this week.

Bus users across Essex will see departure information on the electronic information signs, after several months of the real-time displays not showing information.

Initially, the new system will only show timetable information while operators equip their buses with the technology necessary to show live arrival information on the displays over the coming months.

When complete, the live information will change depending on traffic movements and will ensure people have the most up to date information on the bus service they are using.

In the longer term, other system upgrades will include audio announcements from the displays using the Royal National Institute of Blind (RNIB) React 3 system and once live information is received from operators, downloadable phone and web travel information that will be continually updated.

Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for highways and transportation said: “Accurate and up-to-date travel information has been an essential part of both air and rail travel for many years, so I am delighted Thurrock’s bus travellers will receive the same level of journey information.

“This upgrade will enable passengers to plan their travel with greater reliability and convenience.”

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